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An overview of physics and chemistry blogs for educators to explore, and keep up to date with innovations in the world of science.

Blog posts

General blogs

Educator's Monthly - Education News and Resources

  • “We eat, breathe and live education! “
  • “Perhaps the most remarkable yet overlooked aspect of the South African teaching community is its enthusiastic, passionate spirit. Every day, thousands of talented, hard-working educators gain new insight from their work and come up with brilliant, inventive and exciting ideas. Educator’s Monthly aims to bring educators closer and help them share knowledge and resources.
  • Our aim is twofold …
  • To keep South African educators updated and informed.
  • To give educators the opportunity to express their views and cultivate their interests.”
  • http://www.teachersmonthly.com

Head Thoughts – Personal Reflections of a School Headmaster

  • blog by Arthur Preston
  • “Arthur is currently the headmaster of a growing independent school in Worcester, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. His approach to primary education is progressive and is leading the school through an era of new development and change.”
  • http://headthoughts.co.za/

Reflections of a Science Teacher - Scientist, Educator, Life-Long Learner

  • blog by Sandra McCarron
  • “After 18 years as an Environmental Consultant, I began teaching high school science and love it. My writings here reflect some of my thoughts about teaching, as they occur. I look forward to conversations with other thoughtful teachers.”
  • http://sanmccarron.blogspot.com/

The Naked Scientists - Science Radio and Naked Science Podcasts

  • “ ”The Naked Scientists” are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public. Their award winning BBC weekly radio programme, The Naked Scientists, reaches a potential audience of 6 million listeners across the east of England, and also has an international following on the web.”
  • http://www.thenakedscientists.com/

Chemistry blogs

Chemical Heritage Foundation – We Tell the Story of Chemistry

  • “The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent, nonprofit organization, CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.”
  • http://www.chemheritage.org/

ChemBark – A Blog About Chemistry and Chemical Research

  • blog maintained by Paul Bracher
  • “The scope of this blog is the world of chemistry and chemical research. Common subjects of discussion include ideas, experiments, data, publications, writing, education, current events, lab safety, scientific policy, academic politics, history, and trivia.”
  • http://blog.chembark.com/

Chemistry World Blog

  • “This blog provides a forum for news, opinions and discussion about the chemical sciences. Chemistry World is the monthly magazine of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry.“
  • http://www.rscweb.org/blogs/cw/

Chemistry Blog

  • “A brand new site for chemists and the home of the international chemistry societies’ electronic network. The site provides interesting features and useful services for the chemistry community. The information you find has been made available by various national chemistry societies for dissemination on a single site. Currently around 30 such societies are providing varying levels of information.”
  • http://www.chemistryblog.net/

Master Organic Chemistry

  • blog by James A. Ashenhurst
  • “I’m James. I’ve been an organic chemist for ten years. I love organic chemistry and I want to put the image of organic chemistry as a horror movie to rest (or at least make it less scary and more campy). The main goal for this site is that it be a place for conversation between students and educators. I also hope that it will be useful and valuable for students of organic chemistry.”
  • http://masterorganicchemistry.com/

About.com Chemistry

  • This website is full of great chemistry information, including Chem 101, science projects, elements, plus many interesting articles, including a daily “This Day in Science History”
  • http://chemistry.about.com/

Physics blogs


  • blog by Rhett Allain
  • “This blog is about physics. Not crazy hard physics, but nice physics. You know, like physics you would take home to your mom. I try to aim most of the posts at the physics level an advanced high school student could understand.”
  • http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/

Think Thank Thunk – Dealing with the Fear of Being a Boring Teacher

  • blog by Shawn Cornally
  • “I am Mr. Cornally. I desperately want to be a good teacher. I teach Physics, Calculus, Programming, Geology, and Bioethics. Warning: I have problem with using colons. I proof read, albeit poorly.”
  • http://101studiostreet.com/wordpress/

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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Purification of water by natural plants and wetlands
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