With the new academic year comes new projects, new papers, and the need for new distractions! Sometimes you just need to procrastinate and you might as well make it educational and fun! I myself have spent many an hour, okay maybe two, on Youtube watching an endless rotation of mischievous kitten videos. When those get old I like to turn to some more informative content. If you’re like me then check out the list below. These channels offer great information in succinct clips, perfect for marathoning when you have that paper due in a couple hours!
I recently had the pleasure of traveling down to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ to watch my brother’s graduation.
While I am extremely proud of all his accomplishments another draw was that Bill Nye was slated to be the 2015 commencement speaker. As a childhood fan I certainly wasn’t going to miss this opportunity!
Nye imparted some excellent words of wisdom on the audience, while also tying in his views on climate change and racism. He urged the graduates to take climate change seriously, and expressed his hope that they would rise to the challenge of solving this crucial issue. Along with this wish, Nye also pointed out that in order to solve the problem of climate change the class of 2015 would have to put aside preconceived notions of race. We are all members of the human species, worthy of respect, and capable of making world changing discoveries said Nye.
Nye’s speech was inspiring as well as educational, and an excellent reminder that we are all responsible for building one another up for the good of the world.
To read Nye’s remarks in full click on the link below!
High school might be a distant memory but you’ll be surprised by what you still remember.
Take Buzzfeed’s newest quiz and find out exactly how much you’ve retained from your high school science classes!
I got a B which is honestly better than I expected.
Thanks to a SPARK study done last year you might have noticed the famous Google doodles have been featuring more women!
In 2014 SPARK studied the doodles being placed on Google’s homepage and found there was a distinct lack of diversity among the historic figures being celebrated. In fact between 2010 and 2013 only 17% of doodles featured women, and of that 17% only 4.3 % were women of colour.
History is learned in a variety of ways from a myriad of sources, including those fun images showing up on your Google home page! By leaving out women, as history so often does, Google was underrepresenting a group that makes up half the world’s population; a group that has also made significant contributions to science, technology, politics, literature and every field in between.
Since being made aware of SPARK’s study Google has made an effort to equally represent both men and women in their doodles. When SPARK went back to check Google’s progress they found the women are now being featured as often as men. Just this past week Google featured trailblazing journalist Nellie Bly. To learn more about Bly check out the doodle, http://www.google.com/doodles/nellie-blys-151st-birthday .
For more information on SPARKS study click the following link, http://www.sparksummit.com/doodleus/