February 12, 2021
When it rains, sometimes we can see oil on the street rise to the top of puddles and spread out into a rainbow of colors.
One of the main reasons we see color is because of light, said my friend
Cigdem Capan, a physics instructor at WSU. » More …
February 7, 2021
There are more than 34,000 species of fish on our planet. It can be tricky to tell the age or sex of a fish, but biologists have come up with a few different ways to find out.
Paul Wheeler, a fish biologist at WSU, told me all about it. » More …
January 30, 2021
Seasons can be quite different depending on where you live. But no matter where you live, the reason for the seasons has to do with the way the Earth rotates.
I talked to my friend
Vivienne Baldassare, a WSU physics and astronomy professor to find out exactly why we have seasons. » More …
When we look around our world, we can find all kinds of shadows. One way we can explore the answer to your shadow question is with a little experiment.
Anya Rasmussen, a WSU physics professor, told me all about it. » More …
December 21, 2020
While we can’t see black holes with our eyes, astronomers have figured out how to spot these objects in our universe.
One astronomer who is really curious about understanding black holes is my friend
Sukanta Bose, a researcher at WSU. » More …
December 7, 2020
Ever since humans discovered they could use sand to make glass, they’ve been experimenting with it. They even learned how to control the colors.
Dustin Regul is a stained glass artist and painter who teaches fine arts at Washington State University. He told me more about where glass gets its color. » More …
November 23, 2020
A lot of apes walk on their knuckles. Gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos use their knuckles for stability and balance.
That’s what I found out from my friend
Nanda Grow, an anthropologist and wildlife biologist at Washington State University who studies primates. » More …
September 14, 2020
Sinkholes can be scary to think about. They don’t happen too often, but when they do, they can take people by surprise. The solid ground disappears, and a hole suddenly appears.
It might seem like sinkholes appear out of nowhere. But they actually need specific conditions to form.
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We’ve had a lot of earthquakes on our planet this year. Maybe you’ve learned about them from the news or felt one shaking up your own neighborhood. Earthquakes can happen in a few different ways.
First, it is important to know a bit about the Earth’s outer layer, or crust.
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March 14, 2020
There’s nothing quite like making popcorn: the snapping kernels, the warm buttery smell, and the knowledge that a delicious snack will be ready in minutes. It gives you some good time to think and wonder: how did humans first start doing this?
To find out where popcorn came from, I visited my friend
Erin Thornton, an archaeologist at WSU. » More …