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Imagine traveling into space 13 billion light-years away. What would you see? What great discoveries would you uncover? Just recently the Hubble Space Telescope captured the farthest view ever into the universe’s past, revealing thousands of unexplored galaxies billions of light-years away.

Over the last 10 years the Hubble Space Telescope has taken more than 2,000 images shot by several cameras leading up to one remarkable composite. The final image shows over 5,500 galaxies in just a tiny view. Wow! That’s a lot!

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Galileo did it from the top of the leaning tower of Pisa. You can too, without traveling to Italy. Or trying to find a cannon ball. And as Galileo would say, buona fortuna!


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Scientists may have found an answer to global warming: sea otters.

That’s right! A new study shows the heaviest members of the weasel family act as a control against sea urchins, which feed on kelp forests.

Why is this important? Kelp forests absorb carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas and a contributor to global warming (the gradual rise in Earth’s temperature). Sea urchins munch on kelp forests, decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide absorbing kelp. Sea otters have a positive effect biomass by eating sea urchins. Even the threat of sea otters is enough for the urchins to hide in underwater crevices and survive on plant scraps.

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They came. They danced. They rocked it!

The one and only Mr. Richard performed during a members-only breakfast at the Orlando Science Center. About 200 people enjoyed coffee and bagels as the ever-popular musician played the kiddos' favorite hits. The capacity crowd clapped, stomped and bopped to songs like "Woo Woo Truck," "Butterfly Day" and "Pooch Smooch."

Check out the photos below to see the mommies, daddies and little buckaroos enjoying a musical set that only Mr. Richard can deliver!

 

 


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Nothing up my sleeve but simple science and a deck of cards. Presto, chango! Watch science work its magic.


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Got hard water? Let cabbage tell you for sure. This ordinary veggy – with a little help from chemistry- is sure to give some colorful results.


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Bats have gotten a particularly bad rap thanks to old-time monster movies, but did you know that bats are an important part of our ecosystem? It’s true! And the primary benefit for us is that on average, a single bat can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitos an hour!

In order to encourage bats onto your property, they’ll need a place to say. You can easily build your own bat house that can hold from one dozen to more than 100 bats depending on your needs, available space and carpentry skills.

Before building your bat house, consider the space available. To create favorable conditions, the internal bat house temperature should be between 27 and 38 degrees Celsius and have at least six hours of direct daily sun. Bat houses should be mounted on buildings or poles as these provide the best protection against predators. Also, be sure to mount them at least 12 feet above the ground, though 15 to 20 feet is preferred. Don’t place a bat house in a location lit by bright lights. Ideally, houses should have a water source close by. Open-bottom houses greatly reduce problems with birds, mice, squirrels or parasites entering the house.

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