Category: Science

July 4th Birthday Love: Koko

From dogs using speech buttons to fish playing soccer, we are now seeing more and more animals surprise us with their intelligence and communication skills. But the biggest modern breakthrough in animal intelligence may have been when Koko the gorilla learned to speak sign language. Koko had a vocabulary consisting of over 1,000 signs, and …

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Happy World Turtle Day!

Happy #WorldTurtleDay! As I mentioned in my recent endangered species post, the Hawksbill Turtle is on the critically endangered list, and turtles everywhere are threatened by plastic and other unwanted debris in the ocean every day.  A few ways you can help show your love for these beautiful creatures is by using less plastic, recycling …

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International Day for Biological Diversity: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, a time to reflect on the importance of different species around the globe that are threatened by human activities. Here are thoughts on preserving our biodiversity (which comes from the term “biological diversity”) and ecosystems. Our global ecosystem is home to earth’s entire collection of living …

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Endangered Species Day Observance

Today is Endangered Species Day, a time to remember the importance of different species on our connected planet and the importance of protecting them. Here we are observing seventeen of the most threatened animals on the planet. These are animals currently on the critically endangered list according to the WWF, which means that they are …

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Earth Day Awareness: Plastic

One of the largest concerns on the planet today is plastic waste, especially with poisonous expanding landfills and the growing Pacific Garbage Patch. TED-Ed has an informative lesson on where plastic waste goes, how the patch is formed, points out that there are more patches in the ocean, and tells us why it’s important to …

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Earth Day Awareness: The Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure, yet at alarmingly rapid rates, it is becoming the planet’s largest dying structure due to rising ocean temperatures. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 134,000 square miles off of the coast of Queensland, Australia, and is home to a vast array of fish species, turtles, …

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Earth Day Awareness: Slowing Climate Change

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22, so I wanted to take a few days to share awareness videos and discussions. TEDTalks has an educational radio hour called “The Big Five,” where experts talked about five massive crises in today’s world, number one being climate change.  One of the clearest and most …

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Kids’ Craft Project: Building a Volcano

Well, since I did a cheat sheet on volcanoes, and I have talked about them a few times, I thought I would give you a how-to on building a volcano. This is actually a pretty fun activity and many kids can take advantage of this when they need a science project in school. It is fairly …

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Fun with Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar

You have probably seen this experiment before but it is one of my favorites so I wanted to share.  If you can’t tell by the photograph, I do this activity often enough to warrant purchasing the big box of baking soda.  I think it has something to do with the fact that I feel like …

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February 12th Birthday Love: Charles Darwin

Happy birthday to naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin, born February 12, 1809 in The Mount House in Shrewsbury, England. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” –Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle Here is Sir David Attenborough describing Darwin’s inspirational influence on …

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