Archive for February, 2013

March E-News: Einstein’s Life Lessons

Albert Einstein has long been considered a genius by the masses. He was a theoretical physicist, philosopher, author, and is perhaps the most influential scientists to ever live.  Einstein has made great contributions to the scientific world, including the theory of relativity, the founding of relativistic cosmology, the prediction of the deflection of light by [...]

March E-News: Science on the Brain!

The Brain is an amazing piece of hardware. It is like a supercomputer that can solve problems, receive and respond to messages, create stories, and play video games. Can you believe that your brain along with the nervous system does all that, and more? It is so much more than a computer. Your brain does [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week!

Biodiversity ~ the variety of plants and animals in a habitat or ecosystem  An ecosystem, such as coral reef, has a very high biodiversity because of the large variety of plants and animals. Deserts, however, has a much lower number of species. Therefore, a desert has low biodiversity. The level of biodiversity in a habitat [...]

Think About It Thursday: Can you sleep on a mission to Mars?

A Mission to Mars is exciting. But, is it possible to send humans to the red planet? NASA has recently sent a rover, Curiosity, to Mars to take photos and search for evidence of water. Will astronauts ever make this journey? Well, NASA needs to conduct a lot of research to ensure this is safe [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week!

~ Symbiosis ~ the close ecological relationship between two organisms of different species There are different types of symbiotic relationships: Mutulism – benefits both organisms Commensalism – benefits only one organism while the other is unaffected Parasitism – benefits one organism while the other is harmed A mutualism relationship is beneficial to two or more organisms. For [...]

Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day with FUN Science!

Today, we’re celebrating the holiday of love with a  “hearty” dose of FUN science! Get ready to take a walk on the sweet side & discover if you’ve got the beat! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to find FUN  Valentine’s Day At-Home Science Experiments! As always, We’d LOVE to hear how you spent your [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week!

Kuiper Belt – a region in our Solar System beyond Neptune’s orbit containing chunks of ice The objects in the Kuiper Belt are similar to comets because they are made of frozen water, ammonia, and natural gases. The Kuiper Belt forms an elliptical shape around the Sun. The Kuiper Belt is over 3 billion miles [...]

Think About It Thursday: Why Are There 360 Degrees in a Circle?

First, what are “degrees”? A circle is divided into 360 parts, called degrees. This number may seem random, but to ancient cultures, 360 was the perfect number! Scientists theorize that ancient cultures, such as the Babylonians and Sumerians, created a calendar depicting 360 days in a year. The Babylonians used a numerical system that had [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week!

Quarks – the tiniest particles of matter Quarks are so tiny, scientists cannot see them with the strongest microscopes. In fact, there are three quarks in every proton and three quarks in every neutron.  Protons, neutrons, and electrons are the subatomic particles that form an atom. Therefore, quarks are even smaller! Scientists theorize that quarks [...]

The Science of Hurricane Sandy

Over the past few days, the East Coast has been battered by Sandy, a storm that is already breaking records. The damage has yet to be fully tallied, but, given the extensive damage to New York City alone, will likely be in the billions. One question many are asking is how Sandy happened.  After all, by the [...]