Today is the winter solstice, when the southern half of Earth is tilted towards the sun and the top half, the north, is tilted away. For northern places, it’s the coldest season. In fact, at the North Pole they’re getting no sun at all, day or night! The good news is, starting tomorrow each day will have more daylight than the one before. Read on to see how the hours of daylight really add up!
When you look at the flowery blue thing in the photo, what do you guess that it is? Would you believe that it’s not a plant, but an animal — and worse yet, a worm? Read on to learn about the “Christmas tree worm” and do the math!
When you watch squirrels or chipmunks run around your neighborhood, do you ever wonder exactly where they go? How about sharks? They can swim hundreds of miles a day, so it could be hard to follow them. But scientists have been following one shark, named Lydia, using a satellite tracker they put on her. Read on to do the math on the miles Lydia has swum!
When we look at the stars in the night sky, we see that our planet Earth isn’t the only ball of rock whizzing through space. There are 7 other major planets gong around the Sun, the Moon – our nearest neighbor – and a lot more. The Moon sounds like it’s far away, almost a quarter million miles, but someone figured out that all the other planets could fit perfectly lined up in that space! Read on to do the math on the space in space.
We usually think of rabbits as small, cute, furry pets. But they can grow big, and the world record-breaking big bunny is one giant bundle of fluff. Read on to do the math on Ralph, the rabbit with this record, and find out just how big he is!
Chocolate is so delicious that it can taste just as good with other foods as it does by itself. Just about anything tastes good when dipped in gooey, melted chocolate. That’s why there’s a whole day dedicated to chocolate-covered anything – and it’s today! Read on to do the chocolatey math.
Tonight’s sundown marks the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah lasts for 8 nights and 8 days, with traditions including lighting the menorah each night, enjoying special foods and exchanging gifts. And with 8 nights of candles to light, the menorah math begins to add up quickly!
Did you ever wonder what your face has to do to laugh? It’s actually a lot of work, right? since almost every part of your face moves. Read on the do the math on how much of a work-out your mouth gets when you laugh!
How would you like to run a roller coaster right through your home? It could start at any high spot, run through bedrooms and the kitchen, and pop out the front door. Someone actually built a coaster like this as a way to sell a house. Read on to see how one Dutch realtor crunched the numbers to create the most fun way to tour a house in style.
Did you notice anything about today’s date? If your country lists the date as the number of the month, the number of the day, and then the year, today is 12/13/14. And a date in order like this won’t happen for the rest of this century! Read on for more calendar number play.