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Eggceptional Eggs-periments – Dying Easter Eggs Naturally

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Go into any grocery store or department store this time of year and you will be bombarded by Easter egg dye kits. Most of these kits use vinegar and an artificial dye to color the shell of the egg. I know I'm not the only one who gets concerned when I crack open my Easter egg for [...]

Easter Science – Make a Naked Egg

Chicken eggs are strong. Take an egg and hold it in your hand horizontally. You will not be able to crush it. Hold it with the ends touching your fingers and your palm, and it may burst. Egg shells are incredibly strong. The egg shell contains calcium carbonate. At Eastertime, some people use vinegar to color eggs. The vinegar permeates the egg [...]

Incredible Growing Peeps – Easter Science

Every year the color, variety, even flavor of those sugary marshmallow Peeps seems to multiply... I have some theories about what happens on the grocery store shelves when no one is around, but that's another post for a different blog.  In the meantime, check out the video to see how you can torture some Peeps this Easter, just like we did.  [...]

Ultimate Science Vacations – Science at Sea Takes an Up Close Look at Alaska

For the third time, the Steve Spangler team and award-winning naturalists explored the inside passage of Alaska. The group, along with teachers and science enthusiasts boarded a Holland America cruise ship earlier this week for a special Science at Sea excursion. Alaska is known for its spectacular scenery, glaciers, mountains, untamed wilderness and vast wildlife populations. Science abounds in the largest U.S. [...]

Leprechaun Science Secrets – The Best Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

During the month of March, everything starts to turn green, and not just the grass and trees. It's leprechaun season. Time to catch a sneaky little devil who hides gold coins while wreaking havoc all over. For years, we have shared our secret for surprising the kiddos on St. Paddy's Day morning by turning all of the water green in your house. [...]

The Science Behind Denver's Brown Cloud

The bad air in Denver is notorious. It's so bad that it has a name - the Brown Cloud. Denver's location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains make it prone to temperature inversions in which warm air traps cooler air near the ground, preventing pollutants from rising into the atmosphere. What is a temperature inversion? Warm air is lighter than cold air. Hot [...]

The Science Behind Sandy – Why Superstorm Sandy Is Such a Super Storm

Superstorm Sandy has devastated the Eastern Seaboard. It is one of the largest hurricanes to hit the United States. It is also a freak of nature so to speak. How did Superstorm Sandy develop into the devastating storm? Many factors played parts into creating this massive, killer storm. Hurricanes form only in the tropics where extremely moist air and heat are concentrated [...]

The Science Behind Hurricanes

Twenty-seven people have died and President Obama has declared New York a major disaster zone as the Superstorm Sandy continues to move across and devastate the Northeast. Sandy is one of the largest hurricanes to ever strike the United States. The storm covers an area of more an 1,000 miles. The storm has gone from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane, back [...]

Candy Science – What's Inside a Piece of Candy?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells I don't always encourage my kids to play with their food, but sometimes it's necessary to see just what is inside. We went to the store. My girls don't get a lot of candy, except maybe at Halloween and Easter, so spending a little time in the candy aisle was a real treat. We decided to try out a [...]

Annular Solar Eclipse This Weekend – Share Your Photos With Us

By Blog Editor, Susan Wells Don't fear the werewolves and vampires this weekend. An annular eclipse will make it's way across the western United States. This Sunday, May 20th in the late afternoon, an annular eclipse of the sun will be visible to the United States and a narrow path across the northern Hemisphere. A partial eclipse will be visible in East Asia, [...]