Jason Latimer is a magician who wants to inspire kids to pursue science careers. He created the “Impossible Science Student Challenge” to motivate middle and high school students in the U S and Canada. Design a science display that looks like magic, and you could win a performance by Jason Latimer for your school!
Poor Uranus. After years of debate, astronomers have finally identified the gas that makes up the planet’s clouds. It’s hydrogen sulfide, the gas that makes rotten eggs and flatulence smell so good. Yep, Uranus smells like farts. Ha ha ha hoho-hee-hee, hoho hoo hee! It’s also -328 degrees Fahrenheit, so I don’t think I’d want to visit Uranus anyway!
When Dutch student Boyan Slat was 18, he started a foundation called The Ocean Cleanup. They designed a device to collect the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of plastic trash twice as big as France. The system is finally ready to start cleaning! If people stop adding to it, half the patch could get collected in 5 years.
Have you watched Justice and Liberty and their baby eagles on the eagle cam yet? The eaglets are losing their fluffy baby feathers and looking more grown up. You might see their parents fly in with a big fish to feed to them. Before long, they’ll start learning to fly! Watch them on eaglecam dot org.
Today is National Pigs In A Blanket Day! Pretend you’re a little piglet and snuggle up in a blanket and snort. Pretend your pets are pigs too. Make some art of pigs in blankets, and make a blanket with pigs on it! Or eat sausages wrapped in biscuit dough. I think that’s what they really meant, hee hee snort!
The cows in Kilmichael Cork, Ireland appreciate good music. When young Grace Lehane played a song on her concertina, which is an accordion-like instrument, the cows on her father’s farm came running! They stood along the fence and listened to her play. They couldn’t clap for her, but they gave her a standing ovation!
Would you like to take a quiz where you try and identify dogs? Would you like to help with scientific research? You can do both by logging on to “Mutt Mix” at IAABCprojects.org! You’ll see photos of dogs, and try to guess what breeds they are. When the scientists finish the study, you’ll get a certificate, and the answers!
Astronomers have discovered a planet that absorbs almost all light that hits it. The planet, named WASP-104b, is known as a hot Jupiter planet: gas planets around the same mass as Jupiter that orbit close to their star. WASP-104b is so close, its orbit takes only 1.75 days! That means a year is less than 2 days long!
1,726 people came together to form the largest human recycling logo ever in Chennai India. They wore green shirts and assembled themselves into the familiar triangle of arrows, promoting the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” motto. In Mumbai, the Plastindia Foundation recycled 200,000 plastic bottles into cloth to make the world’s largest t-shirt! India is BIG on recycling!
You’ll never guess what today is. Seriously, you’ll never guess. It’s International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day! Too wacky? Celebrate International Nose Picking Day! Too gross? How about National Cherry Cheesecake Day! Too sweet? Try National Zucchini Bread Day! And if thou likest none of those, it’s Talk Like Shakespeare Day!