Are you looking for something cool on the Internet? In the Information Age, it can seem quite tough to find something cool every day. However, that’s exactly what our site is all about. If you visit the site every day you’ll find something new each and every day of the year. We provide a wide variety of different cool things including the following. Today live-streaming video is one of the biggest trends in online videos. It can often include something cool and exciting that you’ve never seen before. Sometimes the video is something you’d likely see from the Guinness Book of World Records in terms of an amazing feat.

However, other times the video is more humorous and could include a person, place, or thing that’s really extraordinary. In that case, you’ll not only be amazed but also entertained at the same time. It’s a plus if a video can create both results so it’s something to watch out for. Not all of our posts are videos but they’re certainly one of the most interesting ones. It’s been said that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The same ratio could also be made when comparing videos and photos.

Today’s trends are constantly changing. When we find “cool” trends it’s not just about what music or clothing is hot at the time. For example, we might include some method that’s being used in the scientific world, for example. What really makes these trends unique is that they’re ones that most people aren’t aware of. For example, it could include an interesting method that’s used to conserve an endangered animal species. People who are working in the industry are probably aware of it. However, most people likely aren’t so this would classify as a cool trend in part because most people aren’t familiar with the trend.

This usually involves a photo or video. The world of nature is quite fascinating and includes tons of “cool” things. That’s why we often add a post to the site that includes something amazing from nature. In fact, we could almost make the site dedicated to cool things that are found in nature. However, for the sake of keeping the content varied we don’t do that. Still, there are so many cool thing sin nature it’s basically unlimited. That includes animals, plants, landscapes, and other things. We’re constantly searching the Internet to find new and exciting cool things to add to the site. Our goal is to keep finding new things that are amazing.

Most of us know that certain inventions such as the printing press took place. However, we might not know the various details that were involved in the invention. Even if the inventions aren’t commonly used in day-to-day life now, it’s still interesting to know the details about how things were invented. There are many examples. One of the most interesting ones is the sous vide machine. It resulted from the inventor noticing that no matter how good he was at grilling, his steaks weren’t coming out perfectly.. This inspired him to create an invention for perfectly cooking food, in a water bath, every time (read more about the sous vide machine inventor at Sous Vide Wizard.

This usually includes unique artwork that was created. For example, it might involve different works of art made from rare items including eggshells, hair, oats, and even pollen. This is quite interesting as when we think about art we tend to focus on drawings and paintings, for example.

However, the world of art is much more varied. In fact, artists have used just about every medium you could think of to create artwork. That’s why it’s quite cool when an artist uses a medium you never considered, in order to create artwork.

Another type of natural wonder is related to weather. Sometimes there is an interesting phenomenon that happens, such as in the sky. This indefinitely qualifies as something cool since it’s not something that people usually see in the weather. Examples include double rainbows and other events. We want to share these types of events because they’re rare and also quite cool to see in a photo. It’s definitely something interesting to check out.

Keep I mind that there are about 200 countries in the world and they all have some interesting traditions that make them unique. So it’s definitely cool to learn about the events. In fact, you might be so amazed that you’ll want to visit the place and experience the tradition yourself.

This could be a picture of just about anything, such as an island in the ocean. It can be quite tough to find a “cool” photo with the seemingly unlimited number of them available via email, social media, and other online channels.

However, we try to search the web for some of fascinating pictures. The subject can be just about anything including cities, nature, people, and so on. The only criteria are that it has to be “cool.” One criterionare that it should be interesting. However, that’s not really enough. We look for photos that have that “wow factor.” That’s what makes the images not only interesting but instead cool.

This is yet another type of cool thing that can happen around the world. It involves various events that happen in various countries or regions that are quite rare yet cool. You might or might not have heard of the traditional so it can be quite interesting to learn about them.

These are some of the types of posts we make every day to provide you with something cool every day.

This could be just about anything you could think of, including cool things in nature and other types. There’s always something in the world that you haven’t heard of, such as an interesting plant or animal. That’s why we often include a dictionary definition on our site to share some of the most amazing things in the world that you probably haven’t heard of.

Older Men Marrying Far Younger Women

Older Men Marrying Far Younger Women

An email I got tonight got me thinking. So I made a phone call to my Mom, and that got me thinking even more. For the most part, I think age is just a number. But when it comes to love and marriage? I don’t know.

