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How far away is the Moon?
Phil Plait wrote a nice blog on how far the Earth is from the Moon, the Sun, and the nearest star. In his blog he points to a 1.5 min. video that shows, to scale, how far the Moon really is from the Earth.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Be the Boss of Diabetes
Nutrition & Fitness writer
Your body breaks down food into a sugar called glucose. Your body’s cells get energy from glucose, but they need the hormone insulin to carry that glucose from your blood into the cell. Diabetes is a condition where the body either doesn’t make enough insulin, or the cells ignore insulin. Both cases make it hard for glucose to get into your body’s cells. Instead, it stays in the blood at high levels, and can lead to health problems.
The Joy of Stats with Professor Hans Rosling
Professor Hans Rosling enthusiastically starts off this one hour video lecture with, "Believe me! There's nothing boring about statistics! Especially today, when we can make the data SING!" This is an AWESOME and award-winning documentary on how statistics help us make sense of the world all around us. Enjoy!
Run the Great Wall Marathon with Christine!
Children Come First (CCF) is proud to sponsor Christine Gary as she runs marathons for charity on all seven continents. There’s a phrase in marathon running called “hitting the wall.” It’s when the body’s energy stores are depleted around mile 20 with 6 miles to go on an empty tank. For Christine’s next marathon, she’ll be hitting the wall in more ways than one. She’ll push past energy exhaustion and hit the wall, while ON the wall. The Great Wall of China.
The real zoo behind the movie "We Bought a Zoo"
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a zoo? Well, if you have seen the movie "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon then that gives you an idea of what it would be like. It's a wonderful movie and the best part is that it is based on a true story! It is the story of how the Mee family in England bought a zoo, renovated it, and still runs it. The name of the zoo is the Dartmoor Zoo.
Earth as Art
TheNASA Earth As Art collection features stunning images of Earth from five U.S. Earth-observing satellites. You can download the free NASA e-Book filled with beautiful images of the Earth as seen from space. An iPad App is also available.
Tasting the rainbow: ants multi-coloured abdomens show what they've been eating
Have you ever seen real ants with rainbow-colored abdomens? Mohamed Babu is a scientist living in Mysore, in South India, and he was able to make ants' abdomens turn different colors by feeding them different colored sugar drops. Click here to read the article written by a Daily Mail reporter in England. The article tells the whole story and has more pictures of the rainbow-colored ants.
How many types of bikes can you name?
Have you ever heard of "the walking machine"? The Bicycle Museum has posted a timeline with a quick history of bicycles. They also provide a page full of links to interesting bike-related sites. So...how many different types of bikes can you name? Before you watch the video, that is. :-)
More planets than stars found in the Milky Way
A while back we posted an article about the number of stars in the universe. More stars than grains of sand in the world mentioned the studies of Dr. Simon Driver, who has guessed at the number of stars we can see...and can only guess at the ones we're not seeing. On January 11th, three studies were published telling us that we actually could have more planets than stars in the Milky Way!
CCF Writer: An Online Writing Contest
Online Writing Contest
An online writing contest for both published and yet-to-be-published writers of all ages. You must use the "first line" we provide to write your story. Check out the RULES and submit your entry. Visit the CCF Contest Entries page to read past winning entries.
Criminal Penguins - Frozen Planet - BBC One
Watch how Adelie penguins build their nests in Antarctica. This BBC video shows us how some of "the most conniving little creatures on the planet" do it. The video clip is from the BBC's series Frozen Planet, and it's also available from amazon.com at Frozen Planet.
Taking the Purrfect Drink is all Physics to a Cat
Have you ever wondered why is it that a dog slobbers all over the place when it takes a drink whereas a cat does not? Well, wonder no more! Scientists have watched countless slow motion videos of cats drinking and have come up with the answer as to why is it that cats can take their drinks in such dainty manner...and it all has to do with Physics!
Harvard Researchers Illuminate Connections Among Brain Cells in Technicolor
Have you ever thought of brains as being beautiful? As scientists work to understand the neuron connections in the brain, they figured out a way to have these connections show up in various colors: "In 2007, Harvard scientists figured out how to combine fluorescent proteins to create an entire color palette, and then used it to make mouse neurons glow so they could be traced through the brain. The “Brainbow” technique has helped scientists follow neurons’ connections, which had been almost impossible to untangle." [ Visit Website ]