Nintendo has put together a six-part video chronicling the history of Zelda. I don't think I've played the game since the original Nintendo, but watching the video brought back a lot of good memories. Makes me wish I'd kept my Nintendo so I could play again for old times sake. Have a look if you're feeling nostalgic. I've embedded Part 1 below.


NSTA Bought By Big Oil?

I learned today that the National Science Teachers Association, of whom I'm a member, recently turned down 50,000 free copies of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Their reason was simple: they didn't want to risk the millions of dollars they get from Exxon-Mobil or the American Petroleum Institute. Doesn't exactly make me proud to be a member. I wrote them a letter today and if you would like to send them a comment, go here.


My Magnet Is Bigger Than Yours

Sweet photo. This superconducting magnet is being used by the Large Hadron Collider, which is set to start operating next year.


Future Science

Curious as to where science will go in the next 50 years? The magazine New Scientists asked 70 of the world's leading scientists what they thought. You can find their answers here.

(Via Cosmic Variance)



There's been a lot of stories about the Neadertal genome lately, due to a couple of papers in Science and Nature. If you'd like a clearer understanding of what is being reported. check out John Hawk's FAQ. You can't get a much better explanation.


Sea Urchins

The genome of a sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) was published this week in the journal Science. While the papers themselves are subscription only, there is a really cool interactive poster that explains the significance of these studies, including video of the researchers and their explanations. Check it out here.


What Do You Know?

US News & World Report has a quiz to see if you retained anything from your education. Once you've finished taking it, you can find the answers here.