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When Hippos Hang by a Hair
October 9th, 2021

Ever wonder if your hair is strong enough to pick up a pen? Or a hippo? You might be surprised at just how strong one strand of hair can be! Read on to do the hair-raising math on the strength of your hair.

Fluffy Robot Penguin
October 8th, 2021

It’s hard to study penguins as a scientist. But if you’re a scientist with a robot it’s a lot easier. And it’s even easier if your robot is cleverly disguised as a penguin. Read on to see how the penguins are liking these fluffy robot penguins, and do the penguin math.

Swing That Bowling Ball
October 7th, 2021

When you swing on a swing, you’ll find that whether you push back a lot or a little to start, it always takes the same amount of time to swing from back to front. The only thing that changes the timing of a swing is the length of the chains: longer swings take longer to swing. One person showed this using bowling balls on strings – and you’d be amazed at what the balls did! Read on to watch the video, and do the swinging math.

Putting the Boom in Boomerang
October 6th, 2021

When you throw a ball or Frisbee, it usually only comes back to you if you’re playing catch with somebody (or fetch with your dog). But a boomerang is different and will return to you on its own! Read on to find out how it works, and go flying with the boomerang math.

Potato Chips That Rock ‘n Roll
October 5th, 2021

We always love a good mathy excuse to play with our food – and this one is really cool! One of our favorite online experimenters, Crazy Russian Hacker, shows us how to stack Pringles potato chips in such a way that they make a circle. Read on to do the math on stacking and snacking.

Who’s Better at Obstacles, Cats or Dogs?
October 4th, 2021

When you have 4 feet, is it twice as hard to tiptoe through a maze? Do math like an animal in this silly story!

Because Guinea Pigs Need Friends, Too
October 3rd, 2021

Different pets need different things, and some animals really need another animal friend. Guinea pigs are some of those animals, and the people of Switzerland have decided to do something to make sure these cute critters have furry friends. Read on to double the fun with the guinea pig math!

When Sheep and Trains Fly
October 2nd, 2021

When people don’t believe something, they say it will happen “when pigs fly!” Well, you just may see a few pigs flying at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this week. Read on to be lifted up, up, and away with the math in this hot air balloon festival!

How Many of You Are There, Anyway?
October 1st, 2021

Ever wonder if there’s somebody else out there walking around with the same name as you? There’s a website that can tell you that – and you can see just how popular your name is! Read on to do the math behind this fun name game.

Prairie Dog Party
September 30th, 2021

Prairie dogs aren’t only cute animals that apparently like to munch on carrots. They’re also awesome underground architects, building tunnels and “towns” that are miles long! Read on to learn more about these furry friends – and dig up the numbers behind prairie dogs.

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