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Grades 6-8

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Weightlessness on Earth?

Who said daydreams are a waste of time? One of Einstein's flights of fancy led to the equivalence principle—the knowledge that while an object is in free fall, it's free of gravity's effects.

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Curriculum Materials

Einstein Web List

Where to begin when a Web search turns up millions of sites about Einstein? Let us point you to some of the best—from Time's person of the century profile to a black hole animation.

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Online Resource, Article

A Conversation with Jacques Malavieille

The mountain-building processes of folding and faulting take many millennia on Earth—and a matter of minutes in the lab. Learn how even small models provide a big-picture view of our dynamic world.

Reference List

Vietnam Book List

Extend your journey of body, mind, and spirit with this list of recommended books. There are kid-friendly titles along with great reads for high school students and adults.

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Online Resource, Article

Reefs in Crisis

Humans have harmlessly harvested coral reefs for thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of years. So why has our behavior in recent years suddenly put reefs at risk?

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Online Resource, Article

James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology

Until the late 18th century, most people believed the Earth was about 6,000 years old. Hutton changed this belief by proposing that geologic forces operate at the same rate today as in the past.

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Online Resource, Article

Studying Tree Rings to Learn About Global Climate

By taking biopsy-like samples from centuries-old Siberian pines, scientists have reconstructed a 300-year record of temperature changes for the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere.

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