‘Science and Nature’

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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!

Rock, Paper…Bridge?

June 3, 2015 4:00 pm

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Ever walk across a bridge? How about one made of paper, or a stone bridge that makes a big loop? Read on to discover the magnificent math in these bizarre bridges!

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.

The Watch That Watches You

December 29, 2014 4:00 pm

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This is really a wristband more than a watch, but there’s a new piece of jewelry that does things for you when you fall asleep. Read on to see what new invention two teenagers in the UK have come up with – and do the math on how much you can now get done while you sleep!

Make Cut-out Snowflakes Day

December 27, 2014 4:00 pm

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Today is Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day, a great case of art and math coming together on paper. Real snowflakes are those tiny crystals of frozen water that fall from the sky. While two snowflakes could be the same, there’s almost no chance that will happen. And with endless possibilities for creativity, each paper snowflake is probably different, too. Read on to get the flurry of numbers about snowflakes!

Like Walking on Water

December 26, 2014 4:00 pm

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As winter hits many parts of the world, it becomes cold enough to freeze water into ice. When lakes freeze, the ice usually comes out white because it’s full of little air bubbles. But some hikers in Slovakia came to a frozen lake that was unlike any they had seen before. Read on to find out what was so cool – or cold – about this lake, and do the math!