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To my mind, there are two compelling reasons for considering the environment in the context of children’s education. The first is that good education helps children construct knowledge and develop understanding through interaction with their immediate environment. The second is that we as a species need an education that will bring about a deeper relatedness to the environment. A relatedness that will prevent us from destroying the very basis of our lives.

Enliven your biology class with these tried and tested brain tricks, courtesy AsapScience. We are sure it will trigger lot more questions in the minds of your learners and help them appreciate the fun side of biology.

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Held on the 20-23 rd September, 2016, the 26 th biennial conference of the Asian Association of Biology Education, focused on encouraging communication between educators and researchers on practices in and challenges of current trends in Biology Education. This report captures some of the highlights of this event.

Understanding how life started on Earth is a long-standing mystery. This article explores the sequence of events that may have led a mixture of simple chemicals to transform into the first living cells; showing how, in recent years, ribonucleic acid (RNA) has emerged as an important clue to this mystery.

The solar system is the only place in the entire cosmos that we have surveyed directly using spacecrafts. Years of long and fascinating collaborative efforts between many different disciplines have helped us understand its origins and subsequent evolution. This article narrates this scientific story, discussing how our understanding of planetary systems has been altered by new findings from within and beyond the solar system.

This article explores the origin of chemical elements as a process occurring inside stars, as well as in terms of what they mean to people.

The Big Bang theory currently occupies the center stage in modern cosmology. And yet, half a century ago, it was only one among a few divergent world views, with competing claims to the truth. This article highlights a few trail-blazing events in the journey of the Big Bang model from the fringes to the centerfold of astrophysics, a journey that is ongoing and far from over.

When I introduce myself as a researcher, people often ask me “what do you do as a researcher?” With research being an open-ended endeavour, this is often not an easy question to answer. For example, over the last week, I have made some calculations, aligned a new laser path in the laboratory I work in, been involved in troubleshooting problems in an electronic system, and read academic papers by other researchers to keep abreast of the latest happenings in my field. However, none of these truly answer the question ‘what I do’.

Here is a poster on 10 things you didn't know about the ocean microbes.

This article explores the need for social justice teaching in science education, and what it can accomplish, especially for students who come from communities that have been excluded from science learning and careers. It also presents important lessons learned from one case of science teaching for social justice.

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