"Baby, you’re a firework. Let your colors burst:” Science exploding 10,000 feet in the air

"Baby, you’re a firework. Let your colors burst:” Science exploding 10,000 feet in the air

You've probably heard Musician Katy Perry's song, Firework as it was a number one hit in 2010. Combine that with the summer season, there's an urge to awe over the sights and sounds of fireworks. But I don’t think we or Katy Perry think about the science behind those oohs and ahhs. Learn about fireworks from its history to how they light up the night sky. 

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"Tips on the Rip" The dangers of Rip Currents

"Tips on the Rip" The dangers of Rip Currents

About to head to the beach for the summer? Well, there's a danger out there. No, it's not sharks or jellyfish; it's something that causes more deaths than thunder strikes or floods. Rip currents are one of the top coastal hazards for beach-goers. And if you don't know what they are, learn more and get the "tips on the rip" before you take a dip in the ocean. Photo Credit to NOAA NWS.

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Going green? How about going "blue" too?

Going green? How about going "blue" too?

We know it's important to go green, but you might also want to consider going blue too.

Blue carbon is carbon (carbon dioxide) that is sequestered and stored by marine habitats like mangrove forests, estuaries, and the rocky intertidal. Knowing the carbon cycle, studies have shown that these marine habitats take in and hold more carbon than terrestrial habitats like rainforests. Thus these habitats could greatly help us in reducing our carbon footprint!

Interested in learning more? Read on!

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Following the motion of the ocean

Following the motion of the ocean

For those of us who live near the ocean or a large body of water, we follow the motion of the ocean; we plan our fishing trips around it, we SCUBA dive in, and we also predict on how devastating a potential coastal flooding could be. Governed by the sun, moon, and earth's rotation, natural forces like tides affect not only how us humans plan, but also how marine animals live. Learn about these natural forces and how it sets life by (and in) the ocean to a rhythm and in motion. 

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Why does the old man snore when it rains and pours?

Why does the old man snore when it rains and pours?

"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring."

We're all familiar with that nursery rhyme. And maybe you do sleep with it rains. Or maybe you're moody when it's it's gloomy outside. You can also be relaxed when you hear the rain tap on your window.

Learn about how rain can affect our activity and lives so you can be prepared the next time you have an outdoor event (and be savvy about it).

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Black liquid gold

Black liquid gold

What's that you're drinking? Black coffee, no cream, two sugars; a carmel macchiato with two shots of espresso an skim milk; a cafe americano?

Whatever the name is, you're drinking coffee. Coffee is what keeps us going and prepared for whatever may come for that day. But how does it affect our bodies? Learn more about this beloved drink, how it affects our bodies, the stats behind coffee in U.S., and the different ways of making it.

Grab your cup of joe right now and read on!

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Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

It's the time of year I look forward to the most. Not because it's a huge part of my research, but because it is a spectacle that has been happening for over 350 million years. You know it's Spring when peculiar dinosaur-looking animals called horseshoe crabs, come up onto the shallow waters of beaches to do their "thing." It's the horseshoe crab mating season!

Read on to learn more about the horseshoe crab, their mating season, and why they are very important not only during the Spring but all year round!

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Spring is here - Tapping into nature’s sweetness for breakfast

Spring is here - Tapping into nature’s sweetness for breakfast

It's Spring: the days are getting warm but the nights are still cool. It's also a special time for the trees, for the maple trees. For some New Englanders, it's not only Spring, it's the sugaring season!

Ever wonder how maple syrup gets from the maple tree to your breakfast as a sweet delicacy? Nature is doing all the work. Curious in learning more? Well, grab a cup of coffee, sit at your breakfast table, and read on. Make sure you have a stack of pancakes and waffles ready. 

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Shedding some "light" onto Light Pollution

Shedding some "light" onto Light Pollution

The night sky is beautiful but it's also in danger. What is it in danger from?

Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light. It’s also defined as the alteration of natural light levels in the outdoor environment.

Let me shed some light on this subject on how light pollution is affecting the way we study the universe, how it's hurting wildlife, and how it's affecting our well-being and health.

Or shall I say I'll shed some “dark” onto the subject.

Photo credit to the Night Sky Guy.

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