Category Archives: Earth Science

35 Stunning Images of America’s National Parks

As we mentioned in a previous post, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old this August! What better way to celebrate nature’s greatest achievements than with a look at some of the most amazing photos taken of some of our national parks?! Here are our favorite 35 images of America’s national parks.

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20 Breathtaking Images of Space

Revisiting the Veil NebulaIn honor of Star Wars Day, we thought it would be a good idea to find the most breathtaking images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA! Aside from all of these images completely mesmerizing us time and time again, they also do a really good job at reminding us of how massive the universe actually is. Be prepared to get lost in galaxies and nebulas with our journey of the 20 most breathtaking images of space.

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15 Images That Will Leave You in Awe of Science

This is an image of oil paint floating in a solution of water and methylated spirits.: When you think of science what usually comes to mind? It’s doubtful that colorful imagery or bright, exciting chemical reactions that look like they’re going to jump out at you from the page are top of your list. Believe it or not, all of these images below are in fact science reactions captured by some of the world’s greatest photographers. Read on and be prepared to be completely in awe of science!

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Celebrating Earth Day

Starting in 1970, Earth Day was created to celebrate environmental protection efforts all over the U.S. Now it is observed in over 190 countries and is the largest secular holiday in the world! To help you make the most of this day with your students, we gathered some awesome Earth Day activities that are hands-on and interactive while also reinforcing environmentally friendly concepts such as recycling, pollution and composting. Check out these activities below to try in the classroom or even in your home!

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The National Park Service turns 100

yosemite nat parkOn August 25, 2016 The National Park Service will be turning 100 years old. To get ready for this huge milestone in the organization’s history, they have been partnering with institutions across the country on different programs, events and activities to help increase awareness and support for America’s 407 national parks. Now more than ever, it’s important we encourage students to go outdoors and explore everything that nature has to offer and thanks to the National Park Service, we have been able to do that for almost 100 years.

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Can Soap Bubbles Predict Tropical Storms?

Meteorology is a complex and imprecise science. Despite technological advancements, forecasting volatile weather patterns, such as tropical storms, remains a challenge as it involves predicting numerous dynamic atmospheric and environmental interactions. Results of recent research however, have shown that soap bubbles may provide a simple, inexpensive and effective means for predicting the strength of hurricanes and typhoons.

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Precarious Rocks Give Clues to Future Earthquake Movements

A new approach to predict the intensity and direction of earthquakes lies in an unlikely source — 10,000-yearold, improbably balanced rocks. You’ve probably seen pictures of these; they are astounding, seemingly impossible and a little scary. You certainly wouldn’t want to be standing downhill if they toppled over.

These geological features are called Precariously Balanced Rocks or “PBRs.” They are formed slowly when tectonic forces elevate granite rocks from below ground to the surface, and erosion whittles away the softer surrounding materials leaving the unlikely and amazing result.

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A New Type of Engineering Could Save Earths Climate

Shared from Tech Insider and BBC News.

bubblesWe all know Bill Nye is not shy about sharing his opinions on controversial subjects, and his views on climate change are no different. In an interview with National Geographic a couple of weeks ago he discussed a type of engineering that could have the potential to combat climate change in a major way.

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Eleven Years on Mars

marsIn the very first issue of Headline Discoveries, released in the spring of 2004, we wrote about the exciting news of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, landing just months before in January of that year. In an extended article, within the same issue, we expanded on the rovers’ missions, spacecraft features, as well as conditions on the rusty red planet. Remarkably, as of the writing of this article, Opportunity continues to generate power from its solar panels and traverse the Martian terrain even 11.5 years later!

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Earthquake Detection, There’s an App for That!

earthquakeSmartphones have revolutionized the way we work, play, communicate and carry out our day to day lives. Recently, researchers discovered a surprising and potentially life-saving application for this technology: early earthquake detection. This unconventional pocket detector could provide precious seconds for people to take shelter or for utilities to implement emergency shutdown procedures.

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