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 …

Plant Eating Crocodiles!

It is widely understood that crocodiles are not to be messed with! One glance at their sharp teeth is enough to send their prey running. However, they weren’t always so vicious. In fact, scientists recently discovered that some ancient crocodiles were herbivores! This means that they mainly ate plants. While these ancient crocs were still robust …

Happy Shark Week!

Starting this Sunday, July 28th, Discovery Channel will be hosting its annual Shark Week extravaganza. This yearly event was initially started to promote conservation efforts and to shed light on common misconceptions about sharks! Sink your teeth into some of our favorite shark facts! Basic Facts Shark babies are called pups. Great White Shark pups are …

Why do the seasons change?

Fall is upon us and so the seasons change. But can you explain why the seasons change? It is surprising how many people cannot accurately explain the reasons why our seasons change every year. In a famous short video Harvard graduates demonstrated how even very educated people often don’t understand basic science. When dozens of …

Whoa . . . Did you feel it?

Did June 30th seem just a little longer than usual? Well, it actually was. It was exactly one second longer than a normal 24 hour day. If you were looking at the website for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where the official time for the United States is kept on June 30 at around …

Keeping it Cool with the Beautiful Blue Ocean

I think our Beautiful blue planet may have been mis-named. With over 70% of the Earth’s surface covered by water maybe we should have called it the planet “Ocean” (or Oceanus)? Either way it would probably have been more accurate. And as flat as the horizon may look in this picture of the Atlantic, these …