Archive for May, 2012

June E-News: Celebrate National Donut Day!

Donuts – Those warm gooey fried rings of dough covered with sugar or sprinkles and filled with custard or jelly. While you don’t really need an excuse to eat a few (or a few dozen), it’s always a nice treat to have one! – On Friday, June 1st you will have the perfect reason, for [...]

Wild and Wonderful – Father’s of the Animal Kingdom!

  Father’s Day is a wonderful time to celebrate and honor devoted dads of every species.  Just like their human counterparts, there are some males in the animal world that play a vital role in raising and teaching their offspring.  As we prepare to sing paternal praises this Father’s Day, let us not forget that [...]

ScienceMadeFunKIDS Word of the Week!

  Chlorophyll: A green chemical in plant cells that allows plants to use the Sun’s energy for making food.  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 do [...]

Prepare For The Spectacular ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse This Sunday!

If you live in the Western part of North America, chances are that you have never ever witnessed an Annular Solar Eclipse - That’s when the moon blocks out most of the sun, transforming the outer edge into a spectacular ‘ring of fire’. The last time this was visible from the United States was in 1994 – The [...]

Think About it Thursday: Why Does My Foot Fall Asleep?

  Watch out! Today’s Think About it Thursday may have you on pins and needles! Have you ever thought about… Why does my foot fall asleep? What do your nerves do? What is paresthesia? Did you know? You know the feeling. You’ve been sitting down, reading or possibly watching something on tv for half an [...]

Are Pit Bulls Inherently Dangerous? Science Says No…

  The Maryland Court of Appeals recently deemed pit bulls and pit bull mixes “inherently dangerous,” but many animal experts and dog advocates believe the court’s ruling may have been too extreme.”Inherently dangerous” implies that all pit bulls are, through genetics or their environment, born with a vicious streak. But studies are showing that the [...]

Yum! It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!

    May 15 is Chocolate Chip Day! There is no better way to celebrate this wonderful chocolate holiday than with FUN science. If you are wanting to experiment with chocolate chips that is a little less traditional than chocolate chip cookies, how about using them in the bath to wash away the dirt & [...]

Google Pays Tribute To Howard Carter with New Doodle!

Today, Google visually unveils some wonderful things itself to celebrate the 138th birthday of archaeologist, Howard Carter. Carter was a celebrated Egyptologist, who gained lasting fame with the 1922 discovery of the tomb and the subsequent, laborious excavation. The homepage Doodle depicts just a few of the thousands of objects that were removed from the tomb [...]

Think About it Thursday: How Can We Know if an Animal is Color Blind?

  Today’s Think About it Thursday explores why you might not want to blame a dog if it runs a red light! Have you ever thought about… How can we know if an animal is color blind? Can dogs and cats see any colors? What are some of the causes of color blindness in humans? [...]

Science Reveals Secret Behind Bird Navigation – Is it GPS?

That GPS unit on your car sure is fancy, but pigeons have got you beat: they have GPS built right into their brain! Researchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons’ brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth’s magnetic field. The question of how birds navigate using – among [...]