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How do Blisters Form?

Exploring the world of blisters: Types, causes and prevention

Blister on the medial arch of a foot caused by wearing flip flops. Credit: Wikimedia/Frazzmatazz Blisters, those little bubbles of fluid that can form on our skin, can be a pain, literally! But have you ever wondered how they form and why they appear in certain areas of our body? Well, get ready to pop …

How do Blisters Form?

Exploring the world of blisters: Types, causes and prevention

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A nineteenth century pair of glasses

How do Glasses Work?

Glasses are worn by people in every corner of the world. Learn about how these seemingly magical pieces of glass let people see

About 79% of the American population needs a form of visual aid. This can include prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or laser corrective surgery. Of these 198 million people, a majority of about 84% use eyeglasses! This proportion increases as people get older, and most senior citizens use some form of vision aid. The spectacular invention …

How do Glasses Work?

Glasses are worn by people in every corner of the world. Learn about how these seemingly magical pieces of glass let people see

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Morning Glory clouds snaking barely some hundred meters from the ground

Weird Weather Phenomena

1. Volcanic lightning A huge, bright flash of lightning’s branched electric show is a sight worth seeing . Lightning is caused by an accumulation of static charges in clouds. As you might have guessed, volcanic lightning occurs during a volcanic eruption, and is a rare sight. Volcanic lightning occurs in the smoke, dirt, and bits …

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A large solar power park in Serpa, Portugal

How Does a Solar Panel Work?

Sunlight to electricity? How does a conversion like that take place?

Solar panels are the most well-known source of renewable energy. But how do they work, exactly? Table of Contents What do solar panels do? When most people imagine solar power, they think of giant fields of solar panels, each taking energy from the Sun. This is the most common use of solar panels, but it …

How Does a Solar Panel Work?

Sunlight to electricity? How does a conversion like that take place?

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Example of aurora borealis in the Arctic

Solar Flares – Can They Harm Humans? Effects of Solar Flares on Humans

Table of Contents Carrington Event Imagine this: it is a brisk September fall in Colorado, 1859. You are a gold miner, working deep in the mines resting in a warm tent, hiding from the Rocky Mountain weather. Suddenly – a magnificent glow appears outside your tent, brightening the sky despite it being the middle of …

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The regular, repeating pattern of hexagons

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

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 smaller patterns, each of which …

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

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A commercial plane flying in the sky

How High Can Planes Fly?

Since the Wright brothers invented the first airplane, the plane has truly taken off in terms of its usefulness. But how high are planes capable of flying? Table of Contents Introduction Planes are an incredible feat of engineering. Since their invention by the Wright brothers in 1903, planes have changed how humans cross the lands …

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Watershed of the Enguri River, Georgia in Eastern Europe

What Are Watersheds? Why are They Important to You and Your Family?

Steps You Can Take to Protect Water

Drip. Drip. Tiny drops of cleaning fluid drip into a stream from a factory pipe. As the stream meanders through a watershed, it’ll empty into a larger river and eventually reach the ocean. This chemical traveled through a watershed and is contaminating the water along the way . But what is a watershed, and why should …

What Are Watersheds? Why are They Important to You and Your Family?

Steps You Can Take to Protect Water

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

What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

From Pangea and Gondwana to Africa and Australia—how and why does the world keep changing?   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 seem to fit together. Why is this the case? Table …

What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics?

Our familiar continents didn’t always exist!

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