When I was 12 we had a girl living with us, her name was *Patti, she was 20. She was no raving beauty, more on the mousy side, but the sweetest girl you’d ever meet. There was a friend of the family that was around quite a bit, he was older even than my parents, he was 53 and his name was *Dan. He was one smooth talking cowboy! He could convince you that rain was not wet!

Dan became very interested in Patti and asked her out, as a friend. They went out to the movies, they went and played tennis, went to dinner. I’ll never forget the day Dan came in and announced he and Patti were getting married. Everyone was shocked. Mom took Patti aside and asked if she realized what being married to a man old enough to be her grandfather was going to be like. Patti didn’t care, she was convinced she was in love.

So they married then moved to California. Through the years, you could tell Patti was getting more and more unhappy. They still did a lot of things together. But after the “glow” began to diminish, she began to realize things, things like, in his 50’s he was a bit set in his ways, he liked to do things older people enjoy, which, at first was great, but it got boring really quick.

The prime of her life was still coming while his had already been and gone. During her early 30’s she started having to really take care of him, he was in his 60’s, when she should’ve been out enjoying the hell out of life, she was nursing him. When she reached her 40’s the nursing schedule became even heavier. He was in his 70’s. He died when she hit her 50’s and he his 80’s. She had grown to almost hate him because he stole her life from her, with a few smooth talking words. She resented him, and thinking back on it. She realized, it wasn’t him she fell in love with, it was the way he told her what he knew she wanted to hear.

Even 10-15 years isn’t a bad age gap, but 33 years would steal a woman’s prime of her life from her. Mom faxed me some old letters she’d kept from Patti tonight. These letters began in the beginning years of their married life. By the end of the first year, you can tell that Patti was beginning to see what a difference there was in their ages. While she was ready to go out and do something in the afternoon, he wanted a nap. The sex was good, of course, he was a very experienced man, and apparently, very well…uh…built. But it didn’t take her long to realize that sex wasn’t everything. She grew restless for people her own age, but she’d married him and she took her vows seriously.She spent her years pretty much just taking care of him.

Yes, they had friends, some older, some younger. But it had become embarrassing to her because people always thought she was his daughter or granddaughter. Then when they found out they were husband and wife, it made people uncomfortable so they didn’t hang around.

When the passion wore off, she quickly realized what a mistake she’d made. Yes, she loved him, but at the same time resented him and the seeds of hating him for taking her youth, were beginning to form. When he passed away, she was a little sad, but more happy that she could finally begin living her own life at the age of 50. She had basically missed her 20’s 30’s and 40’s.

So I don’t know…10-15 years, that’s alright, not too big a deal, but 20-30 years is a whole one or even two generations different. Especially when you are only in your 20’s. Even though she may be convinced she’ll love him forever, you have to wonder how long it will actually take before the seeds of resentment take hold, then the hatred. And I would think that sentencing a woman that’s convinced she’s in love with a man 30 years older than herself, would fall under Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

Of course, I could be wrong, you do see these young women hanging all over all these rich old men! lol…of course…in that situation there’s an ulterior motive, and she’s hoping he’s got one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel.

In my 20’s I always though anyone over 30-35 looked ancient! I can’t imagine thinking I was in love with someone my grandpa’s age!

I don’t know. I won’t say it’s wrong or it’s right. That’s not my place, and my thoughts are based on one specific relationship that I have specific knowledge of. But…i’ve heard basically the same thing from women who got involved with a much older man. I would like to hear your opinion on this subject. Please drop me a line!

*The names in this story have been changed.

All the “Cool Kids” Are Doing It

All the "Cool Kids" Are Doing It

My older brother and I often joke with each other and use simple cliche’s to get our points across to each other when we engage in friendly debates. “Don’t put the carriage before the horse” or “Don’t jump the gun”, he says to encourage me to take my time and be patient. “Take a chill pill” or “Woo-Sah”, I say to him to encourage him to calm down and relax.

“All the cool kids are doing it”, we both say to each other jokingly to encourage one another to do something we know we need to do, but lack the motivation.

However, this last cliche saying seems to have a little more social clout than other sayings.

It has been my observation in all social settings that there is power in numbers; whether consciously or subconsciously.

