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Truly Twisted Building

January 31, 2015 4:00 pm

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It’s great when a building can weave around the law by using math! That’s just what one new building in Vienna, Austria is doing by taking on a crazy shape. Read on to do the math on how this building is shaping up – or rather, around!

Spirocakes

January 30, 2015 4:00 pm

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Pancakes taste great in any shape, even a plain old circle. But they’re even yummier when they come out as loops and spirals. The folks at 10MinuteMath made a tool that spins out pancake batter the same way as one of our favorite toys, Spirograph. Read on to see how this cool creation works – and eat up some yummy, spirally math!

Some New Friends, 690 Trillion Miles Away

January 29, 2015 4:00 pm

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When you look at the sun, you’re actually looking at a star. The teeny prickpoints of light you see at night are stars, too, just really, really far away — and many of them have planets like Earth spinning around them. This week, astronomers found the oldest star we’ve ever seen that has planets. Read on to see how the planetary numbers add up – and if we have new alien friends 690 trillion miles away!

Ginormous Ice Cube

January 28, 2015 4:00 pm

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What happens when you toss an ice cube in your glass of juice or water? Does it sink or float? It floats, because an ice cube weighs a little less than the same chunk of melted water. Out in the ocean very far north and south it gets even more exciting, because giant chunks of ice break off from the land and float in the waves. Read on to see why one of these giant chunks of ice is especially awesome – and do the “cool” math!

Shrink Art and Scale

January 28, 2015 8:00 am

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While traveling in London, we had a chance to visit the film studio where the Harry Potter movies were made. The coolest part of the tour was seeing...

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Sunlight Flight

January 27, 2015 4:00 pm

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Have you ever driven by a building with a big black rectangle strapped to it to face the sun? That’s a solar panel, and it turns sunlight into electricity. A panel can run only a few light bulbs, but someone has built a whole airplane that can run its engines on nothing but sunlight. Read on to do the math on this amazing airplane.

Checkerboard Chocolate, and More

January 26, 2015 4:00 pm

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When we saw the photo of these amazing chocolates, the first thing we asked was, “Would anyone want to eat them?” How can you eat something that looks so cool? Read on to find out more about and do the math on these creative, chocolate cubes!

Your Fruit’s Favorite Number

January 25, 2015 4:00 pm

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Have you ever looked at an apple or banana from the store and noticed a sticker with a 4-digit number? Maybe a 4138 on a Granny Smith, or a 4432 on a pineapple? That sticker and number aren’t just there for fun – they have a purpose. Read on to see how the numbers are used as a code for the fruit – and enjoy some bite-sized math!

A Fun Swim with Killer Whales

January 24, 2015 4:00 pm

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Imagine floating on the ocean and having a giant whale swim right under you! That’s what happened to Rich German in California, when he was paddling around and five orcas suddenly swam up to him. Orcas are big animals, so just imagine how it must have been to swim up close with them! Read on to swim through the killer whale numbers – and see just what Rich saw when swimming with them.

The People Flying over Your Head

January 23, 2015 4:00 pm

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Have you ever watched an airplane in the sky and wondered how many people are in there, and where they’re going? Now multiply that by all the planes in the air at any time, and you get a lot of people airborne at the same time. Read on to see how one website showed all the planes flying across the Atlantic Ocean throughout the day – and see how quickly the numbers add up!