Week of January 6, 2008

What's Cookin'?

Enjoy science in the comfort of your own kitchen with The Accidental Scientist’s Science of Cooking at www.exploratorium.edu/
. Open the fridge and behold the wonder of the egg. Get some eggcellent recipe tips in Kitchen Lab, and stop by Visit a Farm to see what it takes to produce these succulent eats. If your sweet tooth is acting up, find out how you can make treats like Monster Marshmallows in Candy. Get up close and personal with the Science of Sugar to see how carbon, hydrogen and oxygen tempt your taste buds. Add some spice to your life by connecting with your kitchen today.

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Words of Wonder

Challenge your understanding of communication when you visit Word Play, Contemporary Art by Xu Bing at www.asia.si.edu/
. Stories, language and poetry influence this amazing artist. Click on Interview to see pictures and listen in as Bing explores his art. Read Monkeys Grasp for the Moon and learn about Bing’s use of the written word to create a true masterpiece. Next, see nature evolve in The Living Word as Bing brings beautiful creatures to life. This site will show you how language not only sounds amazing but can look spectacular, too.

A Season of Change

Visit a diverse Canadian ecosystem at Wetland Watch, www.redshift
. Ontario welcomes you to view a wetland and see how it changes over the course of a year. As the temperature drops and rises, different animals call this wetland home. Push the play button and watch as the scenery changes, and check out Who Lives Here to see what species of animals come and go. Take note of specific dangers to this delicate environment in Wetland Threats, which can include even flowers and mosquitoes. If you want to help, Take Action and support wetland life before it’s too late. (This site is temporarily unavailable.)

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Wild, Wild Weather

Depending on where you live, today could be icy and snowy or scorching hot! Did you know that while North America is experiencing winter, Australia is having its summer? This happens because the Earth's axis is at a tilt. Different regions of the Earth receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year, creating seasonal change. This also changes how long we have sunlight each day. People who live really far away from the equator experience short days in winter and long days in summer. To find out more about seasons, check out www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/

Not only are seasons different around the world, but extreme weather varies depending on where you live. Even within the United States, some areas are affected by hurricanes, and others are vulnerable to tornadoes. I may never experience some of the crazy weather that happens around the world, but I love to read stories about people who have survived extreme weather. For some cool severe weather stories, visit http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/


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