It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you know what that means- time to bring out all of your winter gear and bundle up. But dropping temperatures can also make room for some cool science experiments, like making frozen bubbles! This activity should work if it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or…
Because you’re never too old to blow bubbles.
Happy Pythagoras Day - MoMath hosted a Math Happening tonight at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. Hundreds of participants and countless more spectators surrounded the building and held glow bars to show that the building roughly approximates the 5 - 12 - 13 Pythagorean triple.
It was wonderful to see so many people out to see something math-y. And even better were all the people who just happened to be walking by who stopped and asked what was going on. I know many people think that New Yorkers just trudge along the avenues ignoring their surroundings and each other.
There won’t be another Pythagorean triple date for almost a century so I’m glad I got there to celebrate this one.
I think this is my favorite picture I took at the Maker Faire this year. The colors. The swirling orbs like a mini cosmos. The utter curiosity and wonder as the little people explored. Stay curious little ones. The world needs more explorers.
(Source: Flickr / nolagrrlnyc)
Go read this. There’s important stuff in there. You’ll be happy you did. :)
Fish farts are too a thing
So I’m sitting here enjoying the zen of Rick’s fish tank when I see bubbles coming from one of their rear sections. Did that fish just fart I ask. He says: “What?” I say “I think it did.” Google it he tells me since he knows in will want to know. And guess what. It is a thing.
According to http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-03/27/fish-farts:
"This is not the first time that biologists have studied fish farts. A 2003 study from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, linked a mysterious underwater farting sound to bubbles coming out of herrings’ bottoms. The high-pitched raspberry sound was thought to be used by the fish to communicate in some way. Unlike human flatulence, the sounds are unlikely to be caused by digestive gases because the number of sounds did not change when fish were fed."
Watch out … a comet is coming … maybe
David Levy has perhaps the best science quote I’ve seen lately in the article about the comet of 2013. He remarks that: ”Comets are like cats…[t]hey have tails, and they do precisely what they want.”
We only had time to do the second floor of the National Museum of Natural History, but so much amazing stuff. And if you have any interest in nature photography I would suggest you click through to see the winners of the 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Award winners. Some truly beautiful photographs.