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Why is the Dead Sea called the Dead Sea?

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Table of Contents Sitting between the countries of Jordan and Israel is a body of water called the Dead Sea. It is the lowest point on land, its surface being 1,400 ft (430 m) below sea level, while its deepest point is another 1,000 feet below. Hearing this name may […]

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Table of Contents Sitting between the countries of Jordan and Israel is a body of water called the Dead Sea. It is the lowest point on land, its surface being 1,400 ft (430 m) below sea level, while its deepest point is another 1,000 feet below. Hearing this name may

How Do Sponges Reproduce?

The surprising ways this simple aquatic animal produces offspring

The sponge species known as a giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia

Sponges may seem a bit boring, since they stay rooted to one spot on the ocean floor, but they’re actually quite amazing. Believe it or not, they are one of the oldest animals on Earth and have managed to survive for 600 million years! How? Well, they are experts at

How Do Sponges Reproduce?

The surprising ways this simple aquatic animal produces offspring

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Sponges may seem a bit boring, since they stay rooted to one spot on the ocean floor, but they’re actually quite amazing. Believe it or not, they are one of the oldest animals on Earth and have managed to survive for 600 million years! How? Well, they are experts at

Why Does Honey Never Go Bad?

Arwin Neil Baichoo

Honey, Credit: unsplash.com/Arwin Neil Baichoo Along with jewelry and wine, royal tombs in ancient Egypt also had jars of honey. They included the honey because they thought it would make their trip to the afterlife more pleasant. Even though the graves were found 3,000 years later, the honey in them

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Honey, Credit: unsplash.com/Arwin Neil Baichoo Along with jewelry and wine, royal tombs in ancient Egypt also had jars of honey. They included the honey because they thought it would make their trip to the afterlife more pleasant. Even though the graves were found 3,000 years later, the honey in them

Why are Galaxies Disk Shaped?

Andromeda Galaxy

This is M31 or most commonly known as the Andromeda Galaxy, Credit: unsplash.com/Bryan Goff We’ve all seen a picture of a galaxy. It’s a big, spinning disk with spiraling arms that wrap around a bright core. Why are galaxies so flat and disk-shaped? You would be right to think that

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This is M31 or most commonly known as the Andromeda Galaxy, Credit: unsplash.com/Bryan Goff We’ve all seen a picture of a galaxy. It’s a big, spinning disk with spiraling arms that wrap around a bright core. Why are galaxies so flat and disk-shaped? You would be right to think that

A Fight for Power: The History of Batteries

Batteries come in a variety of shapes and sizes

Batteries come in various sizes, shapes, and types, from the tiny batteries inside hearing aids to massive ones connected to the grid. Batteries are designed and used for a dizzying array of tasks! With this amount of variety, even choosing the right batteries at the store can be confusing! Batteries

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Batteries come in various sizes, shapes, and types, from the tiny batteries inside hearing aids to massive ones connected to the grid. Batteries are designed and used for a dizzying array of tasks! With this amount of variety, even choosing the right batteries at the store can be confusing! Batteries

Is Mushroom A Vegetable?

Mushrooms – The history, anatomy, and usage of a living thing that is everywhere!

Example of mushrooms in folklore, where mushrooms are often used as houses for fairies or gnomes

Table of Contents They are Fungi! (Fungus) Although we often eat and see mushrooms, they belong a separate category of living things. Plants are characterized by using photosynthesis to produce energy. Animals are defined by their ability to move and eat living matter to produce energy. Fungi do not do

Is Mushroom A Vegetable?

Mushrooms – The history, anatomy, and usage of a living thing that is everywhere!

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Table of Contents They are Fungi! (Fungus) Although we often eat and see mushrooms, they belong a separate category of living things. Plants are characterized by using photosynthesis to produce energy. Animals are defined by their ability to move and eat living matter to produce energy. Fungi do not do

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

The regular, repeating pattern of hexagons

Table of Contents Learn about the surprising mix of math and nature A fractal is nothing but an infinitely repeating pattern. Imagine a triangle. Each triangle is part of a larger triangle which is part of a larger triangle… and so on. A fractal pattern is made up of these

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

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Table of Contents Learn about the surprising mix of math and nature A fractal is nothing but an infinitely repeating pattern. Imagine a triangle. Each triangle is part of a larger triangle which is part of a larger triangle… and so on. A fractal pattern is made up of these

Why Is Mental Health Important?

Recovery from mental illness involves a community! You are not alone

Do you remember the last time you weren’t feeling well? Maybe you scraped your knee, had a nasty stomach bug, or even caught the dreaded coronavirus! After a few days, when your body fights hard, you make your way to recovery! Sometimes it’s simple to tell when you fall sick.

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Do you remember the last time you weren’t feeling well? Maybe you scraped your knee, had a nasty stomach bug, or even caught the dreaded coronavirus! After a few days, when your body fights hard, you make your way to recovery! Sometimes it’s simple to tell when you fall sick.

Hungry Venus Flytraps Snap Shut on a Host of Unfortunate Flies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eQKSf0LmY Carnivorous plants can be thought of as mavericks of the plant kingdom. When faced with limited resources, these botanical marvels tend to bend the rules to come up with clever solutions! There are over 800 species of predatory plants all over the globe!    Many carnivorous plants, like the

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eQKSf0LmY Carnivorous plants can be thought of as mavericks of the plant kingdom. When faced with limited resources, these botanical marvels tend to bend the rules to come up with clever solutions! There are over 800 species of predatory plants all over the globe!    Many carnivorous plants, like the

When Were Horses Domesticated?

Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota

Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota, Credit: Wikimedia/François Marchal The lives of horses and humans have been interwoven for millennia. Since at least 2,000 B.C.E. horses have had a fond place within human culture, from transport and racing to warfare!

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Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota, Credit: Wikimedia/François Marchal The lives of horses and humans have been interwoven for millennia. Since at least 2,000 B.C.E. horses have had a fond place within human culture, from transport and racing to warfare!

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