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Earth's Seasons from Enchanted Learning. Find out about the Equinox, the Solstice, and the seasons of the year at this fine offering.


equinox graphic


Every place on earth experiences a 12 hour day and a 12 hour night twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox.

Learn about Summer and Winter Solstices, and more about the Spring and Fall Equinoxes, below!

Earth's seasons, equinoxes & solstices


 Equinox: Sun rises due east and sets due west from EarthSky Also it's one of only two days a year when day and night are 12 hours each. Another good, fact-filled equinox page with good graphics. You just can't get enough knowledge!



credit = Cats in Space Quoting Philosophers (FB page)



New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japan This video link is from Facebook's
Science and Nature Page. This video is from Live Science, in case you can't get to Facebook
or something. Both these videos are about a newly discovered tardigrade that was living
in moss that was growing in a parking lot in Japan! Nothing new about water bears living in
moss, but in a parking lot? And the eggs look like Alien eggs!

tardigrade eggs Going in Animals



Trilobites, like the ones fossilized here, emerged more than 500 million year
s ago in what’s called “the Cambrian explosion,” a period when large numbers
of novel species with skeletons, eyes and limbs evolved with remarkable
suddenness. Trilobites are so called because of the three parts, or lobes, of
their bodies. From Morocco. Credit : Andrew A. Sicree #GeologyHere #Fossil
From Geology of the World and the Environment, on Facebook.
Going in Dinos & Paleo & in Trilobite World



6 Inventions You Wouldn’t Have Without Women
Wi-Fi, coffee filters, Monopoly games, windshield wipers,
computer languages, programming/coding. All invented by
women. NatGeo tells the history of them all.
Going in Women's History


The Gothenberg is a replica of a Swedish East Indiaman.
East Indiamen were long range, high-capacity merchantmen
(trading ships). The original Götheborg was lost in 1745.
This replica has two Volvo diesel engines and propellers.
In the 1600s into the 1800s, all the seafaring nations of Europe
used ships like this to trade with India and the Far East.
Götheborg is a sailing replica of an 18th-century Swedish East Indiaman
and one of the world's largest operational wooden sailing vessels.
Ten tons of hemp ropes were used for rigging the vessel, together
with some 1,000 wooden blocks and 1,964 m2 (21,140 sq ft) linen sail.
All this was produced using 18th century techniques.
This is not a model, it is the same size as the original.
"One small change was that the headroom of the deck was increased
by 10 cm, since today's seamen are taller than their ancestors."
#history of trade
Gothenberg ship
Going in History.


Night Witches - Nachthexen

SABATON's song 'Night Witches' is about these Russian female bomber pilots of WWII
and the rickety old crates they had to fly. They bled for those medals they're wearing.
Click on this photo to see their story!
night witches.jpg

"Night witches" was the name given by the Nazis to the women aviators of the
46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, who flew in wood-and-canvas
Polikarpov U-2 biplanes. Seen here in preparation for the 'Victory Parade’ in June 1945.
From left to right: Rufina Gasheva, Irina Sebrova, Natalia Meklin, Marina Chechneva,
Nadezhda Popova, Seraphima Amosova, Evdokia Nikulina, Evdokia Bershanskaya,
Maria Smirnova, Evgeniya Zhigulenko. Wearing their dress uniforms.
Credits: WW2 Colourised Photos, (Color by Klimbim)
Going in Women's History


Twelve Famous Female Chemists "March 8 is International Women's Day.
This graphic takes a look at a selection of women who have been pioneers
in the history of chemistry!" This link leads to a much larger version
of the graphic shown here (1984 X 1203 pixels).


