Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Here is what you will find in this issue:
1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
2. Neuroscience for Kids Site of the Month
3. Eye On Chicago
4. Science in the Cinema
5. Invasion of the Giant Jellyfish
6. Media Alert
7. Treasure Trove of Brain Trivia
8. Support Neuroscience for Kids
9. How to Stop Your Subscription
A. July Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Later School Start Time May Make Better Students
In July, 1 new figure was added and 20 pages were modified.
This month's "Site of the Month" is a collection of neuroscience blogs
written by several different authors rather than a single web site. Some
of my favorite blogs on the site are "The Frontal Cortex" by Jonah Lehrer,
"The Thoughtful Animal" by Jason Goldman, and "Developing Intelligence" by
Chris Chatham. You can spend many hours reading through the stories (some
long, some short) because these writers post new entries several times
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Los Angeles, CA
If your city does not yet have a Science in the Cinema program, perhaps you can get one started. Maybe you could have a "NEUROscience in the Cinema" program and focus on the brain and brain research. The NIH Science in the Cinema web site has a list of films that they have used in the past and your local university may have the experts who can lead a discussion.
And speaking of science and movies, the "Imagine Science Film Festival" will take place in New York City, October 15-22, 2010. From the festival web site at:
"The Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) is a full-fledged New York Science Film Festival. The objective of the festival is to showcase that effectively incorporate science into a compelling narrative while maintaining credible scientific groundings.
ISFF is the first science film festival in New York. It is an environment
where filmmakers, artists, scientists and the public can meet, where
science is exciting and accessible to everyone, regardless of their
background. At ISFF, the public will join scientists in learning and
imagining science through visual storytelling."
As a lifeguard removed the jellyfish from the water, he broke off pieces of the tentacles. So, instead of one large 40-pound jellyfish to worry about, swimmers had to avoid many small stinging pieces. People who were stung complained of itching, burning and pain and several children were taken to the hospital. Everyone is expected to recover completely.
Did you know?
A. The box jelly stings with the acceleration of up to 40,000 times the force of gravity. The toxin enters the skin within a fraction of second, making the jellyfish sting one of the fastest mechanical events observed in nature. (Source: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 15, 102-108, 2004.)
B. A jellyfish does not have a brain. Rather, the jellyfish nervous systems is organized in a series of interconnected nerve cells called a nerve net.
C. The box jellyfish has 24 eyes. (Source: Nature, 435:201-205, 2005.)
B. "Jellyfish: The Next King of the Sea" by Abigail Tucker (Smithsonian magazine, August 2010).
C. "Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine" by Jonah Lehrer (Wired magazine, August, 2010).
D. "Dead or Alive" is a museum exhibit (closes October 24, 2010) at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City. The exhibit features sculptures and other pieces created from natural materials such as insects, bones, plants and even hair. The museum web site includes a 78-page resource kit for teachers:
B. All tigers have yellow-orange eyes except white tigers that have blue eyes. Tigers also have round pupils; other cats have slit pupils. (Source: Dua, H.S., Dua, A.S. and Singh, A.D., The eye of the tiger, Br J Ophthalmol, 94: 166, 2010.)
C. In a 1546 letter, Artist Michelangelo wrote, "...a man paints with his brains and not with his hands, and if he cannot have his brains clear he will come to grief." (Source: Paoletti, J.T. and Radke, G.M., Art in Renaissance Italy, 3rd edition, London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2005.)
D. Dolphins have very small inner ear canal systems. The bottlenose dolphin and the mouse have semicircular canals that are the same size. (Source: Scudellari, M., Dolphins vs bulls, The Scientist, July, 2010, pp. 21-22.)
E. August is Pain Awareness Month.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.