Thursday, December 5, 2013

Biology/Earth science extra credit current events

Science Current Events
Earth Science/Biology
Fall 2013

You will choose an article or science related video of over 3+ pages or 45+ minutes on a science current event topic. It will fall into one (or more) of these categories:


·         Scientific discovery – for example, scientists find comets may have delivered the water found in earth’s oceans.

·         Science-related event – for example, the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdown; the launch of a space probe.

·         A cultural change/happening that involves science/technology – for example, bicyclists’ clothing that can act as a radar gun to show drivers how fast they’re moving.

·         Science in public policy – for example, a bill or law that deals with science ( i.e. cap on carbon emissions).


The article must be timely, meaning it’s been published within the past one/two months. Finally, technology articles are okay, but I will not accept any product announcements or reviews.


Create a write-up of your current event, summarizing the story and answering key questions. You will include a copy of the story you are citing or the golden page format for the video, movie or program.  

Science current events will:

Cite the news source, using the Oceana Golden page format for citations found on the Oceana website. Magazine Article:

Perlman, Jeff. “Sultan of Swat.” Sports Illustrated. 12 February 2001: 54-59.

Newspaper Article:

*  Taylor, Michael. “Potholes Scar Roads Across Region.” San Francisco Chronicle. 23 October 2005:

*  Give the title of the article, author’s name, and article date within the body of the summary.

*  Summarize the event in your own words, using complete sentences. Spelling and grammar count.

*  Your summary will answer the following questions:

·         Who/what is the subject of the story?

·         Where did it happen?

·         When did it happen?

·         How did it happen?

·         Why did the event happen, or why was the event important enough to make the news?

·         Why did you choose this article?

·         What did you learn from the article, and what are your thoughts about this event/issue?


·         How does this event affect the world or region where it occurred?

·         How does this discovery advance science?

·         What does the discovery/event mean for our society?

·         What does this discovery/event mean for future work/the environment/humanity/etc.?

·         If the story is about a law or policy, how does the policy or law affect science/society?



Below are several acceptable web sites and sources for science news stories. If you wish to use a source not listed below, please check with me first.


Popular Science


New Scientist (News)


Wired Science


New York Times (Science Times)


Discover Magazine


National Geographic (News)


BBC Science/Environment


NPR - Science News


Boing Boing (Science)




Good (Environment, Food, Health, Technology, Transportation)


The Guardian (UK) Science


Scientific American                                  (Often written for college level or higher)


Reuters Science

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