‘Science and Nature’

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Cloudtrackers

October 30, 2014 3:00 pm

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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.

Trick Ice Cream

October 29, 2014 4:00 pm

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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.

Glow-in-the-Dark Trees

October 27, 2014 3:00 pm

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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!

Will the Real Tallest Mountain Please Rise…

October 26, 2014 3:00 pm

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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.

Licking Your Own Eyeball

October 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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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.

Chasing Too Big a Fish

October 15, 2014 4:00 pm

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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.

Hiding the Moon

October 7, 2014 4:00 pm

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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.

Monster Pumpkins

October 6, 2014 4:00 pm

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As Halloween nears, we start thinking about ghosts, monsters, and creepy creatures. We also think about more cheerful, colorful things like pumpkins, too. So what better way to celebrate than to make a monster out of pumpkins?

The Ugly Duckling of the Bug World

October 3, 2014 4:00 pm

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Butterflies are beautiful, but most don’t start out looking quite so nice. Take the swallowtail butterfly pictured here for example. In caterpillar form it looks like bird poop so other animals won’t eat it – and that seems to work! Click “Read More” to find out more, and see how the numbers transform in this shape-shifting math.

Deep Dive

September 27, 2014 4:00 pm

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On Thursday we talked about breaking world records, and somebody set an amazing one this week. Click “Read More” to find out what record was broken – and dive into the math!