Train Your Brain Day!

October 13th is Train Your Brain Day! Although there are some questions about the legitimacy of brain training games, there are lots of other ways to sharpen your cognitive abilities! Cognitive abilities are any conscious intellectual activity. The idea behind brain training is that just like physical exercise is important for physical health, mental exercise …

Venus Fly Traps

Venus Fly Traps Venus Fly Traps, or Dionaea Muscipula, are a carnivorous plant found in the subtropical wetlands of the United States. While these plants absorb nutrients from the soil and air, their main source of nutrients are insects and arachnids. Venus Fly Trap plants are widely known for trapping their prey inside their spiky …

Today in Physics History

September 27th, 1905 On this date in 1905, German physics journal Annalen der Physik published what would become one of the world’s most famous mathematical equations. This issue of the journal included Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”. Within this paper was the equation . While most …

Notable Neptune

Monday September 23 will be the 173 anniversary of the discovery of planet Neptune! It is the only planet found by mathematical predictions and not Empirical Observation. Empirical Observation happens when a discovery is made by observation or experience. This means that astronomers could not initially see Neptune. Instead, French astronomer Alexis Bouvard noticed a …

Goldfish (Not The Popular Snack Food)

Everyone is familiar with goldfish. Most of us have had them in our classrooms, offices, or even homes. They’ve even inspired one of America’s favorite snacks, but how much do you really know about them? Actually, there are a lot of misconceptions about goldfish. For example, they do not have a three second memory; it’s …

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Autumn is upon us once again! To celebrate, we’re exploring the science behind our favorite fall foliage. To understand what causes leaves to change color, we must first discuss what makes them green in the first place! Inside leaf cells, there is something called chloroplasts. Chloroplasts produce food for the leaves and serve as a …

National Honey Month

National Honey Month September is National Honey Month! This is a celebration of the beekeeping and honey industries. We observe this in September because this is the end of honey collecting season for most beekeepers. Keep reading to learn some facts about bees and how they make honey!   Quick Facts One beehive produces about …

Rainbow Clouds?

Circumhorizon Arcs Have you ever seen a cloud that looked like a rainbow? You might have seen a circumhorizon arc! Some people call circumhorizon arcs “Fire Clouds” but that name is very misleading because they have nothing to do with fire. The conditions have to be just right for circumhorizon arcs to appear. This optical …

Happy Birthday, Helium!

The discovery This Sunday, the element Helium celebrates its 151st birthday! Well, sort of. On August 18th, 1868, French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen discovered the existence of Helium. He just didn’t know that’s what it was. Janssen was in Guntur, India to observe a total solar eclipse. During the eclipse, he noticed a bright …

Book Lovers Day!

Happy Book Lovers Day! To celebrate, we’re featuring some of our favorite science books for kids! Let us know in the comments what your favorite books are. Diary of a Time Traveler  Written by David Long & Illustrated by Nicholas Stevenson In Diary of a Time Traveler, Augustus is given a magic diary that allows him to …