Tag Archives: 10-to-plus05

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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Snow Crystals

A 2010 article in National Geographic News explores the idea that no two snowflakes are alike.  There are “10,000,000,000,000,000,000 [or 10+19] water molecules in a typical snow crystal,” and each one forms when a supercooled cloud droplet (roughly 10-05 meters in diameter) freezes.  While it’s true that each snow crystal sparkles in its own unique [...]

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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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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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10-to-minus04

We can consider the power 10-04 from various perspectives.  This power is: The width of a single human hair (100 micrometers or 10-04 meters) The energy of a cricket’s chirp (9 x 10-04 Joules) The amount of caffeine in your average cup of coffee (1.5 x 10-04 kg) The speed of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of [...]

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Your Morning Cup

My mother raised me to believe that coffee is the elixir of life. Apparently, the world is in agreement with her. According to coffee-statistics.com, as of 2011, coffee shops represent the largest growing segment of the restaurant business (they currently have an annual growth rate of 7%). Around 115 million bags of coffee are produced [...]

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46 (seconds, 3,000 bricks and 1 LEGO Face)

3,000 Bricks, 46 Seconds, 1 LEGO Face Powers of 10 project Build with… 1 brick (100) 10 bricks (10+1) 100 bricks (10+2) 1,000 bricks (10+3) How many bricks does LEGO produce every year? How many bricks are at a Legoland park? 10,000 bricks (10+4)? 100,000 bricks (10+5)? 1,000,000 bricks (10+6)?

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50 (states)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA For a powers of 10 project, you could pick a state and look at different powers of 10 like land area in square kilometers, largest cities, natural land formations like depths of lakes, or elevation of mountains. You could compare the census reports (every 10 years) of a few cities and [...]

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51 (years ago in Arts & Architecture magazine)

Fifty one years ago, Richard Neutra’s Arts & Architecture magazine was on the cutting edge of ideas in architecture like the development of the Case Study program. Today the art world converges on Venice every other year to see what exciting developments are happening in the world of art.  Art Biennale in Venice will be [...]

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