Tag Archives: 10-to-minus03

The Risk of Antibacterial Additives

You may not have heard of triclosan before, but the chemical is all around you. A recent Smithsonian article explains that “The antibacterial substance, which was first developed in the 1960s to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals, has since been incorporated into everything from hand soaps to toothpastes to mouthwashes. Manufacturers see it as a marketing bonus, [...]

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Skin

Here are a few facts you might not know about your skin. . . Skin is your body’s largest organ. Globally, dead skin accounts for about a billion tons (10+09) or 1 trillion pounds (10+12) of dust in the atmosphere. Your skin sheds 50,000 cells every minute— that’s 72,000,000 cells (10+07) each day and 26,280,000,000 [...]

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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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(Atomic Number:) 52

Name:  Tellurium Atomic Number: 52 Symbol: Te Unusual fact:  Humans exposed to as little as 0.01 mg m-3 in air, or less, develop “tellurium breath”, which has a garlic-like odour. Periodic Table of Elements

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A Powers of Ten of Wine

Here’s an excerpt from a new film we did exploring the concept of Powers of Ten Thinking. The idea was to look at one topic–Wine–from various orders of magnitude. The complete film will soon be online, but this excerpt connects the spatial journey to many different ideas and dimensions of wine. It features conversation with [...]

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Finding Powers of 10 in 10 random topics…

Many of us worry about things that we can’t see with the naked eye because they seem so abstract that they are hard to comprehend. Thinking about these 10 random topics at different powers of 10 helps give one a starting point. – cloning using DNA (10-9) of sheep (100), flowers (10-2), or ants (10-3) [...]

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  • Countdown to Powers of Ten Day

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