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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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Giant Bubbles Popping in Slow Motion via The Slow Mo Guys

We’re pretty fond of those nutty Slow Mo Guys (except when they did that dumb mouse trap thing) and are thrilled to share their latest vid with you. In this video Gav and Dan introduce you to the mesmerizing and very colorful world of [...]
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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Cammie McGovern‘s young adult novel Say What You Will is finding itself on many summer reading lists. The synopsis: John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’sEleanor & Park in this beautifully written, [...]
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Ruby, the Orphaned Flying Fox

ZooBorns, one of our favorite websites of all time, has a great video up today featuring Ruby, a three week old orphaned Red Flying Fox bat. We have to admit we never thought of bats as particularly cuddly before we met Ruby, but she’s [...]
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The Ancient Art of Paper Marbling

Paper marbling is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and dropping color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transferring this pattern to paper. Scholars and historians can’t really agree on where (Middle East or [...]
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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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Retro TV — You Can’t Do That On Television

Imagine a TV show where kids are executed by South American firing squads, held captive in Nazi dungeons, fed rat burgers and forced to endure a drunken father’s not-so-sober wisdom. Top that off with buckets of green slime dumped on their [...]
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What’s Cool About E-Cigarettes?

E-cigarettes contain nicotine which can be toxic and is a HIGHLY addictive substance. Nicotine is a tobacco product and “vaping” won’t prevent you from taking up smoking real cigarettes later on, in fact vaping may ease [...]
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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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Astronauts Play Football Aboard the ISS

As the World Cup 2014 begins — Astronauts Reid Weiseman, Steve Swanson, and Alexander Gerst will be cheering on their teams from some 230 miles above earth aboard the International Space Station. Oh, note near the end of the video you [...]
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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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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 [...]