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Surviving on Volcanic Gas

Discovery News reports that “Wisps of volcanic gas, rather than photosynthesis, may energize rare microbes eking out an existence on the Martian-like flanks of the tallest volcanoes in South America’s Atacama Desert. This newly discovered handful of bacteria, fungi and rudimentary organisms called archaea [roughly 80 micrometers, or 10-5 meters in diameter and 200-600 micrometers, [...]

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100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack

Discovery News recently reported on the discovery a 100-million-year-old spider attack in which both predator and prey are fossilized in amber: “The piece of amber, which contains 15 [10+01] intact strands of spider silk, provides the first fossil evidence of such an assault, the researchers said. It was excavated in a Burmese mine and dates [...]

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10/10

Happy Powers of Ten Day! In this universe of continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery, consider all that is around you on scales both large and small!

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Art.sy: An Art Genome Project

An art genome project called Art.sy went live on Monday.  Its mission is “to expose as many people as possible to art.” Art.sy explains that its “growing collection comprises 17,000+ [10+04] artworks by 3,000+ [10+03] artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates.  Art.sy works with 300+ [10+02] of the world’s leading [...]

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Exaggerating Facts by Powers of Ten

Last night’s Presidential Debate at the University of Denver led to a flurry of discussion about which of President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney’s statements were true, which were false, and which were simply exaggerated. The information below, from FactCheck.org, offers the break down on how Obama and Romney’s claims hold up.  FactCheck.org [...]

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Giant Blank House of Cards Community Project at ArtPrize

This year the Eames Office is participating in ArtPrize, a three-week-long art bonanza in Grand Rapids, Michigan that runs from September 19 through October 7, 2012.  As part of a two-phase community event, 10,000 (10+04) Eames Blank Giant House of Cards have been decorated, assembled and reassembled, inspiring both creativity and collaboration. On September 22, [...]

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Wildfires

Last year, 74,126 fires across the United States scorched roughly 8.7 million acres (or 10+11 square feet) of land.  That’s 119.9% higher than the average for all wildfires and acres burned.  While lightning caused just over 10,000 of the fires, almost 64,000 (10+04) of them were started by humans, according to FindTheData.org’s 2011 US Wildfire [...]

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Googolplex

The largest number with a word naming it is a “googolplex.” This is the equivalent of 10 to the power of a googol—or 10 to the power of 10100.   The term googol was coined in 1938 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner.  Kasner then extended the name to this larger [...]

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Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong died this past Saturday, August 25, at age 82.  The astronaut, who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was the first person to land on the moon. As commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Armstrong traveled 238,900 miles (10+05) to reach the 4.5 billion year-old satellite (10+09) on [...]

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The Smell of Fear

It turns out that the smell of fear is real.  A recent article in The New York Times addresses a new study on how the smell of fear effects “family dynamics behavior in Eurasian Rollers–spectacular Jay-sized birds…”  What scientists discovered only reinforces the growing evidence that animals–humans included–can smell each others’ fear.  The odor (which [...]

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