Archive for February, 2012

Celebrate Leap Day – The FUN Science of Telling Time!

Thirty days hath September…but why on earth does February have 29 every four years? This year is a leap year, making the length of the 2012 calendar 366 days, instead of the normal 365.  Every four years an extra day is added to the month of February, but have you ever wondered why this happens? [...]

ScienceMadeFunKIDS Word Of The Week!

Geologist - A scientist that studies rocks to tell how they formed and to predict when an earthquake might occur.   Have you ever wondered what makes a volcano explode or how a giraffe’s neck can be so long? Science has the answers to these questions and much more. Explore the amazing world of science then [...]

“Think About It Thursday”: Are Jellyfish Made of Jelly?

Have you ever thought about… Are jellyfish made of jelly? Are jellyfish really fish? Can a jellyfish sting be fatal? Did you know? Despite what the residents of Bikini Bottom might have you believe, jellyfish don’t really produce delicious jelly. In fact, jellyfish aren’t really fish at all. Jellyfish are very simple sea creatures that have lived [...]

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Gets Wavy!

Today’s Google Doodle honors German Physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz who is probably best known for the unit of measurement that bears his name. Hertz’s experiments in electromagnetism paved the way for wireless communications, as he was the first scientist to prove the existence of electromagnetic waves. His early research served as an expansion of the theory of [...]

Every February Yosemite Waterfall Turns to Lava!

‘Lava eruption’ is trick of the eye, Yosemite Park ‘lava eruption’ is a stunning trick of the eye, What looks like a trail of fiery lava cascading over a cliff is really a stunning trick of the light. It is a phenomenon that wouldn’t look out of place on top of Mount Etna. The fiery-looking trail [...]

Think About It Thursday: How Do Dinosaurs Get Their Names?

  From Triceratops to Stegosaurus, dinosaurs have some interesting names. Join us today as we think about how they got them! Have you ever thought about… How do dinosaurs get their names? What does “dinosaur” mean? If you discovered a new dinosaur, what would you name it? Did you know? Believe it or not… Tammy [...]

Chickadees, Blue Jays, and Robins Oh My …Join the Backyard Bird Count 2012!

The 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 22. Each year, volunteers across the country tally the birds they see in backyards, parks and natural areas. Last year, GBBC participants racked up more than 11 million observations and identified 596 species! Counting birds during GBBC helps scientists gain a [...]

The Amazing Spray-On Antenna: Wireless In A Can!

  Ever found yourself without a signal and wished you could just spray one on like magic? Well, maybe soon, you’ll be able to do just that. Chamtech Enterprises has developed a spray-on antenna it says is more lightweight and energy-efficient than current technology. Revealed at Google’s inaugural Solve for X shindig, the antenna can be “painted” onto almost [...]

Bring Love Into The Lab With These Science Valentines!

  There are Valentine cards, ecards, and gifts for every taste imaginable! If you don’t find a card or image that perfectly expresses your sentiments, you can easily make your own. And if you lack the imagination, skills, or time to create one, someone else probably has just what you’re looking for. The scientific community is no [...]

Valentine’s Day Science…The Chocolate Tradition!

If you’re looking for a simple way to wish your sweetheart happy Valentine’s Day, you might consider saying it with chocolate. After all, you won’t be alone: according to a 2009 Nielsen report , approximately 48 million pounds of the sweet stuff is sold during the week leading up to the holiday. The Royal Chemistry Society asserts the [...]