Interesting Facts About Giant Pandas

A giant panda is an adorable black and white giant bear, which is widely recognized as an endangered species. According to San Diego Kids (2012), this species is related to the bear family, due to the way it behaves like any other type of bear species in the wild. These bears are generally found living … Read more

Facts for Kids About the Planet Mercury

Are you working on a lesson plan about the planet Mercury? Are you searching for fun facts about our solar system? Are you needing information about Mercury for a science report? Here are a few fun facts about the planet Mercury. Mercury orbits around the sun four times as fast as the Earth does. All … Read more

Blue Ringed Octopus Facts

The blue-ringed octopus, hapalochlaena maculosa, is split into 10 different species. They can measure anywhere from 5 to inches long and weigh 0.92 ounces (26 grams). The blue-ringed octopus gets its name from the blue spots that appear whenever it becomes alarmed (their blood is also the same color). They have large heads, big eyes, … Read more

Interesting Facts About Uranus’s Ring System

Astronomers have recently been able to capture on film an event that only happens every forty-two years or so. The rings of the planet Uranus are now directly perpendicular to the Earth, allowing astronomers to catch a glimpse of the structures and patterns of the rings not normally available. The new pictures have also allowed … Read more

Arctic Fox Facts

Arctic foxes, alopex lagopus or vulpes lagopus, are the only native land mammals within their range. Their heads and bodies measure 1.5 to 3.5 feet (0.45 to 1.1. meters) in length, with their tails adding an additional 12 to 13.75 inches (30 to 35 centimeters). At shoulder height, they stand 9 to 12 inches (23 … Read more

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

Although it is certainly one of the most famous drawings in the world, most admirers of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous multi-limbed man are not even aware of what it is referred to or why. Based on the belief in a system of ratios used in antiquity for the construction of “perfect” buildings, this striking depiction … Read more

Where Do Hurricane Names Come From?

Since 1953, the National Hurricane Center has prepared a list of names for hurricanes and tropical storms each year. Until 1979, the lists were made up only of women’s names, but since then, the lists of names for hurricanes and tropical storms alternate between men’s names and women’s names. Currently, there are six lists of … Read more

West Indian Manatee Facts

The West Indian manatee, trichechus manatus, is related to both elephants and the hyrax. They measure around 10 feet (3 meters) long and weigh between 800 to 1200 pounds (363 to 544 kilograms) on average with females usually being larger than males. Their skin is usually gray in color, although many have brownish or greenish … Read more

Introduction to Scientific Glassblowing

I am a scientific glassblower. What is scientific glassblowing? Well, I’m writing because everyone I’ve met inevitably asks me that very question, with the exception of other glassblowers. Scientific glassblowing is the craft of fabricating scientific apparatus from hollow glass tubing and solid glass rod. Borosilicate (Pyrex) glass is the preferred medium for scientific applications. … Read more