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Updated Teacher Wish List

Long ago, we started a teacher wish list to find folks to lead classes on some of our most requested subjects. It usually languishes, un-updated, over on the teaching page, but today is a big day, as I've filled it full of new suggestions. Hooray! 

If anything on the list below intrigues you, just fill out this handy little form, or shoot us an email at You can read up on all the specifics for teaching right...

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When Cheese Doesn't Melt

I was flipping through On Food and Cooking by the awesome Harold McGee tonight and stumbled on the #1 fact of all time:

Cheeses made with rennet melt, while cheeses made with acids don't. 

This is amazing! We've all tried to make a grilled cheese with some leftover queso blanco (haven't we?) only to discover that it doesn't work at all, much to our disappointment.  Well, now you know that it's because queso blanco, along with...

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Study Session: Planet Counting

Study Session is a review of a test we presented to everyone at a party ages and ages ago. Follow along with the whole test here.

2. How many planets would they count on July 17, 1844? 

A. 5

B. 7

C. 8

D. 9

The number of planets has historically been way more fluid than you'd think, but I'm happy to report that on July 17, 1844 scientists In The Know would steadfastly put the number at SEVEN. The question was kind of a low blow,...

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Eat bugs. Not too many. Mostly accidentally.

I was about to buy An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds when a quote-spewing review caught my eye:

"In the mid-1970s it was found that orthodox Hindus who had been quite healthy on a vegan diet in their native India began to suffer from a high incidence of megaloblastic anemia after living for some time in England consuming the same diet. The cause was traced to vitamin B-12 deficiency, which in India was prevented by insect...

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Study Session: Middle School Cell Bio

Study Session is a review of a test we presented to everyone at a party ages and ages ago. Follow along with the whole test here.

All right, question number one! Let's go:

1. You’re at a party in a cell hoping to impress the Golgi body. Apparently they recycle. Where do you toss your leftovers?

A. Ribosome

B. Vacuole

C. Endoplasmic reticulum

D. Lysosomes

Yep, vacuole is the right answer, but let's start off with one of the most...

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