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Children of Terra



Grow your own bacterial culture!

Posted on October 1, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (3274)

Hidden amongst us is an entire world, unseen. It exists all around as, as well as within us. This world is teeming with a wild diversity of life that is everchanging and evolving. This world is the microworld, and within it exists a great many creatures and organisms. Viruses, bacteria, and fungus are the most common. Tiny insects and other creatures, like the tardigrade, live within this realm as well. The micro world consists of tiny things that we cannot see without the aid of magnifying l...

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Preserving Bugs in Gel

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (218)

I had a friend growing up that, like most kids, was fond of collecting things. Unlike the other kids, who were collecting the hottest trading cards or newest video games, he liked to collect bugs. Any time he found a dead bug, he’d take it home and add it to his collection. Of course, some of the other kids in our group would make fun of him. I loved going on a bug hunt with him, though. Every trip we took, I’d learn something new from him. Until I met him, I had no idea of the di...

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An underwater volcano in your home!

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (142)

They have been worshipped as the homes of the gods. They have been studied by a wide range of scientific minds, from geologists to microbiologists. They can destroy and create. Volcanoes are extreme features on our landscapes, and the though the processes that control them are relatively well understood, there’s still so much we don’t know about them. Even less is known about oceanic volcanoes, due to the difficulty of studying them in extreme underwater environments. One thing th...

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Build your own simple DIY plant press

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (165)

Have you ever been taking a walk and noticed a plant you didn’t recognize? There’s an app for that! In fact, there are quite a few apps to help identify plants. Sometimes, though, they don’t work right. The photo recognition technology these apps use isn’t perfect, and can get confused. Sometimes you don’t have service, or your battery is too low to take a picture. When technology fails, it’s usually best to know the “old-school” method of doing...

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Bugs, bats, and birds: Building a DIY Bughouse

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (69)

Finish this sentence: Bugs are…


I’m really hoping your answers were something along the lines of “awesome" or “extremely beneficial", because they are! Bugs are (at least partially) responsible for pollination, maintaining the health of our soil, recycling nutrients, and even breaking down our waste! Some species are beneficial in that they prey on bugs that may harm our crops or carry disease. Not only are they b...

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DIY Turmeric Indicator

Posted on November 18, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (23195)

An incredibly versatile and delicious herb, turmeric has been for at least four or five thousand years. Its use has been documented since ancient times as a culinary herb for color and flavor, cloth and food dye, paint, medicine, and" target="_blank">so much more! A staple in Indian and southeast Asian cooking, turmeric has even become a favorite in many parts of the U.S. for its deep color and rich flavor. Would you ha...

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Mystic Woods Body Butter

Posted on September 17, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (78)

Think fall scents and what comes to mind? For a lot of people, it might be pumpkin spice. Others, it might be the smell of a campfire and hot apple cider. For me, it’s the smell of fresh cut cedar wood. Sounds kind of odd at first, until you think about the campfires and wood stoves all of that wonderful fall food is being cooked over. With the season of autumn aromas right around the corner, that means dry skin season isn’t far behind. A lot of us turn to special lotions and mois...

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Winter STEM: Making Frost

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (98)

The winter weather is blasting here in Ohio. First we had rain, then ice, and now it’s just tons of snow. The least favorite part of many Ohioans morning routines is scraping the ice off of their cars and defrosting the windows. Ohioans of all ages know this struggle. If all of the ice and snow is on the outside of the car, why do we see ice crystals on the inside of the windows? This is called frost! You can learn how it forms with a super simple kitchen science experiment, using thing...

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Lakes and rivers... under the ocean?

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (49)

I love our lakes and rivers. They can be found, at least seasonally, in almost every of the world. They are always so beautiful and majestic. A wide variety of processes can form our waterways, and support an even wider variety of life! Have you ever imagined a river existing underwater, though? No, not like in in the cartoons, but an actual flowing river! Or even a lake, complete with waves rippling across the surface? These underwater waterways exist, and are becoming a focal point of study...

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Experimenting With Atmospheric Pressure

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (172)

Have you ever thought about being a meteorologist? Or maybe an engineer? What about a career with a bit more action, like an astronaut or firefighter? As with most careers, first you’ll need to learn an awful lot about quite a few things. Something that all of these professions must learn about, though, is atmospheric pressure. This is the measurement of the weight of the air. Atmospheric pressure effects our weather, our cars and buildings, the behavior of fire, our ability to survive ...

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