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Stonehenge: One of the Biggest Henges in the World!*

Stonehenge was built in Salisbury Plain between 3100 – 1100 BCE. Commonly known as a site of ritualistic activity, it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that archaeologists realized that Stonehenge also served as an astronomical observatory. According to Sacred Sites, “In the 1950s and 1960s, the Oxford University engineer Professor Alexander Thom and the [...]

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Black Spidery things on Mars

Radiolab Blogland recently posted the piece below titled “Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe).” Read on! “You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface—looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly [...]

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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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100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack

Discovery News recently reported on the discovery a 100-million-year-old spider attack in which both predator and prey are fossilized in amber: “The piece of amber, which contains 15 [10+01] intact strands of spider silk, provides the first fossil evidence of such an assault, the researchers said. It was excavated in a Burmese mine and dates [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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Boo.

It’s Halloween.  That means it’s time for zombies, vampires, and a caloric intake that will frighten the pants off of just about anyone. Today, a CNN article stated that the average child consumes as many as 7,000 calories (10+03) on Halloween night.  Each little princess or pirate expends 10+04 joules of energy to metabolize a [...]

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