Tag Archives: 10-to-plus12

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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Exaggerating Facts by Powers of Ten

Last night’s Presidential Debate at the University of Denver led to a flurry of discussion about which of President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney’s statements were true, which were false, and which were simply exaggerated. The information below, from FactCheck.org, offers the break down on how Obama and Romney’s claims hold up.  FactCheck.org [...]

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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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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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Hyperinflation

Due to hyperinflation in the 1920s, one dollar was the equivalent of one trillion (10+12) German marks.  Learn more at pbs.org.

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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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(M) 59 (& M60)

M59 & M60, which are also known as Messier 59 and Messier 60, are two of four galaxies observed in the Virgo cluster.  Billions (10+12) of stars are in both elliptical galaxies – which are estimated to be about 55 – 60 million light years away (10+23) while the asteroids observed are in our solar [...]

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(10)66

Almost one thousand years (10+3) ago, Halley’s comet was seen shortly before the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  William of Normandy was the victor and crowned King of England.  The series of events that led to the success of the Norman invasion are recorded in the Bayeux Tapestry including Halley’s comet a billion kilometers (10+12) [...]

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(Expo) 67

How does a country celebrate its 100th birthday? It has a very big birthday party and hosts an international exposition. That’s what Canada did with Expo 67 which had over 50 million visitors (10+7) to Montreal, Quebec from April 28 to October 27, 1967. “The Theme of Expo 67 was inspired by the philosophy of [...]

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