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The Mathematics of Nature’s Patterns

By Patricia Jenkins | March 3, 2017

If you are looking for more information about the mathematics behind patterns, but math was not your favorite subject, here is a rudimentary review for those of us who are not math-inclined. For an overview of the math behind nature’s patterns, check out this video. Produced by Alom Shaha in a straightforward manner, it discusses the mathematics…

Child Development Research

By Adele Rios | March 1, 2017
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At CuriOdyssey, child development research is on our radar. We use that science superpower for good in everything from our exhibit design to classroom activities. It is our pleasure to share great child development discoveries with you. Gardener or Carpenter Are you a ‘gardener’ or a ‘carpenter’ parent? Based in a plethora of research, what Dr.…

More Wildlife in Winter

By CuriOdyssey | February 21, 2017
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Our Wildlife in Winter blog article on the behaviors wildlife uses to cope with cold winter weather was very popular.  Here are a few more examples of the incredible ways wild animals have adapted and behaviors they use to survive in the cold. Hummingbirds Hummingbirds look frail but are incredibly tough birds.  In cold weather, their 107 degree body…

Wildlife in Winter

By Laurie Wagner | February 13, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what animals in the wild do to cope with the cold of winter? Some bears go into torpor to lower their temperature and heart  rate, saving energy until food is more plentiful in spring.  Some bird species migrate to find food.  Many animals get warm winter coats and some even change the color of their fur…

Simple Ways You Can Help Wildlife

By CuriOdyssey | January 21, 2017

We all love seeing animals in the wild and want to help them however we can.  Adopting a few simple behaviors make our environment friendlier and less toxic for animals in the wild. Here are a few very easy changes we can all make in our own daily lives that make the world a friendlier place for wildlife. Avoid Rodenticides!…

Patterns Found in Nature

By CuriOdyssey | January 18, 2017

CuriOdyssey is exploring visual and auditory patterns found in nature in a series of blog posts and in our upcoming new exhibit, THE NATURE OF PATTERNS.  A few of the patterns we will delve into are: Symmetries (mirror & radial) Fractals (branching) Spirals Flow Foam Waves Tiling Cracks Spots & stripes Plus, auditory patterns These…

What’s inside a Leaf?

By CuriOdyssey | January 6, 2017

    With a few simple home ingredients you can remove the cellulose in a leaf and reduce it to its lignin skeleton! Be sure to have an adult help you out with this experiment! Process We start off by creating our solution – Mix 2 cups of water and 4 teaspoons of washing soda…

Animal Defenses

By Laurie Wagner | December 8, 2016

Have you ever felt scared? What did you do? Did your body react? When we feel scared our bodies naturally respond to whatever it is that makes us afraid. For example, if we hear a loud sound we might hold still or feel our heart beat faster. We have natural defense mechanisms to help us…

5 Animal Species Who Use Tools

By Patricia Jenkins | September 27, 2016

For years, humans thought they  were the only creatures to use tools. But it’s not true!  Certain animal species use tools to eat, play and survive. Here are just five species who use tools in everyday activities. Who Used Tools First,  Humans or Monkeys? Did humans first learn to use tools by observing monkeys use…

Five innovators you’ve never heard of

By Hillary Hempstead | August 24, 2016

Give it up for these innovators in science! We have these five creators, researchers and inventors to thank for very disparate things – like the discovery of the Plesiosaur, raincoats that keep us dry and the piano to keep us entertained!  Read on to find out which incredible minds we have to thank – and…

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