Archive for August, 2008

The Oldest Ropes in the World

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Coils of nearly 4,000 year-old rope has turned up in caves on the Red Sea. Discovery News’ Rossella Lorenzi digs deep to bring us a new story from ancient Egypt.

Martian Day Jet Lag

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Mars time and Earth time are so similar, scientists working on the Phoenix Mars Lander mission are in a constant state of jet lag. Space producer Dave Mosher finds out how they’re coping with the ever changing clock.

Howler Monkeys

Monday, August 18th, 2008

How would you like to have neighbors like these? You can’t tell these howler monkeys to pipe down. They do this all day long, except when they’re sleeping!

How to Navigate using the Sun

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Learn how to find south, your latitude, and your longitude with only a few household items and some know how. I should note, however, that in using the home-made quadrant cited, the precision of your findings will be rather low. Don’t worry, you’ll be within a few hundred miles. ;)

The Tabletop Explainer is an intermittent educational vlog presenting answers to viewer questions, brief science lessons, and ideas for teachers and students. It is a feature of David’s blog “Tilts at Windmils” which can be found at

Ugliest Dolphins in the World

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Identified as a new species only in 2005, the bulbous-headed snub fin dolphin-called the world’s ugliest-had never been filmed until now, according to an Australian TV production, and in this National Geographic video report.

The Mosquito

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Did you know you are more likely to get bitten by a mosquito if you are a blonde with smelly feet? True!

Here’s an informative and itchy video to get you up to snuff on your friend, the mosquito.

The National Museum of Funeral History

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Ready for a VERY unusual field trip? Here’s a report on a visit to the National Museum of Funeral History in Texas (and no, it is not morbid at all). Actually, it’s a fascinating place. In fact, I think I wouldn’t mind being buried in a giant chicken like the one they have displayed here. Check it out!

The Mola Mola

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

What’s the weirdest, largest fish in the ocean? It has to be the Mola Mola. What do you think?

The Earth’s Amazing Atmosphere

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Here’s a fascinating video depicting the fluid characteristics of our planet’s atmosphere. From the National Geographic documentary “Earth: The Biography”. Check out the “air surfer” - whoa! Excellent!

Smartest Birds in the World?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

An ornithologist devises a test to see how clever ravens really are.

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