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September 2022

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Science Digest Edition Oct 01 – Oct 15, 2022

Print Smore Science Digest A biweekly science newsletter for kidsEdition 11 | Oct 01,2022 – Oct 15,2022 In This Issue:  Trending News: Scientists Discover How to Break Down PFAs! | Dugong Declared Extinct in China | STEM Around Us: Catching lightning in a bottle | Science Video | Did You Know?  | STEM Challenge: Chill a Drink Challenge | Brain …

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The Alkali Metals!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uixxJtJPVXk Lithium (Li), sodium (Na), potassium (K), rubidium (Rb), caesium (Cs), and francium (Fr) together make up the alkali metals. They are also known as the lithium family of elements.  Along with hydrogen gas (H), the alkali metals form the first group of the periodic table of elements. All the alkali metals have one outer …

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STEM Around Us: Catching Lightning in a Bottle

The high voltage breakdown of plexiglass creates beautiful fractal patterns called Lichtenberg figures. Credit: Bert Hickman “Catching lightning in a bottle” is an idiom for a nearly impossible goal. While trapping lightning in a bottle is still out of reach, we can trap lightning in plexiglass or acrylic with some clever science. To start with, …

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Winogradsky Column : Make a Bacterial Art Installation

Create a window into the world of bacteria

A Winogradsky column is a beautiful way to observe and learn more about bacteria all around us Table of Contents The World in Miniature Microbes are an important but often ignored part of life around us. The word microbes or micro-organisms encompasses all bacteria, viruses, and fungi. One microbe alone is invisible to the naked …

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Marvels of the Ocean Floor

Learn about the startling features hidden in the deep blue

The depths of the ocean are mysterious and unexplored, but we know it contains incredible things. Table of Contents Features of the Ocean Floor The deep blue ocean covers an incredible 70% of the Earth’s surface. It connects all the landmasses, is an important source of food, and it is still the way most goods …

Marvels of the Ocean Floor

Learn about the startling features hidden in the deep blue

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How Do Snowflakes Form?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6zr2eLpduI What do humans and snowflakes have in common? Just like every person has a unique fingerprint, every snowflake has a different geometry and shape. When an extremely cold droplet of water freezes over a speck of dust or pollen in the sky, it forms an ice crystal, which serves as a base for the …

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Red Cabbage Indicator to Classify Liquids into Acids and Bases

An indicator reveals if a substance is acidic or basic. In solutions, acidic components release hydrogen ions, while basic ones release hydroxide (OH−) ions. The indicator changes color according to the solution’s nature. Materials Needed • Red cabbage• Knife (Use only under adult supervision; preferably let the adult do the chopping)• Blender• Strainer• Bowl• Clear …

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Science Digest Edition Sep 15 – Sep 30, 2022

Print Smore Science Digest A biweekly science newsletter for kidsEdition 10 | Sep 15,2022 – Sep 30,2022 In This Issue:  Trending News: Food Crops Could Now Use the Sun’s Energy 20% More Efficiently! | First Native American Woman to Travel to Space | STEM Around Us: What does a dog’s breed say about its personality? | Science Video | …

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What Does a Dog’s Breed Say About its Personality?

Credit: Ken Billington A big myth about dogs is that their personality has a lot to do with their breed. In reality, all dogs can be good dogs, and we have the science to back that up! Scientists turned to dog-owners to answer questions about their pups’ behavior. The questions ranged from whether their dogs …

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