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March 2017

On August 21, millions of people across the continental United States will be able to experience one of the most rare and wondrous of nature’s celestial events: a total eclipse of the Sun. This issue devotes three feature articles to eclipses and related phenomenon, looking at the subject from different angles. Planetary science is well worth revisiting in our high school classes, if only to give students better understanding and appreciation of the majestic Sun-Earth-Moon system we experience every day. The dramatic cover photo this month offers one view of that system. It shows the Moon moving between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space.

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February 2017

Evolution by natural selection is perhaps the single most profound insight into reality humans have ever achieved—the key to understanding both the wondrous diversity of life and also how all living things interrelate. Evolution is so well established by a preponderance of empirical evidence that there is no longer any room for scientific debate or controversy. Evolutionary theory is supported by virtually all scientists and scientific organizations. State and national standards require the teaching of evolution. The Next Generation Science Standards include evolution as a core idea in the life sciences and take a firm stand that students must learn about evolution. Evolution explains Earth’s spectacular tree of life—endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful (such as the blue-footed booby on this month’s cover)—that connects all life forms to each other, from closest siblings to distant cousins. There is grandeur in this view of life.

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January 2017

Today’s students are dazzlingly fluent digital natives. They text, blog, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. They use search engines; they ask their smartphones for answers to questions that, in a different era, might have required a trip to the library. But a recent study of middle school, high school, and college students found that many students—over 80% in some cases—couldn’t tell the difference between an advertisement and a news story, distinguish between a real and fake news source, identify bias in a tweet, or determine if a website could be trusted. It is imperative that students learn to think critically and engage in argument based on reliable evidence. What better place for them to learn this than in science class? This issue offers tips and techniques for engaging students in reading critically—including classic science books such as those on this month’s cover—and writing clearly.

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