In the courses that I teach I’m always on the look-out for current news stories that are directly related to course content. One source that I’ve found to be a great source for these particular stories is the app Flipboard. They have a science section which is a great source for stories being covered by the popular media. Below are a collection of stories aggregated by the app within the past 24 hours.
If you teach a virology course, spending some time talking about the recent discovery of vials containing smallpox in Maryland would be directly applicable to the course content and will likely grab the attention of your students.
Talking about plant dispersal in your botany course? EarthSky has written a great summary of an article about how migrating Arctic shorebirds are spreading mosses and liverworts to new areas of North and South America. The plants may hitch a ride in the feathers of the birds.
Really into amphibians and conservation biology? Check out this Associated Press article on the hellbender; a giant salamander that is rapidly declining in population in the United States.
If invertebrates are more your thing, you’ll be amazed to watch the video of a purple siphonophore in this article from the Huffington Post.
I do a section in my Endosymbiosis class where I talk about all kinds of amazing and gross parasites. Talking about how a targeted eradication effort has almost wiped out the guinea worm in Africa would be a neat way to talk about how public health efforts are changing our ecosystems and the natural world around us.
I’ve just given biological examples above, but the app collects stories related to many areas of science and engineering that could be used to bring your course content to life.
Feel free to share other news story resources that you use for course material or for general interest in the comments below.