Thursday, January 26, 2012


Did you have any coffee today? A lot of people did. The United States moves about 400 million cups of coffee every day! Everything from intricate gourmet coffee to the basic cup of plain coffee. Even the basic cup of coffee is still very complex, holding over 1500 chemicals! The most familiar is caffeine, of course. It takes caffeine about 30 minutes to be fully absorbed by our body. Once in the bloodstream, it actually does enhance thought process and the body's capacity for physical activity.

Also, coffee contains antioxidants. Actually, Americans get more antioxidants from cofee than any other food or beverage!

Several studies have suggested that coffee may even reduce the risk of various diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's!

For more coffee info check out this link: COFFEE also, check out some coffee-health-facts here, MORE COFfEE!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Question Your World - How often does it thunder??

Thunder!! by ScienceMuseumofVA

How often does thunder happen on Earth?

A LOT!! 2,000 times per minute!! Also impressive is the amount of lightning that strikes the Earth every minute. 6,000 lightning strikes per minute! These bright flashes and loud rumbles of thunder are scary to some, but rain fall is a vital part of what makes Earth such a wonderful place for us to live on.

Here's an idea. Instead of being startled by the next thunder rumble you hear, you can use it to do a mini weather forecast.
Once you see lightning, just count the amount of seconds before you hear thunder. Then divide that number by 5.

(seconds between the lightning flash and hearing thunder) 10/ 5 = 2
The storm is 2 miles away from you!
That's enough time to grab an umbrella!

Thunder is pretty impressive stuff.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Question Your World - Breathing

Question Your World - Breathing by ScienceMuseumofVA

Our bodies are pretty amazing and complex! A lot of the involuntary actions that we do every single second keep us alive and healthy. Breathing, for example, is one of the most basic functions of the human body. So, how often does a person do this? Well, on average about 15 times a minute! This varies based on activity level, but on average we are clocking in at around 15 breaths per minute. Check it out, do an experiment, try to count how many times you inhale/exhale in a minute. Try it while laying down, sitting up, walking, maybe even running.