‘Super Jupiter’ Dwarfs Solar System’s Largest Planet

‘Super Jupiter’ Dwarfs Solar System’s Largest Planet.

I love this article especially because it features a real photo of a planet 170 light years from Earth.  Computer images of distant planets are abundant but to see a photo that actually represents the planet (bright blurb at ~ 10 o’ clock, next to black circle with plus sign which is the star of this system) is a real treat.  When I try to contemplate planets orbiting other stars my first thought is ‘I wanna see it!’  My second thought now is ‘I wanna show my students!’

bright blob at roughly 10 o’clock is an actual photo of a planet orbiting a star 2.5 times the mass of our Sun located approx 170 light years from earth!


Seaweed-threatened corals send chemical SOS to fish | Life | Science News

Seaweed-threatened corals send chemical SOS to fish | Life | Science News.

This is a cool article that would be excellent when discussing intraspecies interactions in biology.  I  really like this article because it shows how complicated even seemingly ‘simple’ organisms can behave.  The story could also lend itself to informing students about climate change and the effects of oceanic acidification as the result of global warming, you know, how its all connected!  How our american lifestyle effects the entire globe!

Living among coral branches, the broad-barred goby (Gobiodon histrio) will react to a chemical cue from its sheltering coral releases if touched by a brilliant green, toxic seaweed (right) and nip back the encroaching foliage. Credit: Danielle Dixson

Star Formation is Coming to a Close | Discover Magazine

Star Formation is Coming to a Close | 80beats | Discover Magazine.

The universe is running out of star-making materials.  To think that I am alive to witness the universe running out of anything in my lifetime is pretty neato.  This article would fit in with learning about the chemistry of life.  It could work in a lesson about the life cycle of stars, but also shows students that our universe is moving through it’s own life cycle as well.

A composite image of a molecular cloud used as a model to determine how stars are formed