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Determining an Exoplanet

Check out this recent report from NASA on an exoplanet named Fomalhaut b, which orbits a 200-million-year-old star [10+08] called Fomalhaut, every 872 years [10+02]: “A second look at data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named [...]

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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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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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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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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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Surviving on Volcanic Gas

Discovery News reports that “Wisps of volcanic gas, rather than photosynthesis, may energize rare microbes eking out an existence on the Martian-like flanks of the tallest volcanoes in South America’s Atacama Desert. This newly discovered handful of bacteria, fungi and rudimentary organisms called archaea [roughly 80 micrometers, or 10-5 meters in diameter and 200-600 micrometers, [...]

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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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