Category Archives: Science

“What happens in a microwave that makes jawbreakers explode?”

If you’re just joining us, last week I learned that jawbreakers can explode when heated in a microwave. This week, I’m going to find out why. What happens in a microwave that makes jawbreakers explode? The 30-second answer (That’s “tl;dr” for … Continue reading

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“Why can’t you heat a jawbreaker?”

In an effort to finally rid the house of our leftover Halloween and Easter candy, I snagged a copy of Loralee Leavitt’s Candy Experiments and began to flip through looking for a way to dispose of all those unwanted Peeps. … Continue reading

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“Are there ever two new moons in one month? What’s that called?”

Yesterday’s Super Blue Blood Moon got The Ten-Year-Old wondering. Are there ever two new moons in one month? What’s that called? Continue reading

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“Are artichokes and pine cones related?”

Since we’ve moved to California, I’ve been mildly obsessed with pine cones. This is why. Although I prefer to think of these pine cones as POUSs (Pinecones of Unusual Size), the locals refer to them as widow-makers. When we moved … Continue reading

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“Is there an official landing pad for UFOs?”

Stopping at the Bonneville salt flats on our road trip to California naturally got The Ten-Year-Old thinking about alien planets and the beings that travel away from them. “Mommyo,” she asked when we were back on the road. “Is there an … Continue reading

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Sky Watch: Total Solar Eclipse August 21

Solar eclipse headed our way in two days. Have you made your solar eclipse viewing kit yet? Continue reading

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“Did Isaac Newton invent the cat door?”

In which my daughter learns that you can’t believe everything you read in books. Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe Being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is one of my favorite art forms. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio boxes), the International Space Station … Continue reading

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“How does a Galileo thermometer work?”

Too many weeks for a toddler to count ago, I promised you that we’d talk about how a Galileo thermometer actually works. I fully intended to answer this question at the time, but somehow kept finding one reason or another to put … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter, again

Just after sunset tonight, glance up at the full moon. That bright star immediately next to it is Jupiter. Enjoy the view. Related Links:  Top 7 Must-See Sky Events in 2017 (National Geographic)

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