Monthly Archives: March 2018

Many interesting exoplanets.

Even though we are the most familiar with planets within our solar system, there have been many discoveries of exoplanets with the development of scientific technology and the improvement our understanding of the Universe. Among these exoplanets, there are some interesting and habitable planets outside our solar system. First of all, “Kepler-186f” was found to … Continue reading Many interesting exoplanets. Continue reading Continue reading

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Pluto and its interesting property.

  Once thought as the 9th planet of our solar system, Pluto is a dwarf planet and is part of the Kuiper belt. The first discovery of this dwarf planet was in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Until 2005, Pluto was considered as the 9th planet of the solar system. However, as another dwarf planet called … Continue reading Pluto and its interesting property. Continue reading Continue reading

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Blake’s Milton: the Quest for Self-Annihilation

For next Wednesday (4/4), students will answer the following question: Why does Milton need to “go down to self annihilation and eternal death”? (book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) Because this poem is so dense and confusing, I ask that students provide a close reading of ONE of the six passages listed below […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Rabbit Listened

I came across this book by chance.  Because it is the Easter season, the number of bunny-themed books on display at the book store had risen dramatically.  I was so glad for this happy coincidence because,  by the time I finished reading this book, I felt like I had been wrapped in a soothing hug.  The […] Continue reading

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Cold Worlds, Burning Hatred

Scientific discoveries are not made in a vacuum, and sometimes even the most brilliant and correct ideas are considered to be false due to horrifying and malicious ideologies. Albert Einstein’s discovery of relativity revolutionized the world of physics and astronomy. It provided a unified way to understand the universe and was backed up by both … Continue reading Cold Worlds, Burning Hatred Continue reading Continue reading

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Uranus Is Full of Gas

There are many things unique about Uranus. It rotates on its side, it was the first planet discovered with the use of a telescope, and it is the only planet named after a Greek deity instead of its Roman equivalent. In hindsight, the Roman name Caelus probably would have been a better choice. It may … Continue reading Uranus Is Full of Gas Continue reading Continue reading

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Winners Wednesday: A Different Pond

Bao Phi’s first children’s book was released in August 2017. This simple story was illustrated by Thi Bui and was a 2018 Caldecott Honor Book. For this story, Phi drew from his own childhood memories of fishing with his father on a lake in Minnesota. Phi’s family escaped Vietnam when he was still a child. […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays – My Name is Sangoel

“People who are forced to leave their homes and seek protection in a new country are called refugees. There are more than 300 million refugees in the world today. Most of them are women and children.” Meet Sangoel. When you read his name, how did you pronounce it? My Name is Sangoel, written by Karen […] Continue reading

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The Potential (and the Potential Challenges) of Life on Europa

When discussing the potential of finding life in our solar system, people are inclined to think of discovering large and complex life forms such as humans on another planet. Surprisingly, if we are to find life in our solar system outside of Earth, it will most likely be in the form of microorganisms within another … Continue reading The Potential (and the Potential Challenges) of Life on Europa Continue reading Continue reading

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What is St. Elmo’s Fire?

What is St. Elmo’s Fire? Well its not a 1980s “brat pack” movie, and it certainly has nothing to do with Sesame Street. In fact, St. Elmo’s Fire is a fascinating weather phenomenon that results from electrical charges in Earth’s atmosphere.  During (or shortly before/after) a thunderstorm, the difference in electrical charges between the air…

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