How To Peel a Planet

If the kids are bored some afternoon, and the question of map projections comes up (just sayin’), dig around for a piece of citrus (navel oranges do well), draw a likeness of the earth on the surface, then have the kids peel it in one piece. It’s the perfect primer for showing how maps work. For more infotoons, click here. (From Kids Discover Geography)

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Gregor Mendel’s Pea Plants

Austrian monk and avid Gardener Gregor Mendel is credited for discovering why tall plants (in his case, pea) don’t always produce tall offspring, nor do smaller plants. (From Kids Discover Cells.) Click for a larger image…

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Coloring books were never like this.

Here’s a fun little video I made. It’s time-lapse of a project I’m working on for a production entitled Diversity Circus. It’s an illustration of a trick using a broom, where–if you keep your elbows bent–no one will be able to push you off your spot. Lots of physics going on here.

I don’t recall how many times I changed the color of the broom handle, but it’s pretty obvious I wasn’t pleased with the first few. Enjoy!

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There’s SNOW business like climate business…

Unlike humans who can travel and adapt to new environments, animals do not always have that luxury. The loss of sea ice to a polar bear can be devastating. You could liken the situation to an alligator trying to survive in the mountains of Colorado.

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Troodon, the speedster

Dinosaurs came in all shapes and sizes, but Troodon (TROE-odon, based on a Greek word meaning “wounding teeth”) was apparently a bit of runner. Fossil evidence of its long legs and retractable second-toe claws give every indication that a high rate of speed was possible for this theropod. The image below is from Howard Temperley’s In the Days of Dinosaurs. On your mark…

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Safety with electricity

Electricity is a very useful modern-day invention, but it needs to be handled with care. The infotoon below points out a few safety tips for kids and adults. (Text © Kids Discover Electricity)

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How A Cold Front Works

A front is the area between air masses that have different levels of humidity and temperature. Cold air can move in and slide under warmer air, which makes it rise and condense, causing rain. The same thing can happen when warm air rides over the top of colder air.

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Art Director’s Quiz

Highlighted RED in the story in the image below (click for a larger version) are words that describe items within the image, but instead of being literal clues, they are phonetic puns. As an example, for the word apparent, think “a parent.” See how many words and images you can match. When you think you’ve solved it (or if you need some help), drop me a note here and I’ll let you in on the surprise.

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Every pitcher tells a story…

March 29th is the birthday of Cy Young, the pitcher whose records have stood for many years. His name graces the award given to the previous season’s best hurler. Cy was born on March 29, 1867, and passed away on November 4, 1955. In spite of his accomplishments, the gifted thrower also retired with 316 losses, a record in major league baseball.

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Ancient Chinese Seismometer

In ancient China, earthquake warnings arrived via metal dragons and frogs. The mouths of the dragons were hinged and held a brass ball. When the pendulum would swing slightly, the ball would release and noisily fall into the mouth of a frog. Not only would this warn of an earthquake, it would tell in which direction the Earth was moving.

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