Monthly Archives: September 2011

26 (.2 miles or 41.2 kilometers)

Photo of marathon from FotoSearch ————————————————————— How long is a marathon? According to Marathon Training Expert… “The marathon is 26.2 miles or 41.2 kilometres in length and can take anywhere from 2 hours 4 minutes (Paul Tergat of Kenya) to 8 hours or more for some of the more unfit, older or less experienced runners…  Over [...]

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27 (million barrels a day by 2020)

World map from WorldAtlas “World oil is projected to increase from 76 million barrels per day in 2000 to 118.9 million barrels per day in 2020. U.S. demand is projected to reach 27 million barrels per day by 2020, 64 percent of which will have to be imported.” Click pbs.org for interesting facts about oil [...]

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28 (foot-tall 265-ton glacier)

Photo by Wallpaper Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld -  Fall/Winter 2010 Show at Paris Fashion Week “It took 35 ice sculptors, flown in from around the world, six days to carve the 28-foot-tall northern Swedish import into a tableau of floating ice caps on a glittering Arctic sea—in reality, a 5,300-square-meter box garnished with a thin layer [...]

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Remembering 9/11

Yesterday we remembered the nearly 3,000 people lost during the 9/11 attacks.  Over 10,000 people gathered at the 9/11 memorial site to reflect upon the tragedies of that day, and countless other services were held all around the world.  Even ten years later, the measure of grief and loss from this terrible event is a power of 10 so large it cannot be calculated.

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(Atomic number) 29 (Copper – Cu)

The name copper is derived from Latin word cuprium which refers to island of Cyprus where ore deposits were found thousands of years ago.  Common uses include coins, sculpture and conductor of electricity. Melting point     1083 Celsius Boiling point      2567 Celsius Copper has 29 electrons and 29 protons.  “In nature it has two isotopes, 63 [...]

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30 (,000 feet)

Boeing 747. Image Source: aerospaceweb.org That’s how high commercial jets fly!

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31 (million miles from Earth)

What does Earth look like from 31 million miles away (or 50,000 kilometers or 50,000,000 meters or 5 x 10+7 away like in Powers of Ten)? Below is part of  Astronomy Picture of the Day on 9/3/2008 (with the bonus of seeing the moon orbiting Earth)!! 2008 September 3 “On July 4th, 2005, the Deep [...]

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32 (hours and 7 minutes)

Cannonball run from New York to Los Angeles!   The journey by speeding car is 2,795 miles (or 4,498 kilometers).    The fastest time: 32 hours, 7 minutes, by David Diem and Doug Turner in 1983.  People are still trying to beat that record by using state of the art technology – GPS, radar jammers, radar, [...]

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10-to-minus04

We can consider the power 10-04 from various perspectives.  This power is: The width of a single human hair (100 micrometers or 10-04 meters) The energy of a cricket’s chirp (9 x 10-04 Joules) The amount of caffeine in your average cup of coffee (1.5 x 10-04 kg) The speed of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of [...]

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(Saturn’s) 33 (moons)

Up until about 5 or 10 years ago, it looked like Saturn had about 30 or so moons – see Space Today’s  Exploring Saturn from 2005. When the Cassini spacecraft which had been launched in 1997 began sending data back, all kinds of new discoveries were made including more moons.  Today over 62 moons have [...]

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