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What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

Some of the main plates that make up the Earth’s crust

Table of Contents From Pangea and Gondwana to Africa and Australia—how and why does the world keep changing? Are continents moving? If you have ever looked at a world map really carefully, you may have noticed that Africa and South America look like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The continents […]

What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

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Table of Contents From Pangea and Gondwana to Africa and Australia—how and why does the world keep changing? Are continents moving? If you have ever looked at a world map really carefully, you may have noticed that Africa and South America look like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The continents

What Are Baobabs? – The Tree of Life

Meet the tree that can do it all, from resisting fires to building its very own ecosystem!

The baobab trees of Madagascar. Source

The baobab trees of Madagascar, Credit: Wikimedia/Rouddi Off the coast of southeast Africa is island called Madagascar. Like the movie might tell you, this island is a treasure trove of fantastical creatures—each one more enchanting than the last. After millions of years of isolation, life on Madagascar has evolved into

What Are Baobabs? – The Tree of Life

Meet the tree that can do it all, from resisting fires to building its very own ecosystem!

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The baobab trees of Madagascar, Credit: Wikimedia/Rouddi Off the coast of southeast Africa is island called Madagascar. Like the movie might tell you, this island is a treasure trove of fantastical creatures—each one more enchanting than the last. After millions of years of isolation, life on Madagascar has evolved into

Different Types of Clouds

Photo of big, fluffy cumulus clouds

Table of Contents What are clouds? Clouds are water droplets or ice crystals that have formed on tiny bits of dust and dirt in the air. When we look up into the sky, we can see many different types of clouds. They form in the troposphere, which is the layer

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Table of Contents What are clouds? Clouds are water droplets or ice crystals that have formed on tiny bits of dust and dirt in the air. When we look up into the sky, we can see many different types of clouds. They form in the troposphere, which is the layer

How Does Climate Change Affect Plants and Animals?

Thale Cress can Change its Physical Appearance Depending on the Climate

Table of Contents What is Climate Change? Climate change is affecting our planet in many different ways, including global warming. The rate at which the Earth’s temperature has increased over the past 100 years has risen rapidly. This is mostly due to the release of greenhouse gases from the burning

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Table of Contents What is Climate Change? Climate change is affecting our planet in many different ways, including global warming. The rate at which the Earth’s temperature has increased over the past 100 years has risen rapidly. This is mostly due to the release of greenhouse gases from the burning

Do Animals Find Things Funny?

The science of animals that laugh

Montenegro "Monty" at Dolphin Point

Table of Contents What is a monkey’s favorite dance move? The banana split!   What makes you laugh? It could be a friend making a funny face at you or a joke you hear on your favorite show. Laughing can happen when we find something funny, but it can also

Do Animals Find Things Funny?

The science of animals that laugh

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Table of Contents What is a monkey’s favorite dance move? The banana split!   What makes you laugh? It could be a friend making a funny face at you or a joke you hear on your favorite show. Laughing can happen when we find something funny, but it can also

Cockroaches and Their Eggs!

Timelapses_of_Cockroach_Egg_Cases_Hatching

https://youtu.be/qzkxntU1UA0 Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are common household pests closely related to termites. While cockroaches have been indicators of uncleanliness throughout human history, most cockroach species are not “dirty pests” but live in various habitats. Only 30 cockroach species out of the 4,600 known species roam near human habitats.

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https://youtu.be/qzkxntU1UA0 Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are common household pests closely related to termites. While cockroaches have been indicators of uncleanliness throughout human history, most cockroach species are not “dirty pests” but live in various habitats. Only 30 cockroach species out of the 4,600 known species roam near human habitats.

Fly Over a Martian Crater!

Flyover_of_Mars_Impact_Using_HiRISE_Data

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24yNNi8ZmA Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in our solar system. It is a terrestrial planet, having a thin atmosphere and a crust composed of elements similar to Earth. Additionally, its core consists of iron and nickel.   Mars is well-known for the features on its surface, such

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24yNNi8ZmA Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in our solar system. It is a terrestrial planet, having a thin atmosphere and a crust composed of elements similar to Earth. Additionally, its core consists of iron and nickel.   Mars is well-known for the features on its surface, such

Build an Egg-cellent Eggsaver STEM Challenge

Build an Egg-cellent Eggsaver

How to do Build an Egg-cellent Eggsaver Challenge Challenge Criteria: Your challenge is to make a structure from household materials; or better yet, waste products, or products no more suitable for use. This structure should have enough space to fit an egg. You will need to drop this structure, including

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How to do Build an Egg-cellent Eggsaver Challenge Challenge Criteria: Your challenge is to make a structure from household materials; or better yet, waste products, or products no more suitable for use. This structure should have enough space to fit an egg. You will need to drop this structure, including

STEM Around Us: Stroll Through Sleep

Stroll Through Sleep

A good night’s sleep is a reward for all the hard work throughout the day. During sleep, our body repairs and regrows tissues, builds muscles and bones, and slows our heart rate down. However, sleep is not a uniform process, and there are stages in the sleep cycle.   Broadly,

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A good night’s sleep is a reward for all the hard work throughout the day. During sleep, our body repairs and regrows tissues, builds muscles and bones, and slows our heart rate down. However, sleep is not a uniform process, and there are stages in the sleep cycle.   Broadly,

Do Elephants Have Good Memory?

Elephant stares down camera

Elephants often get praise for their impressive memory. It’s commonly known they can remember events from their past a year later. However, do elephants really have superior memory, or is this another common myth? Memory is complex. Should “good memory” be defined as remembering many different things all at once,

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Elephants often get praise for their impressive memory. It’s commonly known they can remember events from their past a year later. However, do elephants really have superior memory, or is this another common myth? Memory is complex. Should “good memory” be defined as remembering many different things all at once,

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