‘Daily Math’

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Party Time in Space

November 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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Riding a rocket must be incredibly exciting. But it must be even better to zoom on a rocket up to the International Space Station and stay there. Sailing 268 feet above our heads, the ISS celebrates its 15th birthday today. So if you look up in the sky tonight and see it floating by, make sure to give it a “Happy birthday” shout out!

Sign of the Times (Square)

November 18, 2014 4:00 pm

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Times Square, a stretch of blocks in the middle of New York City, is famous for signs so bright that even at night the streets are as bright as daylight. And now one sign will shine brighter and bigger than all the rest. With 24 million LEDs, the world’s biggest billboard ever built is sure to grab some attention. It already grabbed ours with all the math in it!

A Mailbox for Fish

November 15, 2014 4:00 pm

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It’s pretty amazing that you can write a letter to a friend, write an address hundreds of miles away on the envelope, and within days your friend gets your letter in the mailbox. And when the mailbox is underwater, like one in the town of Susami, Japan is, getting the mail may turn in to going for a swim.

How to Ride a Comet

November 14, 2014 4:00 pm

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Comets are one of the most exciting types of space objects: a chunk of rock and ice speeding through space and leaving a long, bright tail of ice and dust behind it. What’s even more exciting is landing a spacecraft on a comet traveling 135,000 miles per hour, which happened this week!

Tightrope Across Town

November 13, 2014 4:00 pm

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We always love hearing about people doing crazy stunts, like walking on a tightrope over a river between two really tall buildings — or better yet, a tightrope that runs uphill.

Beat the Clock, Win a Truck

November 12, 2014 4:00 pm

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Basketball isn’t just about chucking the ball so it lands in the net. There’s a lot of excitement in how you throw the ball, and how far. And this was certainly true when Drake University student Alex Tillinghast had the chance to win a truck by making 4 different shots in 30 seconds. Did he make it? Read on to find out and do the math!

600-Pound Building Blocks

November 11, 2014 4:00 pm

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The game Jenga is a test of steady hands. You stack blocks 3 across in 9 layers, then each player has to pull out a block and set it on top of the tower without making the whole stack tip over. People love this game. But why should we have all the fun? From cats to construction vehicles – everybody and everything is joining in on the game!

For French Fries, Press Here

November 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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Have you ever bought anything from a vending machine? It’s a tall box filled with food or drinks, and when you put money into it and press a button, the item you chose pops out. Usually vending machines sell packaged foods like chips, candy bars, or bottles of water or soda. But people have figured out how to sell all kinds of food from them.

Taking “All You Can Eat” to the Max

November 9, 2014 4:00 pm

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The restaurant chain Olive Garden stirred up some excitement when they sold $100 all-you-can-eat passes: just $100 to eat as much pasta, salad and bread as you want as often as you want for 7 weeks. Well, one man from North Carolina decided to get his money’s worth, by having 95 meals (and counting!) in the first 6 weeks of his pass. He definitely put his money where his mouth is.

Too Big for the Camera

November 8, 2014 4:00 pm

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How do you take a picture of a tree that you can’t fit into the camera’s view? Read on to find out how a team of tree climbers and photographers from National Geographic did it to take a picture of a 247-foot tree called The President.