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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!

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!

Prime Chime Time

June 17, 2014 4:00 pm

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Of all the clocks in the world, the most famous might be Big Ben. It’s also the biggest clock, as you can guess from the name, and rests inside one of the tallest clock towers. All of this adds up for some great math! Click “Read More” and take some time to do the math.

Introducing…the Titanosaur

June 16, 2014 4:00 pm

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Dinosaurs aren’t alive today, which is a huge bummer. But we know a lot about them because we’ve found a lot of their bones. Sometimes those bones give us shocking surprises – like the bone in this photo, found a few weeks ago on a dig in Argentina. To size it up and do the math, click “Read More.”