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Oct 23

Giant Baby Squid off Japan’s Coast

| Biology

Our knowledge of giant squid is sparse. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that anyone was able to get footage of the giant squid in it’s ocean habitat. They found it by using bioluminescent lights. Small prey use this as a defense signal to medium sized predators. Large predators, however, see it as […]

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Oct 22

Can Orange Peels Save the Ocean from Mercury?

| Biology

Some of the best discoveries were made by accident. Penicillin was discovered when a petri dish of bacteria was left out and uncovered long enough to grow mold. The mold, in turn killed surrounding bacterial colonies, and one of the most powerful antibacterial drugs was born. On another front, chocolate chip cookies were only discovered […]

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Oct 21

Kids Science Experiments with Rosie

| Grade School

What makes Rosie Research Kids Science Experiments great? Intriguing Mysteries. Each Rosie Research lab comes with a fun short story. Our stories engage children to become science sleuths. From solving the mystery of what Rosie put in her drink one morning, to engineering ways to protect the International Space Station, a few minutes of reading will […]

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Oct 20

Rosie, the Space Station and Micrometeorites

| Astronomy

The ISS is getting bombarded with micrometeorites, and just last night one chipped a window. Rosie needs to form a plan to make sure no meteorites damage the space station. Can she save the astronauts? Let’s help Rosie find out. The Space Station and micrometeorites are hurtling in orbit together around the Earth. Our atmosphere […]

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Oct 20

Math and Memory: Defining our Brains with Math

| Biology

Every day we access our sequential memory. Simple tasks such as remembering a phone number use it. So does recalling how events unfolded one night fifteen years ago. Understanding how our sequential memory works could help us understand a variety of mental illnesses. Illnesses such as ADD, bipolar and OCD. New research shows a difference […]

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Oct 19

Supersonic Dinosaurs

| Engineering

For almost 20 years some scientists have claimed it wasn’t Chuck Yaeger who was the first living thing to travel faster than the speed of sound. Who did they propose was the first? Supersonice Dinosaurs. Well, their tails at least. The Apatosaurus was between 70 and 90 feet long, with their tail taking up more than […]

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Oct 15

Ultrafast Dynamics at Zurich ETH

| Flat Rosie Lab Book

Flat Rosie just got back from her first international trip to the ETH lab with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology! Rosie visited the Ultrafast Dynamics Group. She learned all about how very short laser pulses interact with materials. By short, we mean really short. Tens of femptoseconds short! Ultrafast Dynamics means Ultrafast Lasers. Flat Rosie aligned her […]

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Oct 14

Defining the Kilogram, Resolving Conflict.

| Chemistry

Units are essential to understanding and talking about the world around us. They give each and everyone of us a base. When we talk about our weight, or the speed of our cars we are using units. It would be awfully confusing, however if units changed on a whim. If 100lbs today was not the […]

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Oct 13

Light Based Memory Chip Breaks Records

| Physics

In an age where smaller and smaller computers are everywhere data storage is at a premium. We write and read our data to hard drives in 0’s and 1’s. Of course, they aren’t really little tiny 0’s and 1’s inside the hard drive. Typically we have a sheet of magnetic material that is cut up into billions if […]

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Oct 12

Candle Soot Powering Electric Cars

| Chemistry

Can you imagine powering an electric car with candles? New research shows that soot from burning candles could be the perfect anode material for larger batteries. How do Lithium Ion Batteries work? Lithium ion batteries use  negatively charged lithium ions which travel to a positive electrode while discharging. When the battery is charged the lithium […]

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