Any Other Obvious Conclusions?

Some time ago I read an article entitled, “Maybe an Asteroid Didn’t Kill the Dinosaurs” by Jeffrey Kluger. Here is a little excerpt: “When a scientific principle is common knowledge even in grammar school, you know it has long since crossed the line from theory to established fact. That’s the case with dinosaur extinction. Some…

Snowflakes

Simple, yet ridiculously intricate. Snowflakes are easy to overlook. As a kid, I use to watch the snowflakes land on my glove as I looked with fascination at their complexity. As an adult, I’m baffled as to why water would take such an extraordinary shape. A snowflake is formed when water vapor freezes. But still,…

When Textbooks Get It Wrong

It all started when Coby Burren, a young ninth grade student, sent his mom a picture of the textbook his class was studying. The photo showed a map of a part of the United States. A box off to the side of this map about the Atlantic Slave Trade labeled the Africans who came over…

The Butterfly

For thousands of years people have been charmed by the beauty and elegance of the butterfly. Even more so, cultures have been inspired by its incredible metamorphosis. There are about 20,000 different species of butterfly in the world ranging in size and color. One of the most famous is the monarch butterfly. While most butterflies…

The Katydid Bug

Some of the coolest bugs are the masters of disguise, the ones with awesome camouflage. One of the best is the katydid bug. We could walk right by these bugs and never actually find them. The katydid bug’s camouflage is extremely detailed. They don’t just have the shape and color of leaves though; they grow…

The Duckbilled Platypus

If you listed off your top three favorite animals, chances are pretty good the duckbilled platypus wouldn’t make the cut. In fact, it might not even make the top fifty. Despite its lack of popularity, the duckbilled platypus is a pretty incredible animal. Here’s why: How It Eats. A duckbilled platypus enjoys tasty meals like…