While enjoying an outing at the mall, shopping and having “Me time”, I always like to people-watch. I often just grab a pretzel and cop a squat on a bench in a high-traffic area where I know I’ll be able to observe some interesting social interactions. The other day as I was finishing my pretzel and lemonade I observed a thirteen, maybe fourteen-year old girl conversing with a friend she ran into while shopping (It still amazes me that in this day and age pre-teens and young teens are “dropped off” to roam the mall alone with only their same-aged friends who are equally as unexperienced as they are to accompany them).

The young girl seemed delighted by the encounter, hugging the friend as if she had not seen her in ages, when I’m sure they had no doubt seen each other hours ago while at school. As their conversation progressed the young lady who intially seemed delighted in bumping into the young lady suddenly was overcome with the worst case teenage angst I had ever seen. She began cursing, using her hands to make rude gestures and moving her neck in violent motions that would surely give her whiplash. Her entire demeanor and attitude towards the young lady had changed. What caused this sudden burst of attitude, rude language and behavior and disdain for her friend of five minutes ago? She had been joined by a group of four other teenaged girls.

These four other teenaged girls apparently disliked the young lady and had no problem whatsoever making quite a spectacle of themselves as they displayed just how much they disliked her. The young girl’s delighted demeanor was immediately altered by her group of friends.

It was clear this was not the first time this young lady had acted this way. She displayed no remorse as the other young lady walked away, the five girls laughing, pointing at her and snickering as she entered a nearby store. The girl who was obviously being picked on had clearly experienced this before as well, walking with her down and shaking it as though she knew that if those other four girls had shown up this was exactly what was going to happen.

The power of numbers. It is scary how the influence of four teenagers can cause one teenager to completely change her opinion, attitude, demeanor and basically her personality.

The fact is this: “All the cool kids are doing it” is a phrase that will never be false.

The socially strange and scary thing is this: The group classified as the “cool kids” is no longer composed of what the “cool kid” group is usually composed of.

The “cool kid” group is no longer the kids with the best clothes, clearest skin, best hair and membership in the most extracurricular activities. The “cool kid” group is officially whatever group of individuals has formed an alliance based upon any combination of similarities in any combination of social or personal categories and have pledged allegiance to each other and agreed that they are their own definition of “cool”.

With these standards, the “cool kid” group could be three teenagers who all have asthma, like Ja Rule and manage to play the harmonica despite their handicap. The “cool kid” group is becoming more inclusive and with good reason. There is power in numbers.

Another cliche’ comes to mind when exploring the power in numbers notion: “Two heads are better than one”.

This cliche shows how the “cool kid” group is growing in popularity even more than ever before because children these days think it is easier to make decisions based on the thoughts of their friends as opposed to making decisions based upon their own thoughts. In the case with the five mean girls against the one girl, five heads are better than one. This formula allows the teenagers to easily transfer blame for bad decision making when confronted by parents or other authority figures. They use the knowledge of their own easily influenced personalities to shy away from responsibility and ownership of their actions.

Be careful, they’re smarter than they look. They just don’t want you to think so.

What is Turbidity?

What is Turbidity

I have always been interested in my local environment, but it water that captivated me. Water has intrigued me since I was a small child wading in murky streams and ponds, hunting for creatures. As I grew older, I was able to appreciate the water for something more than the organisms it harbored, but for its place in the ecosytem. I began asking myself questions concerning organisms and their environment. I became interested in turbidity.

The purpose of this experiment was to find the relationship between a water’s origin or condition and its turbidity level, which was measured in JTU (Jackson Turbidity Units). It was hypothesized that if the water sample had a high acid concentration, then the water would be less turbid because fewer organisms would be able to survive in such conditions. To briefly summarize, five water types were collected: tap, melted snow, pond, stream, and shaken tap. (One tap water sample remained in its original state, while the other was vigorously shaken for one minute). The samples were then analyzed using the Logger Pro turbidity sensor and a laptop computer. The mean for pond water was 132.81 JTU, 128.67 JTU for the shaken tap water,134.13 JTU for the melted snow,138.22 JTU for the stream, and 136.18 JTU for the tap. Larger numbers indicate more turbid water. The range of the readings was 14.55 JTU, which was between the stream water (upper extreme) and the shaken tap water (lower extreme). The readings were abnormally high, which was most likely due to the amount of precipitation or technicalities experienced with the equipment. The hypothesis was therefore not supported.

The purpose of this experiment was to find the effect of water type on turbidity. (Water type refers to the water’s origin or condition). This topic was chosen to test Virginia’s water quality and potability, as well as to explore the connections between biology, geology, and ecology.

