Earth Sciences

Static Electricity

Static Electricity

Has your hair ever stood out from your head after pulling off a wool cap? That’s the result of static electricity. In their usual state, the atoms are electrically neutral because they contain an equal number of positive protons and …[Continue]

The Ocean

The Ocean

Although it covers nearly three-quarters of Earth, scientists call the ocean our planet’s last frontier, and say that we know more about the moon then we do the sea floor. While oceanographers are racing to learn more about the deep …[Continue]

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the chemical process used by plants (and a few other organisms) to convert sunlight, water, and air into the energy needed for the plant to grow and survive. Learn more with today’s crop of website picks….[Continue]

Air Pressure

Air Pressure

Air pressure is the weight (or force) of the atmosphere at any particular point. Although you can’t feel it or see it, air pressure plays an important part in weather, and can be demonstrated with some really fun experiments….[Continue]

Magnetism

Magnetism

Magnetism is a force that attracts and repels things. It is the result of the movement of charged particles. Although the theoretical concept may sound difficult, it is easy to demonstrate to even young children with very simple experiments. Nickel …[Continue]

Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Gardening

Author Orsen Scott Card once said “Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.” And while I hope that is not your reason for planting a vegetable garden this spring, this topic seemed appropriate for both Gardening …[Continue]

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Environmental science (also called ecology or bionomics) is a branch of biology that studies the relationship between organisms and their environment. It encompasses topics such as climate change, energy, endangered species, land use and more. Today’s website picks cover a …[Continue]

Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels

As gas prices soar, consumers become more interested alternative fuel cars. Lower costs, however, are not the only benefits to alternative fuels. They also produce fewer emissions (better for the environment) and can usually be produced in the United States …[Continue]

Volcanoes

Volcanoes

A volcano is an opening in the Earth’s surface that allows lava, hot gas, rock fragments and ash to explode from below. They are usually located at the edges of tectonic plates, where the plates are either shifting apart from …[Continue]

Antarctica

Antarctica

Antarctica is a cold, dry, icy, mountainous continent that surrounds the South Pole. Although few animals can survive the extreme conditions in the interior of the continent, the surrounding seas are home to penguins, seals, whales, and many kinds of …[Continue]