My Latest Musings On 13 December 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read. I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of this list.

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A significant number of my readers are educators. Their contribution is vital to the strength of a nation and to the conservation of Nature because the strength of a nation and a society and the preservation of Nature starts with great education opportunities for all. Here are three great videos that focus on education.

“Making sure all our students get a great education, find a career that’s fulfilling and rewarding, and have a chance to live out their dreams … wouldn’t just make us a more successful country — it would also make us a more fair and just one.” — Bill Gates

Here is a TED talk by Bill Gates on education and teachers.

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A famous TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, ” How Schools Kill Creativity”  , is a “must see” for all educators.

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I love stories that portray the successes of youth. This is a wonderfully inspiring story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build a cheap underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat the engineering powerhouse, MIT, in a robotics competition.

Underwater Dreams

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Outdoor nurseries – the merits of child-centered learning outdoors. A great idea in environmental education

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A fascinating article on very old trees. “According to the Eastern OldList, an online database of the oldest confirmed trees in eastern North America, a white cedar growing on the Niagara escarpment lived to the ripe old age of 1,653 before dying. Another lasted to 1,567. A 1,141-year-old specimen is still alive.”

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Great statement of the connection between the evolution of the universe and life on Earth. The Most Astounding Fact – Neil deGrasse Tyson. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. Our atoms come from the stars. Thanks to David Collin  for bringing this to my attention.

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Penn State study revealing how deer react to hunters. Gun noise produces evasive behavior changes in a given geographic area  but cross-bow hunting does not. The picture of the young trophy hunter in this story makes me real sick. I’m an idealist. I say, stop hunting altogether and restore our key predators. Quit trying to justify hunting with convenient “facts”.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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