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March 2012 - Editor's Blog

Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

  • A new NASA program brings the excitement of space exploration to children learning to live a healthy lifestyle. Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative, NASA's Train Like an Astronaut program aims to increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become more physically and mentally active. The program uses the excitement of space exploration and astronaut training to challenge, inspire and educate kids to set physical fitness goals and practice fitness and proper nutrition. Kids will explore mission challenges, learn the science behind nutrition and learn to train like an astronaut. The activities used in the Train Like an Astronaut program were...      Read more...
    Published 5 Mar 2012 3:59 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Brain Pickings , Maria Popova's clever and captivating blog, shares a story called Alan Turing's Reading List: What the Computing Pioneer Borrowed From His School Library . Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer science pioneer who created the Turing machine, which was instrumental in the development of modern computer science. It seems that a list of the books that Turing checked out during his years at Sherborne School in England was discovered recently. Popova notes that "the selection features some wonderful wildcards that bespeak the cross-disciplinary curiosity fundamental to true innovation," and goes on to highlight 5 of her favorites on the list. These...      Read more...
  • The highly anticipated Frozen Planet debuts this weekend on Discovery Channel. Narrated by actor Alec Baldwin, the seven-part series will premiere on Sunday, March 18 from 8-10PM ET/PT, and on subsequent Sundays through April 15. A Discovery Channel/BBC co-production four years in the making, Frozen Planet will provide the ultimate portrait of our earth's polar regions, where the scale and beauty of the scenery and sheer power of the natural elements are unlike anywhere else on the planet. Ambitious and epic in scale, Frozen Planet will reveal an astonishing world filled with more creatures, variety, color and spectacle than ever imagined - including the birth of an iceberg bigger than the...      Read more...
    Published 15 Mar 2012 1:47 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Many organizations throughout the world are observing World Forest Day today. For example, RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests is hosting several events in celebration of World Forest Day on March 21, and through the end of March. Forests are vital part of life on Earth, serving many functions that range from maintaining biodiversity to providing basic human needs. The world's forests also store enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, which helps mitigate climate change. Forests and trees have also been the subject of several of our SB&F prize winners, such as A Seabird in the Forest and The Wild Trees . Unfortunately, as this story from the website of the U.S. Geological Service...      Read more...
  • Recently we told you about Cambridge University Library making Sir Issaac Newton's papers available online. Now, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has launched a new online resource containing a complete catalog of more than 80,000 documents in the University's Albert Einstein Archives. The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to Albert Einstein's scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era. It also enables access to the Einstein Archive Database, a comprehensive source of information on...      Read more...
    Published 22 Mar 2012 2:54 PM by Maria Sosa