Monthly Archives: April 2017

An Excavation Team in Egypt Has Discovered Another Ancient Pyramid

An excavation team working near the Dahshur royal necropolis has made an exciting discovery! There aren’t a lot of details about the ancient pyramid, but some of the facts we do know include:

•    The structure was discovered near King Sneferu’s pyramid in the south of Cairo, a burial site for high-ranking officials.
•    The pyramid dates back around 3,700 years.
•    The structure was likely built during the 13th Dynasty, about which historians know very little, due to the rarity of surviving monuments from this time.

Ancient PyramidAs archaeologists continue to excavate the pyramid, they will also continue to gain information about how large it is, whether it is intact, and what secrets the structure may hold. It was originally reported that this pyramid was believed to be one of the first attempts by Ancient Egypt to build a smooth-sided pyramid, but this is now thought to be a translation error.

We now know that this pyramid was built much later and near the time that Ancient Egyptians ceased making pyramids at all. This is a good example of the importance of using a good-quality scientific notebook to keep accurate records when recording any type of data to prevent having it misconstrued.

The location and timing of the new discovery have led to excitement over the potential for learning more about a time where few records exist. King Sneferu constructed the Red and Bent Pyramids, both of which are considered early examples of the Egyptian’s pyramid architecture. Later, King Sneferu’s son, King Khufu, built the pyramids at Giza.

Findings and recordings from the past provide scientists with important information about how significant this discovery may be. Only time will reveal who is buried in the pyramid, but it is already looking as though it may be a high-ranking official like those in proximity to the new discovery.

One can only imagine the thrill that comes from this type of discovery. As researchers anticipate the findings that are likely to be unearthed throughout the excavation, many of us will remain watchful of the news of what each new day may bring.

scientific notebookAs scientists continue to reveal what the new discovery has to offer, they are likely to feel the rush of making a new discovery with each milestone they reach. New discoveries are only experienced once before they become news and the scientist moves on to the next one. The same is true for any researcher at every level of research.

From high school students to those scientists who are working in the field to find new and amazing discoveries from a past era, no other tool is more important than a high-quality journal or research notebook where they can record data, first impressions, and a wide variety of details that will be needed for future analysis. Without accurate and detailed records, the true value of any discovery is at risk of being lost.

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The Brain’s Hot Zone and What It Means to Your Dreams

“Nothing happens unless first we dream,” Carl Sandburg is quoted as saying.  Dreaming and why we dream is one of science’s great unanswered questions. It’s also a source of fascination for most of us. We wonder endlessly about what our dreams mean, and it often has us questioning who we are and our very purpose.

A new study has recently found the dream center of the brain, known as the “hot zone,” that offers a better understanding of how and when we dream.  Why we dream and what dreams mean can be discovered by writing them down in a classroom notebook, many experts have suggested, and it may even help some of them come true.

dream center What exactly happens in the brain during the four to six times per night that we all dream has been a mystery until now. The University of Wisconsin School of Public Health conducted a study that has found a “hot zone” in the back of the brain. This discovery gives a better understanding of how and when we dream, which areas of the brain are involved, and what that contributes to the content of your dreams.

The neuroscientists found that dreams and dreamless sleep occur in both Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep when brain activity is slower.

The study also found that when dreams contained speech or movement or other activities, those brain regions were activated, similar to when someone is awake. Participants in the study were also given EEGs while they slept.

presence of dreaming Based on the EEG readings, whether the sleepers would report a dream or not when they awakened, researchers were able to predict the presence of dreaming 92 percent of the time and the absence of dreaming 81 percent of the time. Not only does the research give us a better understanding of how and when we dream, it could lead to ways of inducing sleep and even altering dreams, for those who struggle with nightmares and insomnia.

Even with this scientific advancement, remembering dreams and understanding how they came to be is best solved by writing them down as soon as you wake up. Writing down your dreams gives you the opportunity to reflect on your feelings and do a little soul-searching to try to figure out why you are having a certain type of dream.

Many psychologists believe that writing about your dreams can help you become happier and help identify what is really important to you. It’s easy to do and simply requires a bound notebook and a pen that you leave next to your bed. You have to make it a habit.  Think of it as your own science experiment.

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You’ll Never Believe What NASA’s New Discoveries Reveal

New reports from NASA, including a recent announcement, show just how far science is taking us in the search for life. Evidence of new ocean worlds and water on planets thought previously to be devoid of life are demonstrating just how far we’ve come, but what do these ocean worlds really tell us? Grab your scientific notebooks and tuck into this incredible information; this is some exciting stuff!

NASA’s New Discoveries RevealAlien Oceans

Having lived on Earth for all of our lives (with the exception of astronauts), even the best scientists are prone to holding an Earth-centric view of nature itself. When we think of oceans, most of us think of Earth’s oceans—teeming with life and many right for swimming, too, depending on where you are in the world.

