AC7C. 2008–2020 Planet-Star Systems

Staying current for Chapter 7 { A Changing Cosmos Contents } Articles from 2008–2020 2020-12-21.  Habitability and the Evolution of Life Under Our Magnetic Shield. By Manasvi Lingam, Eos/AGU. Excerpt: …The existence of a global magnetic field raises questions about how it affects habitability and life. This is a question wide in scope, and the discussion […]

Stay Current 2022

-•-2023-12-31. Greta Thunberg ends year with one of the greatest tweets in history. [] By Rebecca Solnit, The Guardian. Excerpt: On 27 December, former kickboxer, professional misogynist and online entrepreneur Andrew Tate, 36, sent a boastfully hostile tweet to climate activist Greta Thunberg, 19, about his sports car collection. “Please provide your email address so I can send a […]

Stay Current with GSS

The GSS email list (google group) receives “Stay Current” articles (excerpts and links to the source articles). To receive them email with subject line “Join GSS”. Please give your city, state, country, and your school (if you’re a teacher). See also “Stay Current” links in each book’s Contents table. Some news sources limit the […]

DEW3.2. What Has Been in Your Backyard?

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } This investigation was developed by Becca Kranz and John Pickle. Materials and Preparation To do this activity you will need Access to the Internet or download all materials over the Internet first,  Familiarity with AnalyzingDigitalImages software and spreadsheet software,  Images of pollen maps in order to […]

DEW Sources of Equipment

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } The following sources are not endorsements of any particular product or supplier, but since one of the goals of this project is to develop and integrate low-cost equipment to support scientific exploration and learning, we did need to post our sources. Aerial Photography: Purpose–valuable way to collect useful […]

About Self-Organizing Systems

{ To Index of GSS Books } Self-Organizing Systems: A Unifying Paradigm for Science Education  Richard Golden and Cary Sneider April, 2013 Nature, in the systems view, is a sphere of complex and delicate organization. Systems communicate with systems and form supersystems. Strands of order appear and out of increasingly complex levels of organization novel properties […]

PG8C. Stay Current—Choosing a World

Staying current for Chapter 8 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2023-01-30. The Alternative, Optimistic Story of Population Decline. [] By Wang Feng, New York Times opinion piece. Excerpt: China, the most populous country on the planet for centuries, this month reported its first population decline in six decades, …. By the end of the […]

PG7C. Stay Current—Can We Limit Human Population Growth?

Staying current for Chapter 7 { Population Growth Contents } 2022-07-01. For scientists, Roe’s end raises concerns about personal safety and professional choices. [] By Katie Langin, Science Magazine. Excerpt: When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on 24 June, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion and handing decisions about abortion access to state legislators, the […]

PG5C. Stay Current—The Environmental Impact of Populations

Staying current for Chapter 5 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2022-12-09. Animals Are Running Out of Places to Live. [] By Catrin Einhorn and Lauren Leatherby, The New York Times. Excerpt: WILDLIFE IS DISAPPEARING around the world, in the oceans and on land. The main cause on land is perhaps the most straightforward: Humans are […]

PG4C. Stay Current—The History of Human Population Growth

Staying current for Chapter 4 See non-chronological resources { Population Growth Contents } 2022-12-22. U.S. Population Ticks Up, but the Rate of Growth Stays Near Historic Lows. [] By Robert Gebeloff and Dana Goldstein, The New York Times. Excerpt: The pace of population growth picked up in the United States this year, driven primarily by immigration, but […]