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Science of Fireworks

Every year on the Fourth of July, fireworks light up the usually explosion-less sky with bursts of brilliance, color, and, much to dogs’ chagrin, titanic booms. Fireworks have been around for a long time; they are not an invention of the last few hundred years. The ancient Chinese invented...

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How to Have a Productive Summer

As we all stagger out of the testing center after our last final and squint into the bright spring sun, most of us turn our thoughts to relaxing and working during the summer break. We certainly don’t think of packing our brains with even more information. Most of us...

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The Science Behind a Sunburn

One of the things that students look forward to most during the winter semester is the sunshine over spring and summer break. After being cooped up studying all school year, many students can’t wait to get outside and go swimming, hiking, sunbathing, or basically anything else in the summer...

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April Fools’ Day History

America is one of the safest, most secure nations in the world; however, one day a year many Americans, young and old, fear for their sanity on April Fools’ Day. Through the years, western cultures have often had a day of tomfoolery and pranking in the year. April Fools’...

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Women in Science

After famous mathematician Emily Noether’s death in 1935, Einstein said, “In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fraulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” Since Noether’s time, many more women have been credited with scientific...

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Sometimes, There is No Pot of Gold

Little leprechauns. Lots of green. Pots of gold. People pinching each other. These are a few signature traits of St. Patrick’s Day. As for the myth that the gold is always at the end of the rainbow, it turns out that sometimes, there is no end to the rainbow—at...

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