‘Science and Nature’
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.
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!
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.
When you look up at the sky, for a moment a big fluffy cloud might block the sun, and then you’re in the shade. These puffy, floating shadow-makers are great for creating shapes…and doing math.
Ice cream is already a pretty exciting treat: cold, yummy sweetness that melts on your tongue, sometimes with crunch or caramel mixed in. So what could be better than ice cream? Color-changing ice cream, of course, which was recently invented by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares.
We all love stuff that glows in the dark: T-shirts, bracelets, blinking shoelaces. But what if trees could glow in the dark? That’s what a Danish designer and an American scientist wondered when they put the glowing stuff from sea creatures in a baby plant. The result was glowing – literally!
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, right? Well, not quite. At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest is the highest peak above sea level (the surface of the ocean), but it isn’t the tallest mountain from top to bottom — if you count what’s underwater.
Of all the animals who blend into what’s around them using shape and color, the leaf-tailed gecko might be one of the coolest. It lives on the island of Madagascar, and looks just like the way it sounds: with a tail that looks like a leaf. And that’s not the only cool thing about it.
When animals hunt for food, sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. That seemed to be the case with this eagle. Luckily a fisher nearby happened upon the eagle to help it out.
Tomorrow morning many of us will get to see a lunar eclipse, one of the coolest solar system events you can watch. The Earth will move right between the Sun and Moon to put its own shadow right on the Moon. This will make the Moon turn a cool shade of reddish-orange as it slides into our shadow.