Spring time means getting out and enjoying the sun, watching the trees bloom and cleaning out those flower beds and garden patches and filling them with flowers and plants. Before you start clearing out the dead of winter and putting plants in the ground, get a little compost going.
Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil. - EarthEasy.com
Compost creates nutrient-rich humus – a natural fertilizer. This super charges plant growth and helps keep moisture in the soil. Your water bill can be reduced by 20%. It also adds microscopic organisms that works to aerate the soil, break down organic materials and fight off plant disease and insects.
By composting your organic kitchen waste, your trash will be lighter and your footprint smaller. About 30% of household trash is compostable materials.
Dr. Oz is known for his wacky and unique demonstrations to illustrate what happens inside the body. Recently, he donned a poncho and became the Mentos Boy in the Box.
He stepped in a sealed container to demonstrate what happens in the intestines when a food that doesn’t agree with body chemistry is introduced into the stomach. The giant plastic box acted as the intestines, the Diet Coke served as the bacteria and the Mentos were the beans or reactive food. When the food was dropped into the stomach’s bacteria, it caused a reaction that forced the bacteria to erupt and overflow.
The demonstration was part of an episode that discussed the Anti-Diet Plan with controversial author Lyn-Genet Recitas. She claims the secret to losing weight is chemistry, not calories.
Have you ever wondered how clouds form? We all learn the water cycle in school – water falls from the clouds in the form of rain or snow and collects on the ground. The water on the ground heats up and turns to vapor and the vapor travels up into the atmosphere and creates clouds.
But how do those clouds form? Here’s an experiment that demonstrates how the water molecules join together and form a cloud.
Before you start on your own cloud, let’s learn a little more about clouds.
A cloud is a lot of droplets of water and or ice crystals, depending on the temperature. The droplets float in the air molecules.
Even though we don’t see them, water molecules are in the air all around us. These airborne water molecules are called water vapor. When the molecules are bouncing around in the atmosphere, they don’t normally stick together.
Clouds on Earth form when warm air rises and its pressure is reduced. The air expands and cools, and clouds form as the temperature drops below the dew point. In other words, cold air cannot hold as much water vapor as warm air. Invisible particles in the air in the form of pollution, smoke,
Move over Shark Tank inventors and patent attorneys get ready for some amazing, new kid-invented products. Third graders at Wilder Elementary in Littleton, Colorado joined Steve early one morning to share their inventions and solutions to common everyday problems.
The annual Invention Convention takes the lead over the classic science fair in asking kids to solve problems with their own inventions. Many parents and teachers in elementary schools are organizing “Invention Conventions” in place of the traditional science fairs and kids are responding in record numbers with great ideas. The non-competitive, highly supportive nature of events these inspire kids to identify everyday problems, brainstorm creative ideas, and, ultimately, invent a solution that makes us all say, “I wish I had thought of that!”
Many inventors find things that happen in their daily life that cause them to think of some problem in a
DNA is the building block of all living creatures, plants and animals. It is found in the cells of animals and determines the genetics or make up of every individual organism. DNA is also present in the whole foods we eat.
Thanks to the special characteristics of strawberries, it is possible to extract, isolate and observe the DNA. You don’t have to be a geneticist. You don’t even need a microscope. All that is needed are some household materials.
The long thick fibers pulled out of the extraction solution are strands of strawberry DNA. DNA is present in every cell of all plants and animals and determines the genetics of the individual organisms.
While other fruits are soft and just as easy to pulverize, strawberries are the perfect choice for a DNA extraction lab for two reasons: they yield more DNA than any other fruits, and they are octoploid, meaning that they have eight copies of each type of DNA chromosome. These special circumstances make strawberry DNA easy to extract and see. (Human cells are generally diploid, with only two sets of chromosomes.)