Unfortunately, that’s probably not the case for most of the oceans discovered by Hubble. But the presence of water does increase the chances of a planet developing into a hospitable world down the road—and that’s great news for us here on Earth.

A Concentrated Effort

While the Hubble telescope is certainly expanding our ability to investigate exoplanets from here on Earth, the recent Cassini mission also contributed to NASA’s new data. Cassini, a satellite orbiting Saturn, has spent the last 30 years gathering information about the planet. Though NASA’s details were scant, they pointed to the fact that something discovered on Saturn may allow scientists to detect life on other planets at a more reliable rate.

Europa May Be the Answer

Of additional interest, and currently on NASA’s radar, is Europa, a small exoplanet orbiting Jupiter. New telescope data is revealing evidence of water molecules and evaporation, a sign that Europa may contain water spouts—and, thus, oceans. Scientists suspect that Europa could even contain three times the water of Earth. Kevin Costner’s Waterworld just might be real (albeit not in the way the movie represented).

Technically, Europa is an ice planet, so the idea of life may seem pretty far-fetched. But what’s often missed is the fact that the tiny planet’s ocean makes contact with geothermal elements that heat up the water and provide the planet with warmth. In the right conditions, that geothermal activity could very well create the perfect recipe for life to develop.

Learn new discoveries from NASAUpcoming Clipper Mission

With evidence rolling out of Europa, and scientists chomping at the bit to explore it, a clipper mission in 2020 is the inevitable next step. Scientists hope that, by getting a closer look and probing the planet directly, they’ll be able to identify whether or not their suspicions are accurate.

New Information May Change Space Exploration

NASA also hinted at additional discoveries, mostly of exoplanets throughout the solar system. While these planets weren’t directly identified, a NASA representative did say that what they’ve found could change space exploration forever. They also hinted that some of the features they may have found on these exoplanets could point to life—life that’s similar in nature to the life found here on Earth.

Furiously scribbling down details in your trusty research notebook? You’re not alone. Scientists all across the world are just as excited as you are about the findings. While SNCO can’t discover new life on your behalf, we can make it easier to do the work you already love. Contact us today at 800-537-3028 to inquire about our research supplies.

How to Become a STEM Mentor

STEM professionals are justifiably proud of their fields. Scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are all incredibly valuable members of society and industry who help discover new technologies, develop new and better ways of doing things, and whose work generally improves the lives of million people across the world.

As important as STEM professionals are, however, there’s one thing that many of them can do to make an even bigger impact: Become a mentor to young students. Young minds, especially those that are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field, need nurturing, and the best people to do that are other professionals who can foster intellect and curiosity while also providing practical tips on getting a job and learning new skills.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a mentor, there’s no better time than now.

Become a STEM mentor

Becoming a Mentor – Where to Start

As with almost anything, the hardest part of becoming a mentor is probably figuring out how to get started. Where should an aspiring STEM mentor go to find pupils? Are there any organizations that can provide support? What’s the best place to find students who most need the help, and who are really committed to taking the lessons they learn and applying them to their lives?

On that front, we’ve got some good news: There are lots of organizations that are looking for STEM mentors to partner with students, and they are ready to do a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of getting the relationship between mentor and student off the ground.

Organizations like Global STEM Alliance, the Corporation for National & Community Service, and other similar groups are always looking for people willing to volunteer their time; even more opportunities are available through local universities, community colleges, high schools, and educational organizations. If you truly want to become a mentor, the opportunity is just a Google search or a phone call away.

I’ve Become a Mentor – Now What?

Congratulations—you’re now a STEM mentor! You’ve got a big task ahead of you. By taking a student under your wing, you’re assuming at least partial responsibility for their future success. Any good mentor takes that responsibility incredibly seriously, which is why so many worry about what exactly they’re supposed to do. While there’s no one objectively correct way to be a mentor—each student and each teacher are different, after all—here are some good starting points:

  • •   Listen: Mentoring is more than just talking while the student listens. If you ever had a bad teacher when you were in school, then you know just how quickly an uncommunicative or overly stubborn teacher can kill a student’s interest in learning. Listen when your student has something they need to say, and take their concerns seriously.
  • •   Care: Becoming a mentor means assuming responsibility for your student. That means putting in extra work when it’s needed and demonstrating a genuine interest in your student’s learning and progress.
  • •   Be Available: For many students, a mentor is more than just a teacher they get lessons from for a few hours every week. Your student may want to ask you advice on other things or need you to be a parental figure for them. If you’re not up to the task, then you might want to take the time to connect your student with a mentor who can provide them with the kind of attention they need.

STEM Mentors

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