Turbidity is the concentration of suspended organic or inorganic particles in a given water sample that prevent light from passing through (Random House College Dictionary: “turbidity”). (Alternative terms are “poor transparency”, “murky”, “contrast reduction “, “hazy”, “poor clarity”, and “lateral luminosity”). Factors that affect turbidity are the particle size, particle shape, refractive index and the wavelength of light . Being aware of the turbidity levels in local streams can assist residents when installing dishwashers and washing machines, monitoring the water quality, and when building and maintaining pools and spas (Turbidity).

There are numerous particles that thrive in water. Some examples of inorganic particles that may be in the samples are barium, copper, fluoride, nitrate, lead, quartz, feldspar, iron, silica, carbonates, aluminum. Algae, protozoans, and insect larvae are just a few of the myriad organic particles that may populate bodies of water (Turbidity). These particles are responsible for the water’s appearance, as well as transparency. For instance, sunlight is able to penetrate relatively clear ocean water 262 feet and less than 164 feet in hazy ocean water (Bobick and Balaban, 90).

The prominent contributors to turbid waters are phytoplankton. (Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that conduct photosynthesis to obtain food). However, shoreline erosion, channelization, large schools of bottom-feeding fish occupying an area (carp, for example), floods, constant rainfall,bubbles, and pollution can increase turbidity, also (Turbidity).

However, human interaction plays a major role in turbidity, too. Humans depend on water for consumption, recreation, cleaning, irrigation, agriculture, and hydroelectric power. Soil erosion from croplands and construction sites, debris from commercial and residential activities, run-off from pools and sewage, logging, mining, (Turbidity), and pesticides used in farming and lawn care can cause water to be murkier ( Pets swimming in the water can stir up the contents of stream beds and leave parasites, which cause the turbidity levels to escalate (Turbidity).

Additionally, drinking water with a high turbidity level may be hazardous to one’s health because some of the particles creating a cloudy semblance may include bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, which can spread waterborne maladies (Turbidity). One example of harmful microbial life in streams are amebas (Dorling Kindersley Science Encyclopedia, 314).

Furthermore, acid rain depletes bodies of water of aquatic plants and animals, which decreases turbidity levels. Sensitive creatures disappear when pH levels fall to six. Macrophytes are pH- sensitive microorganisms that thrive in streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. If the macrophyte population decreases, many animals will be left with no food source because they occupy a major link of the local food chain (Turbidity) Of course, bodies of water have natural acidity, but the organisms have adapted to it through evolution (Turbidity).

Finally, excess particle matter can reduce the depth of bays and lakes through erosion. The particles from layers and as a result, the body of water becomes shallow. This endangers animal habitat because branches can be crushed and may collapse on breeding grounds; rock shelters can be filled with soil so that animals are not able to live in the crevices; insect larvae are delicate and the weight of the sediments produced by erosion can easily kill them. Silt can also impair fish’s ability to breathe by damaging their gills (Turbidity).

The hypothesis was that if the water sample was derived from an area with a high acid concentration, then it would be more turbid because fewer organisms would be able to survive in such conditions. The independent variable was the type of water. The levels of the independent variable were pond water, stream water, melted snow, tap water, and shaken tap water. The dependent variable was turbidity and was measured in JTU (Jackson Turbidity Units). The constants included air temperature, water temperature, air pressure, and light exposure. The control for this experiment was information from a reference source, which stated that the tap waster should be the least turbid.

The following materials were gathered: five juice bottles of equivalent size (capacity did not matter, as long as all of the bottles were identical), one bottle of food coloring, five beakers, one roll of masking tape, one permanent marker, one laptop computer, one floppy disk, and one Logger Pro turbidity measuring kit. Each juice bottle was then labeled A, B, C, D, or E with the masking tape and permanent marker. Water was then derived from a local stream and poured into bottle A. Water from the tap was put in bottle B and food coloring was added. Then, snow collected from outside was placed in bottle C and was shaken to quicken the melting process. Bottle D was filled with tap water and bottle E with pond water. Then, the five beakers were labeled A, B, C, D, or E with the masking tape and permanent marker. Bottle A water was poured into beaker A, bottle D water into beaker D, and bottle E water into beaker E. Bottle B and bottle C water remained in their respective bottles. The laptop computer was then plugged in to the outlet in the wall and attached to the turbidity sensor. An empty tube was placed in the turbidity sensor and was calibrated, followed by the tube filled with water included in the kit. Water from beaker A was analyzed as described in the instructions enclosed in the kit. The results were saved to the floppy disk. The water in bottle B was shaken vigorously for one minute so that bubbles would form and was poured into beaker B. Water B was analyzed exactly as water A had been. Bottle C was placed over the heating system if it had not melted. If it had, then it was analyzed in the same manner as water A. Waters D and E were analyzed in the same fashion. Each water was analyzed a total of ten times.

