Tag Archives: 10-to-plus10

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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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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Ancient Starlight

According to the New York Times, “Ancient starlight, emitted by the first stars in the universe, has been detected using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues report the finding in the current issue of the journal Science. Dr. Ajello conducted the research while [...]

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2012 Presidential Election: The Democratic Process

Last night America elected Barack Obama for a second term as President of the United States.  Over 118 million (10+10) people participated in this election by filling out their ballots and casting their votes. In his victory speech, President Obama addressed why politics and elections matter, saying: ”Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be [...]

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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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Sizing up the Moon

Universe Today offers a few fascinating ways to consider the size of the moon: “The volume of the Moon is 2.195 x 1010 km3 [almost 22 billion km3]. That sounds like a huge number, but it’s actually only 2% the volume of the Earth.  In other words, you could fit 50 moons inside the volume [...]

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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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  • Countdown to Powers of Ten Day

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