Gut-what? How to Tell Dew from Guttation

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When the excess rain saturates the ground, plant life will adapt accordingly. One of the ways some plants will adapt to the excess available moisture is through a process known as guttation.

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!

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I just wanted to take a moment to wish Stephen Hawking, one of the people who inspired me to study physics and astronomy, a very happy birthday!

Beautiful Dendrites: Snowflake Science

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If you’re dealing with this current Arctic cold blast in the upper Midwest, GeekMom Patricia will tell you about the gorgeous snowflakes can form in these temperatures.

GeekMom Mel Chats With Kyle Hill, Science Editor of Nerdist

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I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I love more than to read about science that’s presented in an entertaining and digestible way, especially when it pertains to topics I geek out about anyway, like comics and video games.

Science Literacy: Statistics Shmatistics

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Reading GeekMom will make your day 39% happier, your children 50% smarter, and the world 100% better. Hmm…maybe learning about statistics would help.

Space Opportunities and News

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Student unmanned aircraft competitions, opportunities to launch payloads on NASA rockets, a space anniversary, and more.

Hobby or Career?

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Trying to foster interests into possible career options for my high school son, but exploring astronomy turned out to be more of a hobby. Better to find out now?

Climate Literacy: Start Simple

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One of the biggest annoyances to me is when people point to cold temperatures as “proof” against global warming. Here’s a simple experiment!

Seed Science

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For many of us taught in traditional schooling, science “lab” was about following directions and if you didn’t get the correct result, you were wrong. That is a great way to kill anyone’s curiosity or love of true science. Don’t let that happen with your kids!

GeekMom Video Playlist

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LOTS of entertainment to help you procrastinate! From that crazy German supermarket commercial, to the physics of ice-skates, to zombie romance, to Tom Hiddleson winning a dance battle.

A Science Literate Family

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What’s a great way to bring science into your family life? Attend a talk by your local, friendly scientists!