Going in Living Things
Darwin poster


Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe
"Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs
or yabbies, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related;
taxonomically, they are members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea.
They breathe through feather-like gills." - Wikipedia.
A big crayfish from a little creek on the Florida-Georgia line has gone big time:
"The marbled crayfish is a mutant species that clones itself, scientists report. The population is
exploding in Europe, but the species appears to have originated only about 25 years ago.".
.."The mutation made it possible for the creature to clone itself, and now it has spread across
much of Europe and gained a toehold on other continents. In Madagascar, where it arrived about
2007, it now numbers in the millions and threatens native crayfish." They make eggs without a daddy,
each one is a copy of every other one. (There are some fish and a few lizards that also do this.)
Someone dumped a few of them in a pond in Europe. Now they are taking over.
They eat smaller, native crawfish. They also outbreed them. They are a giant among crawfish
and tougher than other species. But are they good to eat? Going in Animals



swimming with whale sharks
Going in Animals


Some of the most amazing and unusual jellyfish
A 3:23 video on the Facebook Science Nature page.
Colorful and fascinating. Wish he had a size comparison graphic,
but the scientific names are listed, along with where the jellies
are and at what depth. Going in Animal Cams
exotic jellyfish



Common Dental Procedures A 3:20 video on the Facebook Science Nature page.
Commen dental prcedures such as braces, replacing teeth, fillings, and more, using the
newest dental techniques, are shown. Much less scary than even 20 years ago!
Going in Dental



Going in Astronomy


Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth A Deep Look video from YouTube
Pill bugs. Doodle bugs. Potato bugs. Wood Shrimp. Whatever you call them, there’s something less
creepy about these critters than other insects. Maybe it’s because they’re not insects at all.
Pillbugs, or rolli-pollies, are crustaceans, not insects and not millipedes. Learn how they came from
the oceans and modified their gills to breathe air! Watch this 3min 29 sec video and find out more.
Pillbug isopodGoing in Animals




What are beetles? from Texas A&M explains why beetles are very special. Beetles'
front two wings evolved into hard wing covers"
"Beetles differ from all other winged insects by having the first pair of wings hardened
and thickened. These hard forewings serve as a protective shield for the fragile
flying wings, which are folded underneath."
This lets beetles go places other insects can't, like digging into dirt to hide.
How do they fold the two back wings to fit them under the wing covers?
This Scientific American video shows how ladybugs handle this problem.
Ladybug-wings Going in Animals



1,700-Year-Old Musical Instrument Found, and It Still Works
Ancient mouth harp from Altai Mtns of central Asia
This mouth harp was recently discovered in the Altai Mountains region of Russia
and still makes music after 1,700 years. Made of animal ribs!
Photo by Andrey Borodovsky of The Siberian Times
More about this family of instruments
Going in Music



Orion Nebula
Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light
[Ultra HD]
"NASA has released a rather wondrous visualization of what it would be like to fly
through the Orion Nebula. Using data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes,
scientists stitched together a 3D fly-through of the famous nebula, which is in the process
of forming stars. We are treated to glorious glowing clouds being heated by radiation,
huge envelopes of gas around disks of new planetary systems, and new stars being born.
The Orion nebula is about 1,344 light-years away, and just 2 million years old
– a blink of an eye in cosmic terms.
Of course, we didn’t actually send those telescopes through the nebula to make the video.
Instead, using imagery from the telescopes and “Hollywood techniques", according to NASA,
the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, and the
Caltech/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) in California were able to produce the three-minute video.
You can check it out below, and as it's got a rather nice musical backdrop,
so you might want to turn your sound on too." (text from IFLS article)
Going in Astronomy



The San Andreas Fault is more accessible than any other fault in the world.
San Andreas Fault is the sliding boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate.
It slices California in two from Cape Mendocino to the Mexican border.
San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur are on the Pacific Plate.
San Francisco, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada are on the North American Plate.
What type of fault is it? The San Andreas Fault is a transform fault.
Imagine placing two slices of pizza on the table and sliding them past one another
where they touch along a common straight edge.

Movement along fault - The plates are slowly moving past one another at a couple of inches a year
- about the same rate that your fingernails grow.
The breaking rock sends out waves in all directions, and it is the waves that we feel as earthquakes.
Going in Earth Science



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