A Life Spent Wondering

What Causes Leaves to Change Color in Autumn?

What Causes Leaves to Change Color in Autumn?

When it comes to seasonal scenery, Autumn provides some of the best views. As the trees' leaves change from green, we are given one last treat from nature before another frigid winter takes center stage. What is it about the leaves that generate these color changes? read more

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Where the Earth's Oxygen is Generated

Where the Earth's Oxygen is Generated

If someone were to ask, “where does Earth's oxygen come from?” your thoughts may jump to the plants, the trees, the rainforest. Vegetation does take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, after all. It's what we were all taught in school—and it's undoubtedly true—but this is only half the story. read more

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The Trails of Comet Tails

The Trails of Comet Tails

Comets are one of the neatest phenomena we have the pleasure of observing within our own solar system. The most noticeable part of any comet is its tail. Capable of stretching thousands to millions of miles into space, the tail looks as if it traces out the path of the comet's travel, leaving a trail of debris where the comet once was, but this is not quite the case. read more

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The Cosmic Origin of Aurora

The Cosmic Origin of Aurora

If you are fortunate to live close enough to the Earth's poles then you may have seen the aurorae, colored waves of lights that move through the sky high above. They have also been the subject of photographic interest for those willing to brave the cold to capture the perfect photo of this phenomenon. At first it would seem that the aurorae happen within the scope of our planet, but the story starts much further away. read more

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Do Toilets Flush the Opposite Way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Do Toilets Flush the Opposite Way in the Southern Hemisphere?

Our planet is capable of producing some massive storm systems, one of which is hurricanes. We learn early on that in the Northern hemisphere, hurricanes rotate counterclockwise and in the Southern hemisphere, clockwise. Somehow along the way, this idea was extrapolated to include other types of rotating systems like toilets flushing or water draining from a tub. Is this a logical connection or just foolishness? read more

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Why are Colors so Vibrant After a Rainstorm?

Why are Colors so Vibrant After a Rainstorm?

One neat thing about living in a warm climate is the awesome weather that comes rolling through. Sometimes there will be a loud storm with all the excitement of thunder and lightning, other times it will be a quick pop-up shower that appears and disappears 10 minutes later. During the day, if the storm clouds dissipate quickly after the rain stops, the sun will return to illuminate wet landscapes, but this time the colors look much more vivid. What is it about the rain that causes this effect? read more

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