Monthly Archives: January 2015

Don’t Challenge a Locust to a Jumping Contest

Okay, so obviously a human is much bigger than a locust.  But what if we were the same size? A locust can jump about 15 times its own body length.  How about you? Like other insects, locusts have six legs. … Continue reading

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The Age Before iMacs

The first programmable digital computer was called ENIAC – the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator, and contained almost 18,000 vacuum tubes.  It cost $50,000 to build.  Women were the ones in charge of programming ENIAC:  Kay McNulty, Betty Jennings, Betty … Continue reading

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Chirp! Can You Hear Me Now?

A cricket’s ears are just below its knees.  There are openings in its exoskeleton that allow sound to pass through the cricket. They can listen to other crickets chirping, a sound made by rubbing their wings together.

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Venus is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system!  At about 800 degrees Fahrenheit and with clouds of sulfuric acid, we won’t be building our summer homes on Venus any time soon. image credit: NASA.

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The Largest Cave

The discovery of the Sarawak Chamber on the island of Borneo in 1981 knocked the Big Room in Carlsbad Caverns out of the record books. In terms of area, the Sarawak chamber is 600 meters long, 435 meters wide, and … Continue reading

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The Deepest Part of the Ocean

It’s cold, it’s dark, and we’re not entirely sure what lives there!  The Mariana Trench, at 35,813 feet below the surface of the water, is the deepest part of the ocean.  The trench is there because it’s the border of … Continue reading

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How Big is Your Brain?

The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 lb. 1.1 oz. (2.3 kg.)  In contrast, the average human brain is more likely to weigh about three pounds.  Fortunately, there does not seem to be a correlation between the weight of … Continue reading

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