Your heavy, trout-like eyes

By sheiler

Hey!  Wear a pair of these glasses and people might say, “Hello, Fishstick Face!” and it will be a good thing. Erik de Laurens, a designer, has invented a way to compress fish scales, (scales meaning the skin of dead fish and not the thing you use to weigh overweight sealife with)…

The art of sand and sun

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The desert might not be the ideal place to live and work for most people because, well, it’s a desert.  No offense to the Bedoin people. Lots of sun and endless sand are two things that prevent most people from saying, “Let’s go have dinner with the Sahara,” or even, “I build widgets in my …

Contest! You know that turtle you’ve always wanted to draw?

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I’m re-posting this so that it stands out on its own.  The Department of Environmental Protection in Connecticut is having an art contest for kids!  You don’t even have to live in Connecticut to enter the contest! All children from kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to enter an original drawing, painting, or sketch of …

You might not see a single thing around you. You’re not alone.

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The You Tube(r) video Once Upon a Tide presents a different kind of fairy tale. Listening to the sound a seashell makes, a real living girl enters into a sad and beautiful cartoon world of the ocean.  The storyteller in the video says, “you might find it hard to believe but I assure you it’s …

If Germs could sing

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  Germs, sometimes known as Bacteria, are alive, but you can’t see them.  Bacteria are groups of tiny organisms that have only one cell.  They are on the ground, in the air, on your shoelaces, the handle to the refrigerator, the tip of your nose.  They are all around us. Some bacteria can cause diseases …

Dinner’s on me… A slug from the sea

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Its scientific/Latin name is Elysia chlorotica, but this Slug from the Sea has been called many other things.  Scientists are excitedly clapping their hands together about the SOLAR POWERED SEA SLUG!  The Kleptomaniac sea slug!  The HALF PLANT HALF ANIMAL! Elysia chlorotica look like leaves but are actually animals.  When they eat algae for breakfast …

Solid, liquid, elephant, iguana

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When scientists talk about ‘changing states’ they do not mean moving from Iowa to Kentucky, or New York to Philadelphia. They do not mean the state of an elephant versus the state of an iguana. Click the link below to play a game to learn more about changing states. Can you cool water down and …

These paws are made for walking

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Not only does Professor Blue have a blog, she also has a dog. First, we shall refer to the dog as Mr. The Dog. What does this dog do? sighs and pouts eats things he shouldn’t ‘marks territory’ sniffs everything prefers eating pizza nibbles on the ears of his best dog friends howls sometimes (he …

Special mud pie… it’s alive! And it eats plastic

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A teenager named Daniel Burd discovered a way to make plastic bags decompose quickly by mixing yeast, mud and water together to grow the bag-eating microbes. Hey! This is a very special mud pie. Or mud shake (depending on how much water he added). This is very important because plastic bags are a huge problem. …