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Soil Science is a dirty business!

Join High Touch High Tech in celebrating World Soil DayDecember 5th, 2020 What kind of science is in soil? What is soil? So many questions… Soil is a material composed of five ingredients — minerals, organic plant matter, living organisms, gas, and water. Are their soil scientists? Of course!  What do soil scientists do? A soil scientist is a person […]

Mission to Mars

Join High Touch High Tech in celebrating Red Planet Day November 28th! Who’s ready to go on a mission to Mars? If you are like me, you have already been on a mission to Mars, thanks to the classic ride at Disney World. Mission to Mars was an attraction located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland and at […]

Gemstones & Crystals Galore

They grow, but they’re not alive. For centuries they’ve been used in witchcraft and wizardry, yet they are also so integral to science that they have been the key to revealing the molecular makeup of all of life!  What are these marvelous, ancient, modern, magical, scientific treasures?!  We’re talking about those magnificent minerals, GEMSTONES!   […]

World Kindness Day

Celebrating World Kindness Day – November 13th, 2020 Happy World Kindness Day!  Do you remember how you felt the last time you experienced a “random act of kindness?”  Ever had a stranger give you a compliment that made your day?  When did you last give that universal little wave of thanks when another driver let […]

2020 Nobel Prize Winners in Science

Congratulations to the 2020 Nobel Prize Winners! 2020’s winners show us, once again, that Science, like the universe, is ever-expanding and the potential for scientific discovery is unlimited! Chemistry Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Dr. Jennifer Doudna: for the development of CRISPR-Cas9, a method for genome editing. Dr. Charpentier and Dr. Doudna are the first team […]

Chocolate…it’s a treat, it’s a bean, it’s a PLANT?

Chocolate is not just a sweet glorious ray of edible sunshine, Chocolate IS A PLANT!  It’s been a 3,000 year journey from the biological roots of chocolate, to today’s wild chocolate innovations…. When Montezuma met the Spanish conquistadores in 1519, he intended to overwhelm them with a lavish display of royal hospitality.  To impress, the […]

Pumpkin Spice – The Bitter Sweet Story

Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.   This spice blend, known today as Pumpkin Spice, conjures up thoughts of wholesome fall fun – corn mazes, trick or treating, walking on crisp fall days and of course, that American fall favorite, pumpkin pie.  American people’s love for the pleasing, nostalgia-inducing taste of this spice blend means you can […]

Indigenous People Day: Irrigation Methods of Tenochtitlan

Even today, 2,000 years after the heyday of the Roman civilization, tourists flock to Italy to see the iconic Roman Coliseum, the dignified Roman Forum, and the beautiful ruins of the city of Pompeii.  Although the average ancient Roman citizen enjoyed these treasures as well, the true pride of the city of Rome was its […]

Are You a Coffee Head?

It’s been said that Coffee is “the plant that domesticated humans.”  Although its exact origins are lost to history, we can be sure that coffee has had a meteoric rise in popularity around the world in the past 500 years.  In fact, coffee is second only to water as the world’s most consumed beverage!  Have […]

Native Communication

If a time machine dropped you into the Americas in 1491, what would you find? A vast, empty continent roamed by small bands of people, fighting to survive? No way!  Both North and South America before the arrival of Columbus played host to very large urban civilizations, powerful militaries, huge agricultural economies, and an impressive […]