‘Animals’

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The Cuddliest Octopus

June 29, 2015 4:00 pm

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“Cute” isn’t usually the first word you think of to describe an octopus. But this flapjack octopus is definitely an exception! Read on to see how the cuteness adds up for this eight-legged friend.

Wrong Ride for a Raccoon

June 26, 2015 4:00 pm

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Raccoons and alligators don’t seem like they’d normally be friends. So why is this raccoon perched on top of this gator? Read on to find out – and do the math!

A Mouthful of Kids

June 21, 2015 4:00 pm

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Why is the gafftopsail one cool cat(fish) of a dad? Read on to find out – and see how the numbers in being a dad really add up!

A Buddy for Sunfish

June 19, 2015 4:00 pm

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What’s the opposite of a sunfish and does it really exist? Read on to find out, and do the underwater math on these odd fish!

A Champion Cheetah

June 6, 2015 4:00 pm

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Think jumping over hurdles is a piece of cake? You’d be surprised by all the on-the-spot math the brain does to get you over that log without landing on your face. Read on to see how a cheetah robot built at MIT does the math to jump over higher and higher hurdles!

Big Fans of Feathers

December 30, 2014 4:00 pm

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One of the coolest things about birds is their feathers. Feathers help birds fly, they keep the bird warm, and in some cases they just look awesome – with peacocks wearing the best feathers of all. And with feet of colorful tail feathers, they sure have reason to strut! Read on to do the math on peacocks and their fancy feathers.

Grow Those Antlers!

December 24, 2014 4:00 pm

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At this time of year we see a lot of pictures of reindeer, often pulling a sled carrying a big fat guy wearing a red suit. Very often those deer have antlers. It turns out that antlers are the fastest-growing bone of any mammal, growing up to 1 inch per day. And with all Spring and Summer to grow, those antlers can get really big! Read on to do the antler math.

The Most Beautiful Worm

December 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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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!

Following Your Favorite Shark

December 19, 2014 4:00 pm

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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!

Big Bunny

December 17, 2014 4:00 pm

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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!