Introducing The Edjurist

Gawker Media has Gizmodo, Lifehacker, The Consumerist, Valleywag, Gawker, and seven others.

Weblogs, Inc. has Engadget, Autoblog, Joystiq, Luxist, Download Squad, and too many others to count.

Education Week and Teacher Magazine have eduwonkette, Bridging Differences, Web Watch, edbizbuzz, Digital Education, and a host of others.

CASTLE has Dangerously Irrelevant, LeaderTalk, and – now – The Edjurist!

Along with The School Law Blog, The Edjurist is a MUST-READ for anyone interested in K-12 school legal issues. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Justin Bathon (U. Kentucky) and The Edjurist to the stable of CASTLE blogs.

Here are a few of Justin’s recent posts:

  • Finding free educational law information
  • Johnson v. Poway shows why Garcetti doesn’t work for schools
  • More on why Garcetti was wrong for schools
  • Catching up … some weird dress code stories
  • Thoughts on the California home schooling decision
  • Be sure to also see guest blogger Scott Bauries’ posts on the applicability of federal e-discovery rules to K-12 education:

    • Intro
    • Document retention systems
    • There’s no better way to stay on top of the latest educational law cases, news, and odd stories than to catch Justin’s Friday Snippets. Check him out!

      Now, if I can only talk eduwonkette into being CASTLE’s education policy blog, then we’ll have some pretty good coverage of educational leadership topics (anyone interested in blogging on social justice, staff development, or school finance?!).


      CASTLE’s previous school law blog, At the Schoolhouse Gate, is being replaced by The Edjurist. If you were a loyal reader, thanks!

      How to make a black hole

      Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.

      • There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
      • CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
      • Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
      • Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.

      Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

      Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

      Politics & Current Affairs
      • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
      • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
      • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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      China’s artificial sun reaches fusion temperature: 100 million degrees

      In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

      Credit: EAST Team
      Surprising Science
      • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
      • Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
      • Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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