Saturday Morning Science Experiment: Flour On Fire

Flour is not as innocuous as it may seem. Like other carbohydrates, it’s really just a tiny chain of sugars at heart. And (as anyone who’s ever made s’mores knows) sugar can light up like a dried-out Christmas Tree that’s been exposed to an electrical spark…

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Fuel Cell X7 Car Experiment Kit

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Here’s one of those DIY toys that remind us that learning can be fun and educational at the same time. The Fuel Car and Experiment X7 kit will allow you to assemble the car, and also hook it up to the fuel cell that will be powering it. Thanks to the fuel cell, your car will be powered by water…

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Crowbox: Training Crows To Clean The Planet


How much do you actually know about crows? Other than they are loud and sit on the tops of trees and make a bunch of noise? They always seem to lurk around and stare you in the eye a little too long for comfort, right? Well, turns out they are much smarter than you might think, and they may even be one solution to our garbage problem. Inventor Josh Klein started doing experiments in 2008 showing that you could train crows to use a vending machine, and not just that, but that they were smart enough to pass the training on to each other. Knowing this, how can we use crows to our advantage instead of just seeing them as local pests or flying rats?


Color Has A Significant Effect On How People Think And Act


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IMAGINE you are an experienced martial arts referee. You are asked to score a number of taekwondo bouts, shown to you on video. In each bout, one combatant is wearing red, the other blue. Would clothing colour make any difference to your impartial, expert judgement? Of course it wouldn’t.


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Pigeons As Art Critics


The top 10 images are those that were seen as “good” pictures, while the bottom 10 were the “bad” pictures.

Pigeons could be art critics yet, according to a new study which shows that like humans, pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ paintings. According to Professor Shigeru Watanabe from Keio University in Japan, pigeons use both color and pattern cues to judge the paintings’ beauty as defined by humans, as well as their texture.


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Ergonomic Stand-Up Desks Allow Students To Stand Or Sit While Working

Stand-Up Desks Allow Students To Stand Or Sit While Working 

 Abby Brown, the sixth grade teacher who designed the stand-up desks

From the hallway, Abby Brown’s sixth-grade classroom in a little school here about an hour northeast of Minneapolis has the look of the usual one, with an American flag up front and children’s colorful artwork decorating the walls.

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You Can Change Your Appearance With Exercise, But Not Overnight

Fitness Does Not Happen Overnight 

Carl Foster, an exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, was amused by ads for a popular piece of exercise equipment. Before-and-after photos showed pudgy men and women turned into athletes with ripped bodies of steel. And it all happened after just 12 weeks of exercising for 30 minutes three times a week. Then there was the popular book, with its own before-and-after photos, promoting a program that would totally change your body in six weeks with three 20-minute exercise sessions a week.

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