Tag Archives: 10-to-minus09

Thanksgiving Cider

Thanksgiving is here! Enjoy the warmth of family, friends, and apple cider. A Powers of Ten recipe is below: 8 – 10 apples According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, as of 2010, worldwide apple production reached over 69 million metric tons (10+07), or 10+10 kilograms.  Out of the top 15 (10+01) [...]

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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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Understanding the Nanoscale

Nobel Laureates Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig who created the scanning tunneling microscope and won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986. Gadolinium on Niobium The upper image is a topograph of three gadolinium atoms on a niobium surface. The lower image is a simultaneously acquired map of the conductance in the sample. Courtesy: IBM [...]

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80 (Beats at Discover Magazine)

80 Beats/Discover Magazine is an online blog of some exciting, unexpected developments in science including observations of wildlife and articles from science journals.  For example, I just learned that some dolphins protect their snouts with sponges when seeking fish in rocky areas.  And in order to stop blood-sucking, disease carrying mosquitoes, one solution being researched [...]

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92 (nanometers)

“What’s a nano?  Think small, very, very small, a billionth of a meter small. Comparing a nano to a meter is like comparing a marble to the Earth.” Health Building News .000000001 = 10-9 = 1.0 X 10-9 = 1/1,000,000,000 meter = 1 nanometer In this tiny world, nanometers measure atoms and molecules. For example, [...]

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(1/) 93

1/93 = .0107526 That is a small number but in the world of nanotechnology it would be a giant! Yesterday’s blog was about the idea of exploring outer space – ever bigger powers of 10.  Now the pendulum will swing the other direction.  Tomorrow’s blog will be about exploring the tiny world of nanotechnology – [...]

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Giant Steps in Nanotechnology

Looking over PEN (Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) website, one immediately notices that in less than 5 years, some products have already become obsolete/archived and replaced with updated versions.  Thinking about possible applications of the discoveries in nanotechnology offer a wealth of possibilities.  A science fiction writing class could find the list very inspirational.  Here is [...]

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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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Finding Powers of 10 in a magazine

Picked up the June, 2010 issue of Wired magazine to read the cover article about Pixar which has received over 20 Oscars. (10+1)  Toy Story 3 took just over 1,000 days to complete from idea to finished film. (10+3)  To complete one of the more complicated scenes like the finale, one frame would take over [...]

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