Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Mighty Ant

Check out these intriguing facts about ants from the Science Channel: “Ants [each 10-01 ] move an estimated 50 tons [99,790 or 10+04 pounds] of soil per year in one square mile!” “Ant queens only need to have sex once in their entire lifespan.  The sperm received stays in them for as long as ten [...]

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The Super Ball

In 1965, Charles Eames said, “Among the great and elegant design exceptions is a toy produced this year that has swept the country.  What is it? A small bouncing ball—the Super Ball.” Chemical engineer Norm Stingley created the Super Ball from a material called Zectron, a synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene that includes hydrated silica, zinc [...]

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The Smaller the Spider the Larger its Brain

New research indicates that the smaller the spider, the larger its brain.  William Eberhard, a biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Costa Rica, recently studied nine species of spiders in which the largest weighed 400,000 times (10+05) as much as the smallest.  He found that in the tiniest spiders, “…the central nervous systems [...]

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India’s Push for Solar Power

India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants by integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  Azure Power is providing clean, solar-generated electricity to a state-government electric utility.  The city of Khadoda, for example, has blanketed 63-acres of land with 36,000 (10+04) solar panels, each of which must be dusted by [...]

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