I get a wide variety of updates sent to my in-box and that variety includes the Library of Congress. Not too long ago, I saw that the library had a series called “Everyday Mysteries.”
Take minute to check this out. Although it is described as “Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress,” there is a bit of history as well. Not that it is divided into science and history. Instead it is divided, more or less, by discipline.
- How did the squash get its name?
- What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?
- How did the grapefruit get its name? It doesn’t look like a grape.
- Does your heart stop when you sneeze?
- What are stem cells?
- Why do fingers and toes wrinkle in the bathtub?
The list goes on and on and includes Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Home Economics, Physics and more. Follow the links, read the material and you could be set for ideas for well over a year.
Working my way back from the “Everyday Mysteries,” I quickly found Science Reference Services. The home page of this division included a link to the new reference guide, “ENTOMOPHAGY: Human Consumption of Insects for Food.” As with other LOC reference guides, this one includes an overview as well as lists of general resources and specialty resources on the topic. Not interested in Entomophagy? You can find a complete list of the guides here.
I also found a link to the science division blog, Inside Adams. How is it that I’ve been reading the general blog for years as well as the Folklife blog but knew nothing about the science blog? Sometimes I embarrass myself.
Any time you are in need of a science based idea to spur your writing forward, take some time to explore the Library of Congress. In addition to digitizing historic materials, they are also constantly adding new offerings to help students, teachers, and writers find interesting material.
For more on the Library of Congress, check out this post on their teacher’s guides and other materials organized and made easily available for teachers.