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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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February 11, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
by Joyce Sidman

Everyone knows that butterflies come from caterpillars, right?

Not in the 17th century, they didn’t. How would they have known? Metamorphosis took place in hidden places. There were no books describing this process, or Monarch kits to send away for. Caterpillars were considered pests, and no one connected them to the beautiful “summer birds” that sailed through the air.

Only a very sharp-eyed and persistent person would be able to uncover such an extraordinary process, and only a person with artistic skill could document it in living color.

That person was Maria Sibylla Merian. An artist at a time when women weren’t allowed to be. A scientist before there were scientists. An adventurer who journeyed far and wide in search of the truth of metamorphosis.

Dive into this fully-illustrated account of her life: bursting with art, history and juicy details.

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January 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Elemental Haiku

This year is the International Year of the Periodic Table, here’s an Elemental Haiku to begin a year of chemistry explorations…

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology.

1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)” by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.

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January 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Travel Deep Inside a Leaf

January 21, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Monarch Butterflies


The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

Every fall, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to Central Mexico. West Coast populations make a similar though much shorter trip to coastal California. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration “one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world.” Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, modern farming practices, urban development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year.

But today, an army of citizen scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator’s habitat – the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors – so that one of nature’s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards.

The Monarch showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch’s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch enthusiast and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides “action” projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations…to volunteer activism.

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December 14, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Man Who Named The Clouds

A history of weather reporting and the naming of clouds is brought to life in an examination of the young life of Luke Howard, who as a young boy kept a weather journal and eventually created a system for naming clouds which, in a modified form, is still used today.

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December 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Clouds

8 illuminating facts about clouds

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December 3, 2018 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

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