Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers

Not all glasses are created equal when viewing the solar eclipse. Make sure you are buying from a reputable vendor because Eye Safety is extremely important when viewing the Sun. American Astronomical Society has come up with a list of tested and approved vendors for viewing the eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Before using any…

Time to Blow Your Kid’s Mind!

Sometimes it is a good idea to step away from our daily grind and get a bit of perspective on things. If we pay attention, nature has a way of resetting our minds and our spirits. Have a look at this spectacular video from Nature on the structure of our Universe. Brent Tully, an astronomer at…

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society team up again for the Great Backyard Bird Count, an online real-time citizen-science project to gather data on wild birds. What better way to get your kids into nature, or just your backyard, and contribute to a worldwide science project?   Spend 15 minutes for one or more…

Stanford Studies the Complexity of Flight

ARVE “To test three popular models that predict the lift generated by flying animals, Stanford researchers trained birds to wear safety goggles and fly through a laser sheet.” Stanford Other great videos about birds: Lovebirds keep their eye inline, Wind tunnels for birds and drones Feature photo courtesy of Pixabay  

Dark vs Light

With so much discussion about climate change, I decided to devise a fun and educational experiment that can show kids the difference between air temperatures on a planet taken in the open ocean and on ice caps, like the Arctic and Antarctica.  We started with a few simple tools: a large glass bowl to represent the…

The Future of Exploration

Lying one hundred meters at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea is the flagship of King Louis XIV, La Lune. A robot called OceanOne swims its maiden voyage toward the wreckage below, aided by a haptic feedback system with his human pilot, Oussama Khatib, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, on board a boat far…

What’s That Sound?!?!

Accidental cooperation of cicadas emerging out of the ground at the same time allows this insect a unique advantage. Some species arrive every spring, like those in the Sonoran Desert, but others emerge on a ‘prime’ cycle every 13 or 17 years. Can you imagine sleeping underground for that long? No, neither can I, but it may be advantageous…