Monthly Archives: November 2011

10-to-plus13

We can consider the power 10+13 from multiple perspectives.  A few of many examples are listed below: Surface area of Antarctica, Russia, Africa and the moon (14, 17, 30 and 38 megameters2 respectively) Total wealth (as of 2010) of the 10.9 million people in the world with $1 million or more of investable assets Diameter [...]

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Turkey Talk

National Geographic gives us food for thought on Thanksgiving: “Some 242 million turkeys [10+08] were raised in the U.S. in 2010 for slaughter, down 2 percent from 2009′s total, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last year’s birds were worth about U.S. $3.6 billion [10+09]. About 46 million turkeys will [...]

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Building the Analytical Engine

Researchers at the Science Museum in London plan to build a computer called the Analytical Engine, which was designed in 1830 by Charles Babbage, “the father of computing,” but never completed.  A recent article in the New York Times explores the challenges they face with this 10-year, multimillion-dollar endeavor (10+07). In 1991, the Museum replicated [...]

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The Gifted Eye

Thanks to Convery Optometrists for these interesting facts. Our eyes have more than 2 million working parts (10+06). The average person blinks 12 times per minute (10+01), which is about 10,000 times per day (10+04), and roughly 3,650,000 times each year (10+06). Our eyes can process 36,000 bits of information every hour (10+04), 864,000 bits [...]

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Asteroid Flyby

The largest asteroid since 1976 zipped past earth last Tuesday.  NASA says a similar occurrence won’t happen again until 2028. A recent article in The New York Times notes that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, headed towards us at 29,000 mph (10+04) and came within 202,000 miles of earth (10+05), which is “…just inside [...]

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The Green River

3.87×10+02 joules: the average kinetic energy it took for my friend to jump as high as he could into the Green River.  Utah, 2010 The Green River stretches 730 miles (10+02) across Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.  Its average yearly mean flow is 6,121 cubic feet per second (10+03), which is 193 billion cubic feet per [...]

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Workshop – Powers of the 10 year-olds!

HOUSE OF CARDS TOWER BY 5th GRADERS DETAILS

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Workshop – Creative Growth

IMAGES FROM A RECENT WORKSHOP AT CREATIVE GROWTH IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. SCALE LINES HOUSE OF CARDS

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Let’s Cozy Up—All 7 Billion of Us

China may abide by a “one-child” policy, but that hasn’t slowed down the rest of the world.  According to a recent  New York Times article, UN demographers announced that, as of November 1, there are 7 billion of us walking the globe (10+09). Overpopulation is in full force. It’s a vast world, but we’re bumping [...]

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