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This Summer is One of Worst Fire Seasons in Colorado - The Science Behind the Wildfire

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Each year, an average of more than 75,000 wildfires burn an average of about 7 million acres of land in the United States. - U.S. Forest Service   We are in the midst of one of the worst fire seasons in Colorado…
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Can You Really Balance an Egg During the Equinox?

This is an encore posting of an article we ran in spring of 2010 about balancing an egg on the equinox.  The first day of spring and the vernal equinox is this week. The vernal equinox marks the start of spring, an autumnal equinox marks…
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11-11-11 - What Does it Mean?

By Blog Editor, Susan Wells Today is a day that only happens once a century. A day most of us will only see once in our lifetime. A day where many will get married, some will celebrate a birthday, maybe even an 11th birthday and some will wait…

The Science of Wildfires

It’s wildfire season and people across the country watch the conditions and the weather hoping their home will be spared. Areas with dense trees, grass, shrubs or other plant growth are more susceptible to wildfires, especially after a…
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Oil Settled to Bottom of Ocean After Gulf Oil Spill

The oil left behind from the Deep Horizon catastrophe on April 20, 2010 is still threatening the Gulf region's people, economy and environment. During the event, a total of 185 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf region. At a glance,…
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The Science of Earthquakes

Earthquakes have been in the news a lot recently. It’s scary for children to watch the news and see the mass destruction, death and rubble caused by a quick shaking of the earth. From the damage in Haiti to Chile and most recently in Turkey,…
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Science of Snowboarding in the Olympics

Believe it or not, snowboarding is a study in potential and kinetic energy.  The athletes who maximize both kinds of energy are the ones on the medal podium at the Vancouver Olympics. Twelve years ago, snowboarding made its debut as an Olympic…