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Background Noise to Help you do Homework

Using background noise to help you focus on the task at hand may not work for everyone, but if you’re having trouble concentrating on homework due to the TV in the next room or a sibling talking loudly on the phone, it’s worth a [...]

The No. 1 Health Priority for Astronauts in Space is:

Besides eating and sleeping, what do astronauts spend more time doing in space than anything else? It’s exercise. Exercise is the number one health priority in space, said Don Hagan, director of exercise physiology at Johnson Space Center. [...]

Peanutty Sesame Noodles from ChopChop

It’s getting close to the time of year when a cold noodle salad is the perfect meal. We went to the ChopChop Magazine website to see what was on the menu and decided on “Peanutty Sesame Noodles.” We love this dish because of [...]

Ginny Potter Reports from Quidditch World Cup 2014

The Pottermore blog Insider has announced that Ginny Potter (Harry’s wife) is reporting the latest news of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup for the Daily Prophet. From the Insider: Visit the Daily Prophet offices in Diagon Alley, recently [...]

How Birds See the World

Birds see things brighter, clearer, and altogether better than we do. Find how how from the smart folks at the SciShow YouTube channel:

Drawing Easter Stuff with Shoo Rayner

If you’re gearing up to make Easter decorations or cards and need some inspiration, look no further than our friend, Shoo Rayner. He’s got a boat load of drawing videos dedicated to the Easter or Springtime theme. We’ve posted [...]

Captain America’s Shield

Captain America’s shield is a fictional item, the primary defensive and offensive piece of equipment used by the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America; he is seldom seen without it. Just because it’s fictional, it does not [...]

Frequently Asked Questions about Marine Life

We came across the “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page of The Northeast Fisheries Science Center and thought anyone with an interest in marine life might find it interesting. From the website: The Northeast Fisheries Science [...]

The Above World Trilogy by Jenn Reese

Horizon is the third and final adventure in the Above World series by Jenn Reese. Aluna and her friends finally face their most terrifying enemy. The Synopsis for Horizon: Aluna and Hoku, Kampii from the City of Shifting Tides, and their friends, [...]

Billy Collins (and a 3-year old) Read “Litany”

In honor of National Poetry Month we thought we’d share a poem by Billy Collins. We selected his poem “Litany” because we thought it might appeal to teen readers who may feel that poetry is, well, dull. Billy Collins is alive [...]
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Fun with Rube Goldberg Machines

A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression [...]

Are You Eight and a Half? Happy Film Birthday!

The 8½ Foundation (the brainchild of actor Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Mark Cousins) is a Scottish-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing world cinema to children. Its aim is to create a new birthday: a film birthday, [...]

Origami Crafts for Spring

We went in search of some origami crafts with a Springtime twist and came up a few fun examples: This adorable tulip card craft is easy to make and would make a great greeting card or table place card. Find easy instructions for it right here [...]

A Little About — Taiko Drumming

Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum (“shime”), to drums as large as a car (the “o-daiko”). The most common drum size in taiko is the “chu-daiko” [...]