The turbidity for stream water was 138.22 JTU, 128.67 JTU for shaken tap water, 134.13 JTU for the melted snow, 136.18 JTU for the tap water, and 132.81 JTU for the pond water. The greatest difference in JTU measurements was between the stream water and the shaken tap water. The range was 14.55. The hypothesis that if the water sample had a high acid concentration, then the water would be less turbid because fewer organisms would be able to survive in such conditions was not supported by the data.

The title of this experiment was the effect of water type on turbidity. The purpose of was to find the relationship between a water sample’s origin or condition on its turbidity level measured in JTU (Jackson Turbidity Units). The averages for stream water, shaken tap water, melted snow, tap water, and pond water were as follows, respectively: 138.22 JTU, 128.67 JTU,134.13 JTU,136.18 JTU, and 132.81 JTU. The range of the data was 14.55 JTU. It was hypothesized that if the water sample had a high acid concentration, then the water would be less turbid because fewer organisms would be able to survive in such conditions. The results did not support the hypothesis because due to previous experimentation, it was discovered that despite the fact that the stream, pond, and snow had higher pH levels than the shaken tap and tap water, their readings were within 15 units of each other, which did not accurately display the significant difference that should have occurred. In similar experiments, the results revealed that the pond and stream water contained larger amounts of inorganic and organic particles than the tap water. The other researchers’ results do not support the results of this experiment because the readings were lower in theirs. Perhaps the immense precipitation caused the contents of the stream and pond to be distributed throughout the bodies of water, leading to high readings. The tap water probably was highly concentrated with particles because the precipitation caused the particles in the local reservoir to be distributed throughout the pipe systems in Arlington county or simply because the pipe system connected to the sink that the samples were obtained from must be replaced. To produce results more correctly conveying the ascending order of turbidity levels in water types in future experiments, the water samples should be collected during a day closely representing average precipitation levels in the area. As an improvement to the experiment, the water samples should not be exposed to varied air pressure, light, or temperature changes because this could kill any living organisms in the sample, thus causing a lower turbidity level to be read by the turbidity sensor.


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In Search of the Traditional Family

In Search of the Traditional Family

For decades, television has portrayed their version of the traditional family. By observing these traditional families we identify how society has changed as well as what became the norm. Traditional families have changed since the fifties, that is to say the father worked, and the mother takes care of the home and the children.

One such television family is the Anderson’s (1954 -1958). Jim Anderson work as a manager of an insurance company while Margaret maintained the home and took care of their three children Betty, James, and Kathy. Take note of the clothing they wore in comparison to today, the women and girls wore dresses the men wore suites and the boys white shirts and slacks. It was tradition for families to sit together for meals such as breakfast and dinner. Traditional families both real life and television life in the fifties seemed to show more of a moral standard a degree of diversity in comparison to the nuclear families such as the (Sopranos).

Traditionally children grew up with two parents of a stable marriage, today however, divorce has increased within society and again television shows such as “Judging Amy” depicts what is it does to a family to be a divorced career woman . It has been suggested that children from divorced families will likely consider divorce themselves. (Amato, 2001)

Family conversations and cultural teachings have changed as well, during the era of the Anderson’s families didn’t talk openly about [what was considered private or controversial] such as birth control and abortion it wasn’t until after the show Maude (1972) that families began to talk more openly. Time has illustrated the traditional family has changed from the suburbs “Anderson’s” to families with parents both working, to single parents which has emerged within our society, we live in today. Still we may still ponder as to what is a traditional family could the answer be in the next family television show.

Science Experiments for Kids: Air

Science Experiments for Kids: Air

Science can be a really fun subject for kids, especially when it involves experiments.

A few exciting science experiments not only keep kids entertained, but they also help teach kids about important scientific concepts. In this article, I’ll detail a few exciting experiments that are easy, inexpensive, a lot of fun, and teach your child all about the wonders of air and air pressure.

