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Chemical Romance

Do you teach chemistry? Need some ideas or stimuli to get some juicy classroom discussions going? Well here goes!

Jennifer, one of our readers, pointed us in the direction of this brilliant resource: 15 Amazing TED Talks for Chemistry Geeks.

An array of chemical flasks

Chemistry is beautiful

From synthetic life to bacterial communication to the science of breadmaking, this is a great collection of fascinating and informative lectures from the TED conferences. Use them in your classroom to hook in/inform your students (or get them to watch the film at home before the lesson, as they are 15-20 minutes long).

Thanks for the fantastic tip Jennifer! And to the rest of you out there- if there is something wonderful you come across (a useful resource, an event, a great idea), we’d love to help spread the word- do drop us a line :)

Emission statement

Many of us have heard about how cattle production contributes more to greenhouse emissions than cars, but have you ever wondered just how they calculate a cow’s emissions? I have, so I will share what I came across today.

Measuring methane production from a cow

The inflatable tank on the cow’s back is connected directly to the cow’s first stomach through holes in its ribs!  The data from this research is being used to determine how much Argentina’s agriculture contributes to climate change. 

If you are planning a classroom discussion around climate change, try using this image as a stimulus. In fact, take a good look at PopSci’s entire gallery of amazing science images, because many are provocative, intriguing and can be used to engage and inform your students in classroom discussions.