“We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.”—Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com (via fuckyeawecanlivelikethis)
Two mathematicians were having dinner in a restaurant, arguing about the average mathematical knowledge of the American public. One mathematician claimed that this average was woefully inadequate, the other maintained that it was surprisingly high.
“I’ll tell you what,” said the cynic. “Ask that waitress a simple math question. If she gets it right, I’ll pick up dinner. If not, you do.” He then excused himself to visit the men’s room, and the other called the waitress over.
“When my friend comes back,” he told her, “I’m going to ask you a question, and I want you to respond `one-third x cubed.’ There’s twenty bucks in it for you.” She agreed.
The cynic returned from the bathroom and called the waitress over. “The food was wonderful, thank you,” the mathematician started. “Incidentally, do you know what the integral of x squared is?”
The waitress looked pensive; almost pained. She looked around the room, at her feet, made gurgling noises, and finally said, “Um, one-third x cubed?”
So the cynic paid the check. The waitress wheeled around, walked a few paces away, looked back at the two men, and muttered under her breath, “…plus a constant.”
“The report, based on Census and National Science Foundation data analyzed by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, shows that professions that depend heavily on skills learned in these fields are the second-fastest growing occupational group in the United States, after health care …
Compared with many other fields outside of these disciplines, STEM workers can earn higher wages. On average, 65 percent of those who hold a bachelor’s degree in such fields will earn more than those who hold master’s degrees in other subjects. Among those with associate’s degrees in the science and technical fields, 63 percent earn more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees in other subjects.”
Just a neat and easy way of demonstrating gas densities you can try at home! Yay!
You will need: Two vessels to contain gas, some small candles, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and acetic acid (vinegar).
In one container place some candles and light them, in the other place baking soda and vinegar making sure to cover it to prevent gas from escaping. Once the reaction has finished, pour the gas (but not the liquid) into the candle’s container. This should extinguish the flame of the candle as the denser CO2 produced sinks to the bottom and starves the flame of oxygen.
To the sudden influx of new followers: Greetings in the name of science!
and, more importantly:
It’s always refreshing to see so many people interested in science! And for you to deem me worthy of following is a huge honor!
Anyways, I will definitely try my hardest not to disappoint you, my fantastic followers (which shouldn’t be too hard since most of the things I post are by people way smarter than me anyhow). And again, thank you for following!