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Navigating Through Time: The History of the Compass

Written by: on July 27, 2020 @ 6:00 am

A compass is a navigational device that uses the Earth’s magnetic field to point explorers in the four cardinal directions: north, south, west, and east. Compasses work because our planet is basically one big magnet! When your compass is pointing to “N”, which stands for north, you are facing towards the magnetic north pole! The […]

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Brain Food: How to Fuel Your Buzziest Organ

Written by: on July 20, 2020 @ 6:00 am

It is incredible to think about all the things that our brains do for us. In addition to thinking, seeing, and smelling our brains control our breathing, heart rate, digestion of food and so much more! All day every day, even when we are sleeping our brains are working hard to keep us alive.   […]

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Biogas: Solving Our Organic Waste Problem

Written by: on July 13, 2020 @ 6:00 am

We tons and tons of trash. People across the world create 3.5 million tons of waste each day; the average U.S. citizens creates around 4.4 pounds of trash every day. While we mostly think of waste in the sense of plastic packaging and old things we no longer need, there are a few different types […]

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4 Ways that You can Reduce your Plastic Footprint

Written by: on July 6, 2020 @ 6:00 am

What do a toothbrush, a sandwich bag, and a water bottle all have in common? They are all made of plastic! In fact, there are many things that we use every day that are use plastic that we don’t even think about- like milk gallons, straws, and hairbrushes (oh my!).  But where does all this […]

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Watch Meteors on Meteor Watch Day!

Written by: on June 22, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Ever had the chance to make a wish on a shooting star? This superstition originated around 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece, believed to be gods peering down to Earth from the skies. Science has confirmed that falling stars has nothing to do with the Olympian gods; this source of luck is a fiery space […]

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Fireflies, Warm Weather, and Bioluminescence

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Firefly, firefly beetle, glow fly, flow worm, moon bug, golden sparkler, fire devil, blinkie, and lightning bug are all names for the lampyridae beetle. It is clear where fireflies got their name, as they produce a flashing glow as they fly through the air on warm summer nights. What actually causes fireflies to glow? There […]

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Mosquitos: Why do they Suck?

Written by: on June 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Why are mosquitos so religious? Because they prey on you! When making a list of the most dangerous creatures on our planet, what do you think of? A menacing shark with 3,000 teeth? A hungry, slithering, 30-foot long anaconda? What about a buzzing, blood sucking mosquito? Mosquitos may not maul you like a vicious tiger, […]

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World Oceans Day: Protecting Earth’s Largest Ecosystem

Written by: on June 8, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Earth’s surface is covered in water, making around 71% of the planet ocean water. Earth’s oceans are our largest ecosystem, home to more than 2 million estimated species. Marine plants provide our planet with almost 70% of our oxygen we breathe, and ocean animals provide for a sixth of all animal protein humans consume. If […]

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Snake Rattle

Written by: on May 28, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes, is the most common fear in the United States! More than half of the population’s largest fear are our legless friends, followed by public speaking and heights. What about slithering snakes makes us so uncomfortable? The cliché is true, snakes are more scared of us than we are of them. […]

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