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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Scientists Explore Math Review with Tasty Results

Tired of working on your math packet this summer? Maybe what you need are some hands-on projects to help illuminate the lessons. For example, the folks at Evil Mad Scientist have cooked up a great way to illustrate conic sections. You know, from algebra, when a plane slices through a cone, and all those curves result, be they an ellipse, a circle, a hyperbola or a parabola. You can try to imagine what they look like, or you can bake some scones, cut them up, smear them with jam or Nutella or peanut butter, and examine the results for yourself.

“It’s just a nice way to augment traditional learning — just as a way to enjoy the math at another level. We see math in everything we do. We’re the kind of people who play board games at the dinner table,” scientist (and baker) Lenore Edman told National Public Radio.

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate the resulting shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

Sconic sections from Evil Mad Scientist demonstrate, through baking, the shapes created when sectioning a cone. (Photo by LENORE M. EDMAN, Evil Mad Scientist)

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Food Recovery Network Fights Waste, Feeds People

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Terra Linda High School Wins Good Fare Showcase

Terra Linda High School's salad with chimichurri vinaigrette was on the menu at their Marin County Fair food booth in San Rafael, Calif. (Photo by ALAN DEP, Marin Indenpendent Journal)

Terra Linda High School's salad with chimichurri vinaigrette was on the menu at the Marin County Fair in San Rafael, Calif. (Photo by ALAN DEP, Marin Indenpendent Journal)

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Schools Must Ditch Junk Food

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Some of your classmates won’t be the only things that seem different in school next year. There will be a whole new look to the snacks in the vending machines, as well. Last week, the USDA issued new rules governing snacks in America’s schools. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, vending machines and à la carte lines in school cafeterias will have to feature foods containing minimal sugar and fat and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Out: soda and fatty cookies. In: fruit cups and flavored water.

One point of the Smart Snacks in Schools program is to get “real food” into schools, says Margo Wooten of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Eventually all school foods will have to contain real food — fruit, vegetable or other healthy food component,” Wootan tells USA Today. “Companies won’t be able to just fortify snacks with cheap nutrients and then sell them in schools as healthy.”

With the new USDA rules high school vending machines like this one will soon only be sell healthier snacks. (Photo by BOB BIRD, AP)

With the new USDA rules, high school vending machines like this one will soon sell only healthful snacks. (Photo by BOB BIRD, AP)

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Teen Chefs Compete on “Chopped”

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

This in from the Food Network:

“Four amazing teenaged chefs invade the Chopped Kitchen for Chopped’s second teen competition. The judges are in awe of what the teen chefs do with tuna and cereal in the first round. In the entree round, will the young cooks be taken aback when they open the basket to find something that requires some skilled butchery? The last two teens standing must make dessert with a snack food and an Asian condiment.”

The episode airs July 11 at 9 p.m.

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