Submarine Sock:

Step One: Take a sock and stuff it into a glass or clear cup. Make sure that the sock is stuffed tightly enough into the glass that it does not fall out when the glass is turned upside down.

Step Two: Fill a sink or bowl with water.

Step Three: Turn the glass upside down and immerse it in the water. You will notice that even though the glass is completely covered by water, the sock stays dry!

Why does it work?

This science trick uses the same air principle as the diving bell did for early ocean explorers. The tiny air particles (invisible to the eye) fill all of the available space in the glass and around the sock. When the glass is immersed upside down in the water, the air particles press against the water and keep it out of the glass (and away from the sock). It is only when you immerse the glass much deeper that the air particles compress, allowing a bit of water into the glass.

Floating Water:

Step One: Fill a glass with water, allowing the glass to get so full that the water overflows. A smaller glass works best for this experiment.

Step Two: Place a postcard on the brim of the glass.

Step Three: Holding the postcard in place, turn the glass upside down. Now, slowly move your hand away from the postcard and be amazed as the water stays in the glass!

Why does it work?

Water presses down on the postcard with a pressure of a few ounces per square inch. Air pressure, on the other hand, is pressing upwards on the postcard with a much greater pressure, roughly 100 times as strong. Because the air pressure per square inch (also known as PSI) is greater than the water pressure, the water is able to hang in the glass with only a thin postcard keeping it in the container.

The Impossible Postcard:

Step One: Bend a postcard into a curve so that it looks like an arch when placed on a flat surface.

Step Two: Place the arched postcard on a table and blow hard underneath it; it will not move! Now try blowing softly underneath the postcard. What happens?

Why does it work?

This trick works because of a scientific principle discovered by Daniel Bernoulli – the pressure of gas is higher as it moves at a lower speed. Conversely, gas pressure is lower at a higher speed.

So, the harder you blow on the postcard, the faster the gas (air) is moving, and the lower the gas (air) pressure is underneath the postcard. At this point, the low gas pressure produced by blowing under the card is no match for the more powerful air pressure pressing on the top of the postcard, and the postcard stays in place. The harder you blow the postcard, the more it will cling to the table.

Sneaky Air

Step One: Place a lighted candle on the table. If your little scientist is young, you’ll want to have adult in charge do this step.

Step Two: Place a bottle in front of the burning candle; about 6″ (15 cm) is a pretty good distance, but try experimenting with different distances, and see if the results are the same.

Step Three: Get in front of the bottle (so that it is directly between you and the candle) and blow. It should look like you are magically blowing out the candle right through the bottle!

Why does it work?

When the air flow hits the bottle, the air currents divide and go around the bottle, clinging to the sides of the bottle as they move. The air currents the rejoin on the other side of the bottle and hit the flame of the candle, blowing it out. Since air currents can separate and rejoin without much loss of strength, the air flow will practically be as strong when it hits the candle flame as it was when it originally left your mouth.

Speedy Coin Flip:

Step One: Place a coin on the table – a dime works best.

Step Two: Lean down so that you are fairly level with the coin and blow on it from the front. Try to blow sharply under the coin. Does it move?

Step Three: Now, sharply blow a few inches directly above the coin (blowing straight ahead over the dime) and watch it flip!

Why does it work?

When you blow sharply across the top of the coin, the air pressure over the coin is reduced, and the air pressure surrounding the coin flows in several directions. This lifts the coin and allows it to flip across the table. Much like the postcard science trick, the air is not able to lift the coin from underneath; the air currents around the coin must be agitated to eventually lift the coin.

Science Experiments for Kids: Ice and Cold

Science experiments are a fantastic way for kids to learn about scientific principles without getting bored. In this article, I’ll detail a few science experiments that are simple, a lot of fun, and teach your child all about the wonders of cold and ice.

Magic Ice

What you’ll need:


1 ice cube


A matchstick or small piece of yarn


Step One: Place an ice cube in the bowl, and fill the bowl with water.

Step Two: Lay either a matchstick or a short piece of yarn across the ice cube.

Step Three: Sprinkle salt on the ice cube. After a few seconds, grab the matchstick/yarn, and lift the ice cube out of the bowl like magic!

Why does it work?

