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Not the Beatles, the Beetles

Beetles make up about 40% of known insects, with approximately 400,000 species.  Some scientists estimate that the known species may be as small as 5% of all actual existing species.  New ones are being discovered all the time!  Beetles are … Continue reading

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Energy Consumers

Yes, the U.S. uses about 1/4 of the world’s power, which is kind of sad, considering we have less than 5% of the world’s population.  No wonder we need to explore renewable energy sources!  Most people get the majority of … Continue reading

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A Cricket Thermometer

How can a mating ritual tell you the temperature?  Ask a cricket! The timing of cricket chirps can tell you the outside temperature, and they are fairly accurate until it’s below around 55 degrees (crickets aren’t really active when it’s … Continue reading

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Driving On the Moon? Not So Fast or Furious

Yes, the land speed record on the Moon is a whopping 10.56 mph.  The three Lunar Roving Vehicles (LVH), which were built by Boeing, were sent up with the Apollo missions. Because no one was exactly sure how well the … Continue reading

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No Peanut Butter With This Jelly

It’s true–the longest jellyfish on record had tentacles that were 120 feet long.  The arctic jellyfish uses its long tentacles to sting its prey, immobilizing it.  It’s sure a lot easier to eat when your dinner isn’t swimming away from … Continue reading

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Better Than a Starry Sky

Starfish aren’t actually fish at all, so a better name for them is “sea star”.  These echinoderms are found in both deep and shallow ocean water all over the world, especially in rocky places and coral reefs. They use the … Continue reading

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Losing Your Heat

How much heat is lost through your head?  Growing up, many of us were told we had better wear our hats, because most of the heat we would lose is through our heads.  While the head does has a lot … Continue reading

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