Archive for March, 2013

Think About It Thursday: Should scientists “de-extinct” animals?

Scientists discussed the possibility of bringing back extinct animals for decades. Is this even possible? By cloning the DNA of animals, scientists can “de-extinct” animals. At a recent conference, scientists discussed the pros and cons of this issue. Not only did they talk about the science behind this revolutionary idea, but also they debated the [...]

April E-News: The Born Identity – Celebrate National Sibling Day with FUN Science!

While we have spent a lifetime with our siblings, getting to know every quirk, trait and annoying habit that they have, we often don’t stop to think of the real impact that our sisters and brothers have on who we are and how we act. Love them or hate them, your sisters and brothers are by [...]

April E-News: Rise of the Citizen Scientists: Science Needs YOU!

They’re scouring the sea floors, charting the cosmos, tackling genome research and more! A 14-year-old boy in Donetsk, Ukraine, made a fascinating discovery halfway around the world and nearly 3,000 feet under the sea. Kirill Dudko was watching Neptune Canada’s live-stream footage of the ocean floor near Vancouver Island on his computer when he saw a [...]

Think About It Thursday: What is an Equinox?

An Equinox occurs twice per year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. As the Earth orbits the Sun, the tilt of the Earth changes. Sometimes the Earth tilts on its axis towards the Sun and sometimes away from the Sun. On the Equinox, the axis of the Earth is exactly parallel with [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Nectar ~ a sweet liquid produced by the flowers of plants Flowers secrete nectar. Pollinators, such as birds and insects, are attracted to the nectar. Bees collect the nectar to make honey. Nectar consists of a variety of sugars, such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose.

Think About It Thursday: Why do hippos have red sweat?

  Since Ancient times, humans have wondered why a hippopotamus sweats “blood.” Although the thick red substance on a hippo’s body looks like blood, it is actually an extremely useful oily liquid. The red pigment acts as a sunscreen to protect the hippopotamus from the Sun’s ultraviolet rays. The red sweat also has antibacterial qualities. [...]

Holy Smoke! The FUN Science Behind the Papal Conclave!

To an observer of the papal conclave, there is one part of the process that is the most visible and exciting. On Tuesday, all 115 cardinals began their period of isolation from the rest of the world and their only contact with those waiting for word of a new pope will be in the form [...]

Think About It Thursday: Did Giant Ancient Camels really exist?

A recent discovery of bone fragments in the Arctic Region of Canada presents further evidence of a Giant Ancient Camel that roamed this icy land 3.5 million years ago. When we think of camels, we picture hot, barren, dry deserts. But, researchers believe that camels originated in North America about 45 million years ago. This [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week!

~ Metamorphosis ~ biological process of physically changing from an immature form to an adult form Metamorphosis is most common in insects. An insect has 4 stages of metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. For example, a butterfly changes throughout its life cycle. A female adult first lays eggs. These hatch into larva, which are [...]