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Honey Bees

Honey bees collect nectar and store it as honey to give them energy and keep their hives warm.  In the hottest months, a healthy hive has anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 bees (10+04).  Most bee colonies have one breeding female, the ‘queen’, a few thousand males, known as ‘drones’, and thousands and thousands of sterile [...]

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The Three Gorges Dam

China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest hydroelectric project.  Built from 30 million cubic meters of concrete (10+07), it stands 606 feet tall (10+02) and spans 1.5 miles across. While the Dam’s construction employed 60,000 workers (10+04), it also displaced 1.3 million people (10+06), leveled 1,350 towns (10+03) and destroyed [...]

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Powers of Ten Cookies = Love

Recipe for Giada de Laurentiis’ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies: 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, such as Ghiradelli, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 2 x 10+12 pounds of chocolate is produced worldwide each year. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature According to nutritiondata.com, one tablespoon of butter has 420 kilojules of energy—all from fat.  420 kilojoules is [...]

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Liar Liar

Consider this scenario: as you leave work one day, an annoying co-worker corners you and asks you out on a date.  As quickly as possible, you have to come up with an excuse for why you can’t go.  What would you say?  How quickly could you make up a story?  How convincing would it be?  [...]

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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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Memory Shift

According to Scientific American, “The human brain consists of about one billion neurons [10+09]. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections [10+03] to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections [10+12].  If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem.  You might have only a [...]

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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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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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