During sleep some areas of the brain can be more active than during the waking state - laying down memory and the processing of information. So the information coming in throughout the day is processed off-line while you sleep. Sleep supports cognitive ability, memory enhancement, and our ability to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.
Infographics expert Manuel Lima talks here about the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees of information. He tells the fascinating history of visualizations, and the urge to map what we know. He talks about networks and the way we use them to explain decentralization, interconnectedness, interdependence. He sees this new way of thinking as critical for us in solving many of the problems we are facing nowadays. The diagrams and pictures are worth a look, just for themselves.
15–23 August 2015
The theme for National Science Week 2015 is Making waves – the science of light, based on the International Year of Light.
There are lots of events planned for Science Week.
Pop-up Science at the AFL Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide. At each of five AFL matches at the Adelaide Oval in August 2015, SciWorld's Pop-up Science cart will be near the eastern gates with presenters giving continuous science demonstrations for the two hours before the game.
Science Alive! Science Alive! is one of Australia’s premier science and technology expos including science shows, Stardomes, hands-on activities, native animals, illusions and magic and over 50 interactive science stalls.
When: Saturday, August 8 2015 and Sunday, August 9 2015. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Goyder Pavillion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville,
Topic: Human body and movement, Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology.
Cost: Free for all U/18; $15 for adults, $10 concession.
Other: Wheelchair access
Special guests this year are the Shell Questacon Science Circus from Canberra.
Chris Hadfield – Live On Stage: Adelaide A Spaceman’s View of the Planet takes us on a journey to the International Space Station, where Chris Hadfield’s daily life is dedicated to countless scientific experiments studying the universe, testing spaceship design, and monitoring the human body’s reaction to weightlessness.
When: Tuesday, August 11 2015. 8:00 PM
Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre
98 Port Road, Hindmarsh,
You can find many more events here. What will you be doing for Science Week?
The digital book includes a curriculum map, lesson plans F–10 linked to the Australian Curriculum Science and teacher background information.
We are learning how to ask questions and use research processes to meet and understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Not sure where to start your research? Looking for research tips and strategies to point you in the right direction?
What's Linda reading?
Linda is currently reading:
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood