What really happens to the organic waste you put in your compost bin | CBC News

In many communities, residents are asked to separate food waste into bins for municipal composting. Here’s a closer look at what actually gets composted and how, what happens to the rest, and where it all ends up.

Source: What really happens to the organic waste you put in your compost bin | CBC News

Science Facility Safety – a new Safety Resource from STAO

Science Facility Safety (SFS) is a new STAO resource which outlines best practices in the safe use and management of science facilities.  This free resource is a companion document to STAO’s other publications, Safe ON Science and Safer Use of Chemicals in School Science Laboratories.

Examples of focus areas in SFS include Classroom Infrastructure, Storage of Flammables, Ventilation, Eye Wash Stations/Emergency Showers, and Waste.  This resource concludes with a very useful and comprehensive safety checklist.

SFS is available free of charge thanks to the generous support of  Enbridge and Shell

Download your copy at  https://stao.ca/cms/en/component/edocman/science-facility-safety

 

 

Happy Science Literacy Week from STAO – submitted by Amy Gorecki

We here at STAO hope that you are off to a great start to the new school year. September 16-22 is National Science Literacy Week and we hope that you will join us in celebrating science and oceans research in Canada.

Stay tuned to STAO’s social media channels, watch for the next edition of STAONews, and get involved in some of our upcoming STAO events in celebration of National Science Literacy Week!

Amy Gorecki

Executive Director, STAO/APSO

Amy.Gorecki@STAO.ca

Click here for more info about exciting upcoming STAO events – Don’t Miss Them!  

 

 

7 Scientific Urban Legends Debunked!

It sounds like such an incredible fact. “Our own cells are outnumbered by our microbes 10 to 1!” I don’t remember where I first heard it. But I read it in science papers and articles by journalists, so I believed it without question. I even made one of my first videos based on this fact. Continue reading

Better Lab Reports Through Peer Assessment using Peergrade.io – by Laura Wodlinger

Have you always wanted to have your student improve their peer assessment skills but didn’t know how to do it anonymously?  Well look no further! Say hello to Peergrade.io.  Peergrade.io is a free website that allows teachers to provide a rubric for students to use assess peer assignments. The website allows teachers to see student assignments and the feedback they provide to their peers, while keeping everything anonymous for the students.

Click here for more informaton……

Thanks Laura!!!

Scientists may have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star | CBC News

First, astronomers made history when they detected a gravitational wave from two black holes merging. Then it was two neutron stars. Now, astronomers believe they’ve detected a gravitational wave coming from another first-time discovery: a black hole swallowing a neutron star.

Source: Scientists may have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star | CBC News