Archive for January, 2012



Canadian High Schoolers Send Lego Astronaut Into Space!

Canada’s first astronaut? For four and a half months, Canadian high school students Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed spent every Saturday working on a project.  No, it wasn’t restoring an old car, it was building a homemade satellite/space vehicle.  Somehow, they not only managed to build their spacecraft, they managed to send a Lego minifigure into […]

Top 10 Toad-ally Bizarre Frogs For Leap Day!

Why think of frogs on this leap year’s 366th day? These slimy creatures can perform astounding acts of nature. Some species of frogs live only on land, some live in water, while others live in water and on land. These tailless amphibians can be found almost everywhere, but the highest population is found in tropical […]

Earth Hit By Largest Solar Radiation Storm Since 2003!

It’s been a long time since Earth was hit by a solar storm of the magnitude of the solar storm that hit Earth’s atmostphere over the weekend; according to the NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, the earth was hit by the largest solar storm since 2003 beginning on late Sunday night and stretching into Tuesday morning. […]

Hundred Year Old Predictions For The Future Come True!

Predicting the future is usually difficult although an American engineer did a pretty good job when he wrote his predictions for the next hundred years way back in 1900.  John Elfreth Watkins was a civil engineer working for American railroads of the 19th century. In 1900, he contributed an article to the Ladies’ Home Journal, […]

HTHT of Oakland County Cooks Up Excitement With Kitchen Chemistry!

High Touch High Tech of Oakland County, Michigan kicked off 2012 by cooking up some fun with the students at Bingham Farms Elementary School! Students became real scientists as they rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on with the “Kitchen Chemistry” afterschool program. From creating HTHT’s signature “Space Mud” to colorful sidewalk chalk, these students were excited about […]

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin!

                        The Lightning Rod When most of us think about Benjamin Franklin and his inventions, we think about a man running around outside during a thunderstorm with a kite. Ask any child and they will be quick to tell you that Benjamin Franklin invented […]

Scientists Discover We’ve Got a Sixth Taste Bud!

Remember back when life was simple and we only had FOUR types of taste buds . . . sweet, sour, salt, and bitter?  And then in the ’80s, we found out there was a fifth type, one that tasted savory flavors? Well now it turns out we’ve had a SIXTH one all along.  And the flavor it […]

Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011

From law-violating subatomic particles to entirely new, earth-like worlds, 2011 was an incredible year for scientific discovery. In the past 12 months, scientific breakthroughs in fields ranging from archaeology to structural biochemistry have allowed humanity to rewrite history, and enabled us to open to brand new chapters in our development as a species. Here are […]

Google Doodle Celebrates The Father of Geology, Nicolas Steno!

  A new Google Doodle today honors the 374th birthday of the Danish anatomist Nicolas Steno, the man widely regarded as the father of modern geology. The new inanimate Doodle features the Google logo with letters sketched out of three to five layers of earth, depending on the height of the letter and links to search results […]

Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton!

It’s Isaac Newton’s birthday. At least, it’s the anniversary of his birth – January 4, 1643, according the the Gregorian calendar. If you’re a purist, you might have already marked the anniversary of his birth, on December 25th. As according to the Julian calendar, in use in England, at the time of his birth, the […]