When geckos lose their tail do they lose their mojo too?

Thanks to Sciencelearn.org.nz for the photo

According to new research, when gecko’s lose their tails, they also lose some of the energy they need to get away from predators.

An international team of researchers published an article in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

The article explained that whilst dropping it’s tail may help the gecko to escape, it also caused it to lose energy.

For more information have a look at the ABC science website here or the URL is: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/11/20/2748556.htm

Space Shuttle Launch

The Atlantis Space Shuttle Mission successfully launched just over 4 days ago.

It is going to the International Space Station to deliver parts, bring crew member Nicole Stott to Earth and will include 3 spacewalks.

How cool is that?

For more information, some really amazing video footage (including the launch) a blog and profiles of the crew check out:  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

Eastern Regional Libraries Website 4 Kids

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Thanks to pics4learning.com for the photo

If you like animals, competitions, cool science and great books then check out the Eastern Regional Libraries website.

It is designed for kids 7-12 years old, and has some excellent resources including my favourite, the Cool Science page which has links to cool experiments, science websites and a list of great Science Fiction books to read. How cool is that?

You can find them at: http://www.erl.vic.gov.au/kids/kids.htm

There is a page of Top Reads with book reviews by kids for kids. You can even ask a librarian a question…awesome!

If you like listening to stories on-line, check out the TumbleBook library link on the right hand side. You can listen to picture story or chapter books. So cool. Have fun 🙂

Deep Space Photos!

Lunar Earth Rise

Thanks to 1000 pictures for the Earth Rise image

 

As the International Year of Astronomy draws to a close, take some time to have a look at the amazing collection of photos on the ABC science website.

Click on the link here

or the address is: http://www.abc.net.au/science/photos/?site=science&gallery=/science/photos/xml/09deepspace.xml

Each photo has a brief description of what you are looking at.

My favourite is number 5 – The Seven Sisters. I wonder what yours will be?

Check out the Smithsonian!

Did you know that the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex? WOW!

You can find out all about them at their website: http://www.si.edu/

If you are interested in museums, zoos, exhibitions, science news or are lucky enough to be planning a visit then check them out.

There is a special page for students and teachers called Smithsonian Education located at: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/

Here, you will find tabs for Educators, families and students where you can enter a search for what ever you would like to find out about. There is even help for your homework!!

Science at the Smithsonian found at http://smithsonianscience.org/ has science news, meet the scientist, videos and more!

What a fabulous resource…Have fun 🙂