The Science Behind Why Your Fingers and Toes Get Pruney

By Blog Editor Susan Wells I recently spent some quality time soaking in the hot springs pool in Salida, Colorado. After sitting there relaxing and watching the kids play, I noticed my fingers and toes were really pruney. It made me start wondering…

The Science Behind Sinkholes

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Jeff Bush, 36, was killed last Thursday when a sinkhole opened up under his house and engulfed him and his bedroom in Seffner, Florida. Authorities began demolishing the house to get a look at the sinkhole. The house…
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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…

The Science Behind Snowflakes

By Blog Editor Susan Wells We've gone from sub-zero temperatures to almost 60 degrees this week in Denver. Even though the spring-like temps have brought us out of the icebox, we are spending some time on the science behind snowflakes. Snowflakes…
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Instant Freeze - Water Turns to Ice in a Flash

During the cold winter months, do you ever leave a bottle of water or soda in your car or garage overnight? What happens the next day when the drink is still liquid you twist off the cap and the drink instantly freezes! How does this work and…
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The Science Behind Cooking a Turkey

By Blog Editor Susan Wells The turkeys are all defrosting (or at least should be) and come bright and early Thursday morning, millions will be cooking in ovens across the United States. The turkey is the star of our Thanksgiving holiday, so…

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…

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.…
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The Science Behind Halloween Glowing Recipes

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Halloween is the time for glowing concoctions, decorations and science activities. Everything is better when it glows! Before we get into the experiments...first a quick science lesson on glow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEcCenyXVVw Luminescence Luminescence…
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Science of the Olympics – Designing a Fast Pool with NBC Learn

All swimming pools are alike, right? A concrete box filled with water and lane markers. Did you know the Olympic Aquatic Center in London was designed to be fast for the world’s best swimmers like gold medalists Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin?…