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A Little About — Giant Sloths

While your every day garden variety sloth is quite in vogue right now, we’re going back 10,000 years to talk about the really, really big ones. The giant ground sloth was one of the enormous creatures that thrived during the ice ages. [...]
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The Science Behind
How Swings Work

One of our favorite YouTube channels, Sixty Symbols, has uploaded a video explaining  how swings work and how you can get them to keep on swinging. It’s something our bodies know how to do almost instinctively, but Professor Roger Bowley [...]
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Websites We (Really) Like —
Geek Gurl Diaries

Geek Gurl Diaries is a YouTube web series for teenagers who want to be makers and creators of technology. From the Geek Gurl Diaries “about” page: “Like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, Programming, Computer Science, Logic, [...]
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Spiders Tune their Webs Like
Guitar Strings

Thanks to NPR’s Skunkbear Tumbler site, we found this fun, short video showing how spiders tune the silk threads of their webs like guitar strings. They then use the distinct vibrational frequencies to help them locate meals and mates. [...]
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What’s the Deal with Ketchup?

Here’s a great video from TEDed explaining how weird ketchup’s behavior is and why it’s so hard to pour. It doesn’t mention it, but the video also explains why, when we squeeze out ketchup we often get that watery stuff [...]
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The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals

SciShow’s Hank Green explains that most electroreceptive animals use their electricity for good, that is, they use it simply to navigate their surroundings. But wait, there’s more: If you’re 13 or over be sure to subscribe [...]
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LA Times YA Summer Reading Guide

  In continuing our lists of summer reading lists, we’re happy to share with you the Los Angeles Times’ Summer Reading Guide for Young Adults. The list consists of only twelve books which are not even released yet, but they are [...]
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The Scoop to a Better Poop

Okay, this is an odd subject, but hey, someone’s got to talk about it! Constipation isn’t uncommon in modern kids and teens but it is bothersome. It can also be painful and sometimes embarrassing. The good news is it’s an [...]
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World Oceans Day is Sunday June 8th

This Sunday, on World Oceans Day, people around the planet will celebrate and honor the body of water that links all of us, for its beauty and bounty. The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network have promoted and coordinated this growing [...]
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NASA’s Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ Mosaic

On Earth Day this year, NASA asked people all around the world a simple question – “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” From NASA: We asked people to answer the question on social media, with a selfie. The goal was to use each picture [...]
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Vintage Cartoon — Beany & Cecil

Beany and Cecil was an animated cartoon series created by Bob Clampett which first aired in 1959. The show featured Beany Boy who wears a propeller beanie that allows him to fly, and Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, a large green sea [...]
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Invasion of the Yellow Crazy Ants via Minute Earth

Minute Earth has just released a new video explaining how some invasive species of plants and animals have wrecked havoc on our eco system, and what we can do to stop it, or slow it down. If you’re over 13 be sure to subscribe to Minute [...]
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Sea Salt Cubes in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a giant, super-saline lake at the lowest spot on Earth. And its beaches appear to be pebbled with perfect little cubes of salt.  From Science Alert: These cubes form because of the geometry of the salt’s chemical bonds [...]
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The Amazing Discovery of Richard III’s Remains

Richard III, who ruled England from 1483 to 1485, was the last British king to die on the battlefield and until recently no one knew where he was buried. A group of Richard III devotees called The Richard III Society felt that he was getting [...]