‘Science and Nature’

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The Biggest, Bestest Battery

December 22, 2017 4:00 pm


Bedtime Math fan Elsie H. asked us a great question: how much energy does an electric car need to drive 1 mile? Read on to find out, and power up the math behind electric cars!

Countdown to Spring

December 21, 2017 4:00 pm


Today is the winter solstice, when the southern half of Earth is tilted towards the sun and the top half, the north, is tilted away. For northern places, it’s the coldest season. In fact, at the North Pole they’re getting no sun at all, day or night! The good news is, starting tomorrow each day will have more daylight than the one before. Read on to see how the hours of daylight really add up!

A Tree That’s Hard to Top

December 16, 2017 4:00 pm


Bedtime Math fan Anoushka M. visited the giant spruce tree at Rockefeller Center last week and it got her thinking about numbers. She asked us, how tall is that tree? Read on to find out – and trim the tree with math and numbers!

In the Footsteps of Giants

December 14, 2017 4:00 pm


Our friend Alexis V. asked us for some dinosaur math — and as luck would have it, there’s big news about those big old reptiles! Just last week scientists in Scotland found a big patch of dinosaur footprints from 161 million years ago.

When There’s Wind in the Wires

December 13, 2017 4:00 pm


You’ve probably seen pictures of cute old-fashioned windmills, or seen a toy one spinning at the miniature golf course. And maybe you’ve even seen a version of them around today, called wind turbines, from afar. So you might not realize how gigantic they really are! Read on to find out about the numbers in these towering twirly machines – and get spinning with the math.

The Bird That Really Turns Heads

December 11, 2017 4:00 pm


Did you know that owls can move their heads around in almost a full circle? And they have a good reason for doing this! Read on to do the head-turning math behind these birds that turn heads.

Don’t Hold Your Breath

December 8, 2017 4:00 pm


If you’ve ever tried to hold your breath, you know if gets harder and harder as time ticks by. But did you know there are some animals that can hold their breath for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and even longer? Read on to see which animals are masters at holding their breaths, and take a breath of fresh math!

Flash Those Feathers

December 7, 2017 4:00 pm


Peacocks are those birds with the fancy, flashy feathers they fan out into a semi-circle to impress the female peahens – and us humans. So just how many of those feathers does it take to create this colorful arrangement? Read on to find out, and do the fancy-feather math!

Polka Dot Dog

December 5, 2017 4:00 pm


Dogs come in all kinds of patterns, including spots! Dalmatians are one of the most famous spotted pups. But do they always have those eye-catching dots? Read on to find out – and spot the math in these delightful dogs.

The Weight of Snow, in Chocolate

December 4, 2017 4:00 pm


If snow is starting to fall where you live, you may be out there building a snowman or chucking snowballs at your friends — and you may notice how the really wet, sticky snow you can pack into shapes is also really heavy. How can those teeny specks falling from the sky weigh so much? Read on to see – and find out just how much a snowflake weighs.