I'm so excited the new Catching Fire movie trailer has been released:
April fools! Catch the much better version on which this one is based on YouTube. This video was brought to you with the help of a glue gun, burnt fingers, my husband who is much more tech savy than me and my 5 year old son who helped me film the fight scenes.
(Super cheesy, I know. I couldn't resist)
Here are a few eggy experiments to help you celebrate Easter weekend:
Suck an egg into a bottle (from The Naked Scientists): You'll need a hard boiled egg, a bottle with a slightly smaller neck, a little oil and a match (or you can try it with boiling water). You'll light the match and put it in the bottle, with will warm the air inside and cause it to expand. As the air cools, the egg will be sucked into the bottle. Read through the link for full directions, as well as instructions for getting your egg back out again.
Egg Geodes (from The Happy Scientist): You'll need clean egg shells and an egg carton to hold them, epsom salt, food coloring, and hot water. You'll finish with cool crystalized eggs. Read through the link for the directions.
Naked Egg or Rubber Egg (from Steve Spangler Science): You'll need an egg, a glass, and a lot of vinegar. Basically, you let the egg sit in the vinegar until the acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with the calcium carbonate in the egg shell and breaks it down. I saw a few other websites that said you could bounce it against your table, but do so at your own risk! Read through the link for full directions.
What other experiments can you think of?
The world is a big, awesome, crazy place full of amazing weirdness! If you keep your eyes open for it, you can spot it all around. Some of my favorite weirdness comes in the guise of… SCIENCE!
Here are a couple of my favorite ‘science’ books that put a new spin on things. They might make you reconsider how you view the universe.
The Dancing Wu Li Masters : An Overview of the New Physics by Gary Zukav: This book introduced me to particle physics but not in a boring, academic way. The voice is conversational, the science is real, and the possibilities that exist in and around us are mind blowing! You will never look at the world the same way again.
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto: Water holds memory and, according to the studies of Dr. Masaru Emoto, intention as well. Dr. Emoto exposed water to words and then froze the water into snowflakes which he would film. He noticed that positive words like ‘love,’ and ‘truth,’ would cause the water to transform into beautiful, perfect snowflakes. Negative words like, ‘hate’ or ‘pollution’ caused the water to transform into distorted, ugly snowflakes. This happened whether you spoke to the water or just put a sign close by the water with the word written on it. Crazy! But sooooo neat!
Some of you may already know how much I loved the Clarity books by Kim Harrington. When I realized she had a new book out I was a little worried; what if I didn’t like it? Never fear! It was amazing!
The Dead and Buried is a ghost story. A very spooky ghost story. Jade’s family moves into a new house they never should have been able to afford. When she starts poking around she realizes that the reason the house was so cheap is because the most popular girl in school, who also happened to be the meanest of mean girls, was murdered in the house last spring. And then Jade realizes that her little brother can see the ghost. And that the ghost can move her stuff around and destroy things. And it can possess people and make them do whatever it wants. Now the ghost needs Jade to solve the murder before it can move on, but it’s not very patient and it’s not very nice about it. Can Jade solve the murder before the ghost destroys her family?
Tweens & Teen Movie Time
Standley Lake Library
Friday, March 29th 1:00 – 2:45 pm
It’s spring break! Come to the library for a new DVD release.
Here are your hints for the movie showing:
1. Animated comedy
2. The star has massive hands
3. He wants to be a hero.
Call 303-235-5275 if you’d like more information.
(Photo credit: jasoneppink on Flickr)
Look for FICTION CLINE
I'm late to this party, but I still want to blab to everyone I know about this book! Ready Player One by Ernest Cline came out in 2011 and is set in the not too distant future. A future that is so bleak with fuel, job and food shortages, that most people on earth would rather plug into a virtual reality known as the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) than deal with reality. In the OASIS you can do anything you want, be anything you want, explore any and every universe ever created -- Star Wars, Arrakis, Star Trek, Tolkien... it's all there.
Our hero, Wade Watts was a young teen when the creator of the OASIS died and set in motion a crazy scavenger hunt for an 'Easter egg' hidden somewhere in the virtual world that is worth a fortune. Five years later no one has even come close to solving the puzzle until Wade finds the first of the three keys needed to find the Easter egg...
This book is filled with trivia about pop culture from the 1980's, gamer references galore, fast action and really likeable characters. I was really bummed when it ended, but I am hopeful that the rumors of an upcoming movie adaption are true. Then I will be able to lose myself in the game all over again!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has a release date of January 17th, 2014. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson have been cast and Brian Percival is the director. When the official trailer is available, we will share it. For now enjoy these homemade movie trailers.
Have you seen a Little Free Library? American Profile (which comes in the Denver Post) recently did a great article about them. Little free libraries are popping up all over the country. People build and decorate little boxes and then stock them with books. You can take a book, return it whenever you want, or replace it with a different book. And they're all different designs, too. Check the article for more pictures, or do a Google image search. I saw one in Denver the other day I was so excited that I had to take this picture!
Richard Feynman is a rare person who had both a sense of humor and also was an amazing scientist. He was instrumental in such events as inventing the atom bomb and also discovering the cause of the Challenger spaceship explosion. Feynman was a key scientist in the study of quantum physics, which explains the behavior of miniscule particles. While at Cornell University Feynman worked on an explanation for how particles interact with each other. He calculated all the possible ways a particle could move between two points, this is the path integral. He then created a graph that would calculate a particles path integral in both space and time showing how the particle moves. This graphic is appropriately called a Feynman Diagram.
Some interesting personal information about Feynman: He was rejected from the World War II draft for mental reasons. Apparently, he was too literal in the interview. He performed in the student production of South Pacific at Caltech. He was an expert safe cracker.