What are X-Rays?

This week in science history:  The x-ray was first exhibited on January 18th, 1896. If you’ve ever broken or fractured a bone, you’ve probably had an x-ray taken! These machines, invented by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, allow doctors to see inside your body to better understand a variety of health problems.X-rays are similar to visual …

The Science of Fireworks

Every New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes midnight, fireworks are set off all across the globe! Today, we’re discussing the science behind fireworks! These colorful light displays require a fuel, an oxidizer, and a chemical mixture. When the firework comes in contact with fire, the oxidizer breaks reacts with the fuel, which then releases …

December 27th, 1831

Today In Science History: English scientist Charles Darwin began his journey on the HMS Beagle, which would last around 5 years. This voyage allowed Darwin to study nature and observe evidence that lead to his theory of evolution! The Beagle journeyed to the Galapagos Islands where Darwin studied creatures such as mockingbirds and tortoises. Darwin …

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet? Cats are incredibly agile creatures, but even still, it’s always surprising to see them land on their feet after jumping from high surfaces.  Even from great heights, cats manage to land gracefully on their feet! How is it possible? Righting Reflex Cats have a righting reflex, which …

The Great Barrier Reef!

Just How Great Is It? The Great Barrier Reef is actually a collection of reefs! There are 2,900 of them and 900 islands within the Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest coral reef system. To put that in perspective, it is about half the size of the state of Texas! The Great Barrier …

Plate Tectonics

Did you know that Hawaii is moving about 3-4 inches closer to Japan every year? This is because of a scientific theory called Tectonic Plates!  What are tectonic plates? Tectonic Plates are segments of the Earth’s lithosphere (which is made up of Earth’s crust and upper mantle).  According to the theory of Plate Tectonics, there …

The Other Mole Day!

The Other Mole This Wednesday was Mole day, a chemistry holiday that celebrates the scientific mole. Today, however, we are celebrating the another type of mole! Moles are small mammals that have adapted to digging and living underground. They have round bodies, soft fur, and hard to detect eyes and ears. Moles are known for …