‘Science and Nature’

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Bite-Sized Bots

August 22, 2014 4:00 pm

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When we think of robots, we think of a kid-sized chunk of metal that beeps and blinks, like R2D2 in Star Wars. But robots come in all shapes and sizes — including this batch of 1,024 mini-robots. Click “Read More” to find out what these small but mighty robots can do, and do the math!

FINALLY Enough Hours in the Day

August 21, 2014 4:00 pm

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Sometimes you hear grown-ups say, “I wish there were more hours in the day,” because they can’t finish everything they have to get done before bedtime. Well, just tell them to move to the planet Venus, where the days are really, really long. Click “Read More” to find out just how long a day on Venus is in Earth time – and do the space time math!

Porcupettes

August 17, 2014 4:00 pm

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We love learning new words here at Bedtime Math, and we just discovered a great one, “porcupette:” If you want to learn what this means, too, click “Read More” and do the porcupette math!

A Truly Magic Carpet

August 16, 2014 4:00 pm

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A flower is beautiful on its own, but when you put it with thousands of other flowers to make a picture, they become even more beautiful. That’s exactly what over 100 people did this week in Belgium. Click “Read More” and do the sweet-smelling math!

Eight (Legs) Is Enough

August 15, 2014 4:00 pm

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Our 8-legged friend the octopus is an animal that’s been around for nearly 300 million years. Maybe that’s why it’s become pretty smart for a slimy sea creature. Click “Read More” to find out multi-talented leggy creature, and do the octopus math!

Just ZIP It

August 13, 2014 4:00 pm

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When you mail a letter, you tell the post office where it’s going by writing the address: the street name and (building) number, the city, and the state. But big cities handling mail for lots of people have to split it into smaller batches, using ZIP codes. Some people are even important enough to have their very own zip code! Click “Read More” to do the zippy math.

A Big Bite of Shark

August 6, 2014 5:23 pm

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Recently, a fisherman in China caught a 16-foot long whale shark in his fishing net, weighing more than 2 tonnes. It was so huge that he had to drape it over a truck to drive it to the fish market! Click “Read More” to get the numbers behind sharks, and do the math.

Plastic-Gobbling Sea Machine

August 5, 2014 4:00 pm

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It’s exciting when anyone invents a machine that’s going to make our world better, like cleaning up garbage from our oceans. It’s even more exciting when that person is a 19-year-old kid. Click “Read More” to find out about this cool new invention and do the Ocean Cleanup math!

Happy Birthday, New York!

July 26, 2014 4:00 pm

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On this day in 1788, New York became the 11th state in the United States. And it’s a state full of surprises everywhere you turn. Click “Read More” to do the Empire State math!

Wall-to-Wall Trees

July 22, 2014 4:00 pm

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Have you ever played with Lincoln Logs, and as you stacked the little toy sticks, wondered how many trees it takes to build a real house? Well, other people have, too. Click “Read More” to find out just how many trees may be in your home – and do the math!