The saltwater has a higher freezing point than freshwater; sprinkling salt on the ice cube causes the salty surface of the ice cube to melt a bit. As the ice melts, heat is consumed and taken from the freshwater that is hiding under the matchstick/yarn (since no salt reached this protected area of the ice cube). As the heat is taken from under the matchstick/yarn, the ice under it freezes around the object, and makes it possible to lift the ice cube without actually touching the cube.

Simple Wind Experiment

What you’ll need: (this one requires practically nothing!)


Your finger…that’s it!

Step One: Get your finger wet, and hold it up like you are pointing at the ceiling.

Step Two: Pay attention to which side of your finger is feeling colder – that is the direction from which the wind is blowing on you.

Why does it work?

As the moisture evaporates from your finger’s surface, heat is used up, and your finger feels cold. The wind speeds the rate of evaporation, and the side of your finger facing the air current will experience greater heat loss; this, in turn, makes that side of your finger feel colder than the other side of your finger.

Growing Ice

What you’ll need:

Small bottle or jar


A freezer

Step One: Fill a small bottle or jar to the brim with water.

Step Two: Place the bottle/jar in the freezer, being careful not to spill any of the water. Make sure not to seal the container.

Step Three: A few hours later, take the bottle/jar out of the freezer and be amazed at the ice tower that has grown taller than its container!

Why does it work?

Water expands as it gets cold, especially when it nears its freezing point. At freezing (32ºF or 0ºC), the expanded water’s volume has increased by about 1/11th, and is forced out of the opening of the bottle/jar. This is why the ice outgrows its container by the time you pull it out of the freezer.

Iceberg in a Glass

What you’ll need:

A glass

1 ice cube


Step One: Put an ice cube in a glass.

Step Two: Fill the glass to the brim with water so that the ice cube is floating above the surface of the water like an iceberg. What do you think will happen as the ice cube melts? Will the glass overflow as the ice melts? The surprising answer is no!

Why does it work?

Just like the “Growing Ice” experiment, this experiment works off of the same principle of water increasing in volume by about 1/11th as it freezes. Since the ice is lighter than the water, it floats along the surface, much like an iceberg would float along the surface of a larger body of water.

So why wouldn’t the water increase in the glass as the ice melts? The ice cube loses its volume as it melts. As it does this, the water from the melted ice cube exactly fills the space that the ice had taken up in the water. So with every milligram of melt, that amount of ice volume is lost, and the exact equivalent of water is added to the glass. In other words – it all evens out and no overflow occurs!

Cool thing of the day: Best First Foods for Sous Vide Machines

Are you just getting started with sous vide machines? They’re a great option for preparing tasty and healthy dishes using a slow-cooking process. However, if you’re operating your first unit it’s important to choose certain dishes that are ideal options for newbies. Here are some of them:

  1. Eggs

Whatever could be wrong about using traditional methods for cooking eggs? Quite simply, using sous vide machines can help to prepare ‘egg-cellent’ eggs. In fact, it could almost be said that eggs were invented for sous vide techniques.

That’s because the food contains a wide variety of proteins that set at various temperatures. This means you’ll use single-degree precision in order to maximize the results.

You can also use the egg’s water-tight cooking vessel—its shell. As a result, you won’t have to deal with plastic bags as well as a vacuum.

A sous vide cooker allow you to cook eggs to any texture you want, ranging from barely-set to hard-boiled. You can also make great poached eggs, which are perfect for your breakfast.

  1. Chicken breast

This is easily one of the top first recipes when you’re getting started with sous vide machines. Why should you avoid using traditional methods? The main issue is texture. When you use traditional methods such as ovens the temperature you have to cook the chicken at is higher than the ideal one in terms of texture.

The problem is that you’ll end up with chicken that’s dry and also stringy. The sort-of good news is when you use a low-temp oven you can lower the safety point. However, the problem is still related to the limit.

A better option is sous vide machines. That can help to reduce the temperatures down to 140°F (60°C). Keeping the cooking at that temp for a long time will help to pasteurize the meat as if you were heating it up to 165°F.

You might be wondering how this option will affect the diner. The chicken will still include flavor and juices. In fact, it will be just as good as a veal chop. If you want to learn more you can find tons of information about this issue. It will help to prepare tender chicken that’s juicy as it is flavorful!

These are some of the top foods to start out with if you’re also starting with best sous vide reviews. Are you ready to get started with eggs and chicken?