‘Science and Nature’

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When Zoo Animals Jump

October 23, 2014 3:00 pm

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Running a zoo is a lot of work: feeding all the animals, scooping their poop, and keeping critters from chasing (and eating) each other. For that last one, building the zoo is an even bigger project. You’d be amazed at just how high some of those animals can jump – and how high those fences have to be!

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.

1,000-Pound Pumpkin

October 16, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you live in America, you might want to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, or at least roll a couple onto your front lawn for decoration. Well, you’d better get your muscles in shape if you’re buying your pumpkins from farmer Keith Edwards, who’s grown 7 huge pumpkins that together weigh over 7,000 pounds!

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.

Bee All You Can Bee

October 10, 2014 4:00 pm

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Bees, those cute, fuzzy, stripy bugs with the not-so-cute stingers, are a very important part of nature. As they fly among the flowers to feed themselves, they carry pollen from one blossom to the next, helping plants grow the fruits and veggies that we eat. Without bees, we’d be missing out on a lot of things – including the honey they work hard to make!

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!

Putting the “Sleep” in “Sleepover”

September 26, 2014 4:00 pm

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If you’ve ever slept over at a friend’s house, you know how hard it is to sleep at these things. It’s just too much fun to be with people you don’t normally see at that time. And even though you’ll fall asleep really late, you might wake up early the next morning anyway, since you’re used to it. Click “Read More” to some sleepover bedtime math!