Tag Archives: 10-to-plus09

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The history of Valentine’s Day stems from both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. The day we celebrate today, on February 14, likely takes its name from a priest named Valentine, martyred around 270 AD (10+03 years ago) by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, Encyclopedia Britannica explains, “…the priest signed a letter to his [...]

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Government Shutdown

We are only beginning to determine the damage caused by the government shutdown that just ended. According the NBC News: “The loss of government services during the three-week shutdown will take a roughly $3.1 billion bite [10+9] out of gross domestic product, according to economists at IHS Global Insight. That represents just the hit from [...]

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The Love Competition

Radiolab Blogland recently introduced a short documentary called The Love Competition by Brent Hoff.  The film features seven strangers who each spend five minutes in an fMRI machine with a single, abstract task at hand: to “love someone as hard as they can.”  The person who exhibits the highest level of activity in the regions [...]

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Top Art Auction Sale

According to Forbes Magazine, in May of 2012, a new art record was set “…when Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ sold at Sotheby’s New York for $119.9 million [10+08]. It became the most expensive art work ever sold at auction, easily trouncing the reigning champ Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nude Green Leaves and Bust,’ which sold at Christie’s [...]

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Pepõn

From Jack-o-lanterns to decorative gourds to pumpkin pies, it’s clear that fall is here. Below are a few fun facts about pumpkins: -  The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word Pepõn, which means large melon. -  According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, in 2011, “pumpkins were harvested from 47,300 acres [10+04] from the [...]

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Hurricane Sandy in Powers of Ten

Hurricane Sandy has already taken its toll on much of the East Coast, and the storm isn’t over yet. The Huffington Post offers the latest news: “At least 30 people [10+01] were reported killed in eight states along the eastern seaboard by Sandy, which dropped just below hurricane status before making landfall on Monday night [...]

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Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong died this past Saturday, August 25, at age 82.  The astronaut, who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was the first person to land on the moon. As commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Armstrong traveled 238,900 miles (10+05) to reach the 4.5 billion year-old satellite (10+09) on [...]

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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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Saturn’s Rings

Saturn’s rings are 500,000 miles (10+05) or 2,640,000,000 feet (10+09) in circumference but only about one foot thick. Learn more about Saturn at SpaceFacts.net

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Messier 9

“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 [10+05] individual stars shining in it. Messier 9, [...]

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