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The Perfect Palm

July 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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Palm trees are those tall, skinny plants with the spiky green pom-pom tops, often swaying in the breeze near some beautiful blue ocean. As cute and perky as these trees look, palm leaves can grow more than 75 feet long and over 10 feet wide! Click “Read More” to see how these tall giants stack up, and do the math.

A Ferris Wheel for Boats

July 3, 2014 4:00 pm

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Canals are cool water tunnels connecting two bodies of water at different heights. But what’s even cooler than that is the “Falkirk Wheel,” which is like a ferris wheel for boats. Click “Read More” to see how it works, and see how the numbers really add up in this boat math!

Downhill Slide to a World Record

July 2, 2014 4:00 pm

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There aren’t many things more fun than a water slide. One thing that might beat it, though, is setting a water slide world record. Click “Read More” to find out how Mahwah, NJ students slid by this record, and do the math!

Because Dogs Like to Eat Out, Too

July 1, 2014 4:00 pm

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It’s fun to eat at a restaurant, since each person can choose anything he’d like from the menu. And that matters a lot if your dog is coming along, too. At some restaurants in the U.S., there’s no need to bring home a doggy bag for your pooch – they’re allowed to come with you. Click “Read More” to chew on some numbers behind these doggy dinner hot spots.

Bridge Full of Bats

June 30, 2014 4:00 pm

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The bat is a strange, spooky animal. It looks like a mouse with spiky wings, and makes squeaky sounds to find the food it’s hunting down to eat. The biggest, most alarming crowd of these might be the Congress Avenue Bridge bats in Austin, Texas, with more than 1 1/2 million bats. Click “Read More” to find out what’s so good about these animals – and do the batty math!

Record-Breaking Snake

June 28, 2014 4:00 pm

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The green anaconda is by far the biggest snake in the world. It’s the heaviest, the thickest, and also the second longest, outdone only by the python. Click “Read More” to do the slimey math on this snake!

Getting Your Kicks from the World Cup

June 25, 2014 4:00 pm

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We are a week into the World Cup, the giant competition where countries send their best soccer players (or football, as most countries call it) to try to win the top prize. The countries are clumped into groups of 4, usually from 4 different continents, and each team plays the other 3; the 2 winningest teams from each group go on to the round of 16. With all these matches going on, the goals really start to add up. Click “Read More” to do the World Cup math!

Tigers as Pets

June 24, 2014 4:00 pm

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Tigers may be big and strong and scary, but people love them. Thanks to their beautiful, stripy fur and slinky way of walking, tigers always win more votes for most Popular Animal than their less exciting cousin, the housecat. And with their speed and huge size, it’s not hard to see why. Click “Read More” for the numbers behind these favorite felines.

Playing Martian on Earth

June 23, 2014 4:00 pm

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Flying people to Mars won’t be easy. They’ll have to fly on a 3-year, 60-million mile trip to the right place, and then land on the ground safely. With the air so thin on Mars, you can’t land a spacecraft like you would an airplane. So NASA’s improvising. Click “Read More” to find out how, and do the math!

The Bird That’s Flown to the Moon

June 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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We know birds migrate, meaning they travel to cool places during the summer, then back to warmer places to spend the winter. What’s incredible is how fast that flying can add up for even the tiniest bird. Click “Read More” to do the math on how one bird has really racked up the frequent flyer miles!