Science

April 6, 2020

Photographer Captures Stunning “Horizontal Rainbow” Filling the Sky With Every Color

If you need something to put a little smile on your face, look no further than this incredible photograph taken at Lake Sammamish in Washington State. While amateur photographer Cessna Kutz has seen a lot of rainbows over the lake, she wasn’t prepared for what appeared as she peeked out of her window one afternoon. Horizontal bands of color spanned the width of the lake, making for a spectacular sight.

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March 17, 2020

Teacher Creates Fun Science Experiment to Show Kids the Importance of Hand Washing

Amidst the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve learned a lot about washing our hands recently. However, getting kids to understand the importance of keeping extra clean during a pandemic can be tricky. If you’re struggling to teach good hygiene to the kids in your life, perhaps this video by Miami-based pre-kindergarten teacher Amanda Lorenzo will help. Lorenzo found a visual way to show what happens to a virus when in contact with soap.

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March 13, 2020

What the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic Can Teach Us About Coronavirus

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) being labeled a pandemic, it might be useful to see what we can learn from a far deadlier pandemic—the Spanish flu. Starting in 1918 this virus infected about 27% of the world population and killed an estimated 50 to 100 million people. Also known as the 1918 influenza pandemic, it involved the H1N1 influenza virus which was also responsible for the 2009 swine flu.

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March 2, 2020

Did You Know That Some People Can Create a Rumbling Sound in Their Ears?

Once again, Twitter is proving to be a great source of interesting facts about science. The latest talking point centers around the tensor tympani, a muscle in the ear that has a big impact on what we hear. Used to dampen sounds like claps of thunder or shouting or chewing, this muscle reduces the volume when things get too loud. But did you know that some people can actually flex this muscle voluntarily?

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