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17 Amazing Animal Facts

17 Amazing Animal Facts

Here is a list of some amazing facts about the animals that roam our majestic planet! 1. A dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human fingerprint, and can be used to identify them. 2. About 1 in 4 million lobsters are born with a rare genetic defect that makes them blue. About 1 [...]

12 Most Awe-Inspiring Spacewalk Pictures

12 Most Awe-Inspiring Spacewalk Pictures

   Spacewalks, or extra-vehicular activity, are performed by highly trained astronauts for very specific purposes. The conditions outside of spacecrafts, in outer space, can be as cold as -150 degrees Celsius to anywhere well over the boiling point of water. There is almost no pressure, because space is the closest thing that naturally exists to a perfect [...]

6 Extra-Solar Earth-Like Planets

6 Extra-Solar Earth-Like Planets

6. Gliese 581 d: Likely a rocky planet, about 7 times the size of the Earth, and about 20 light years away. Although it’s been determined that it’s not within the habitable Goldilocks Zone, and it only receives about a third of the sunlight that the Earth does, atmospheric models show that there may be a layer thick enough [...]

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Reading Suggestions

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Reading Suggestions

    If by now you don’t know who Neil DeGrasse Tyson is, you must have been living under a rock. He is one of the most famous astrophysicists of our time, a supporter and advocate for science, a skeptic, and a genius. Many people claim that he is the next Carl Sagan, helping to [...]

7 Facts You Might Not Know

7 Facts You Might Not Know

8 Mind-Blowing Science Facts

8 Mind-Blowing Science Facts

1. There are approximately 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. This means that, laid end-to-end, your blood vessles could circle the Earth 2 and a half times.  2. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth (2,000 kilometers long). 3. A piece of neutron star about the size of [...]

Brain Food

The World’s First “Computer”: ~100 B.C

The World’s First “Computer”: ~100 B.C

     Our story begins almost 2000 years ago, with a man in his workshop. An unknown Greek scientist with an incredible imagination sat at a table and made the world’s first “computer”. (Of course, not a computer like the laptop you’re looking at, but a mechanism used to measure and predict certain events.) The [...]

Acoustic Levitation

Acoustic Levitation

           Although this seems like it’s something out of a sci-fi movie, this was actually done in a laboratory and CAN be replicated! Ryan Whitman from geek.com explains,      ”The acoustic levatator being used in this clip is based on a NASA design. The space agency originally developed this technique to simulate [...]

The Life Cycle of Poop

The Life Cycle of Poop

     A daily ritual in out routine that life could not do without. For some, a very enjoyable experience, for others, something they have to do to get on with their day. Although not very talked about in general, let’s face it, pooping is a major part of out lives. You may think that [...]

The Goldilocks Zone and Habitable Planets

The Goldilocks Zone and Habitable Planets

         Have you ever thought about why it is that life exists on Earth and not any other planets (or satellites, for that matter) in our solar system? Do you know why the search for alien life has been intensified in the last few years? Why habitable planets are the new center [...]

Why Leaves Change Colors: A Simple Explanation

Why Leaves Change Colors: A Simple Explanation

       Ahhh, the beautiful and characteristic image of fall: trees and forests radiating beauty as their colors change from green to all shades of yellow, orange, and red you can imagine. The magnificent sight of the changing of the leaves almost makes bearable the thought of the warmth of summer going and the [...]

The Supercontinents

The Supercontinents

1. Vaalbara (~3.6 billion years ago): Thought by scientists to be the very first supercontinent to have been formed on Earth. The world was unrecognizable back then, and the remnants of this continent are small and few. However, paleomagnetic data and analysis of radiometric ages have concluded that the Kaapvaal craton* in South Africa and the Pilbara [...]

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Reading Suggestions

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Reading Suggestions

    If by now you don’t know who Neil DeGrasse Tyson is, you must have been living under a rock. He is one of the most famous astrophysicists of our time, a supporter and advocate for science, a skeptic, and a genius. Many people claim that he is the next Carl Sagan, helping to [...]

The Hunger Games Trilogy: A Short Review

The Hunger Games Trilogy: A Short Review

    Even though post-apocalyptic is not exactly what comes to mind when you think of the Hunger Games, this is the impression it gave me as I read farther and farther into these captivating books. After all, a society striving to survive and and a government trying to oppress uprisings after most of the [...]

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

The Picture Of Dorian Grey , a great piece of gothic fiction, is Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. It tells the tale of what happens when you live life only for you own selfish fulfillment, and how it can ultimately destroy you. This novel is the story of a young man, Dorian Grey, the subject of [...]

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

      This book is a great example of how science should be explained to people who are not used to critical thinking and skepticism. It explains the difference between valid science and pseudoscience, and really opens your eyes to a whole new beautiful world of discovery. After reading this book, you will be [...]

Second Glance By Jodi Picoult

Second Glance By Jodi Picoult

    Although Jodi Picoult is known for writing “realistic fiction” which, most of the time, includes trails, lawyers, and powerful, yet relate-able stories, Second Glance is something else. It’s a very powerful work of fiction that centers around a very dark (and very little know) part of American history that many people would prefer [...]

T-Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter T. Alvarez

T-Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter T. Alvarez

  T-Rex and the Crater of Doom is a great science book which begins as a story and ends as a research project. It tells the story of how Walter T. Alvarez came up with his now widely-accepted theory of a mass impact event killing the dinosaurs. It goes through the entire process of how [...]

Cool Clips

Acoustic Levitation

Acoustic Levitation

           Although this seems like it’s something out of a sci-fi movie, this was actually done in a laboratory and CAN be replicated! Ryan Whitman from geek.com explains,      ”The acoustic levatator being used in this clip is based on a NASA design. The space agency originally developed this technique to simulate [...]

Adam Savage: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Adam Savage: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

     Simple ideas and questions can sometimes lead to the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. As Adam Savage (co-host of MythBusters) explains in this video, even asking “why does the ball move to the back of the cart when I pull it?” can lead to a lifetime of scientific innovations and discoveries. This short [...]

And So It Starts….

And So It Starts….

This is a clip I found awhile back which pretty much makes every creepy robot movie not seem so Sci-Fi anymore. It’s an incredibly human-like robot, which follows commands and even moves like a human. Imagine seeing these walking around the streets…. Fast Tube by Casper

Water Balloon In Your Face

Water Balloon In Your Face

We all know that thing sin slow motion are really cool to watch, so here is a fun video showing you what a water balloon looks like when it hits someone and explodes in their face! Fast Tube by Casper

Thailand’s Painting Elephants!

Thailand’s Painting Elephants!

    Have you hear about the painting elephants? No, not elephant paintings, painting elephants! In Thailand, there are six elephant centers where these gentle giants explore the artist within! The handler does give the elephant a bit of direction, such as a nudge for painting blobs and some other touches for vertical and horizontal [...]

Swimming Pygmy Sloth

Swimming Pygmy Sloth

We all know that sloths move very slowly, and are either considered to be very cute or extremely ugly (personally, i think they’re adorable).  Did you know, however, that they are great swimmers?? Who would have thought! Check out this video of a pygmy sloth, it swims better than most people!! Fast Tube by Casper