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Carbon Monoxide and Astrobiology

Carbon Monoxide and Astrobiology

On its face, carbon monoxide is an extremely dangerous gas, at least to humans. There are two reasons for this, one, given that it’s toxic to humans, it’s also somewhat insidious in that it has no color or odor leading to easy accidental poisoning in people exposed to it. The other is that it’s chemically …

How Seaweed Could Slow Down Climate Change

How Seaweed Could Slow Down Climate Change

We are hooked on meat. We chop, slice, and sink our teeth into it, it’s rooted in our genes and culture, and globally speaking, appetites are on the rise. The average amount of meat consumed per person has nearly doubled in the past 50 years. And this demand is putting an incredible amount of pressure …

Nitrogen Cycle | #aumsum

Nitrogen Cycle | #aumsum

Nitrogen Cycle. Magic book. Magic glares. Atmospheric Nitrogen. Mr. Smart. I constitute around 78% of the air. It’s time for Nitrogen Cycle. Leguminous Plant. Atmospheric nitrogen cannot be used directly by plants and animals. Nitrogen needs to get converted to nitrogenous compounds. This process is called Nitrogen fixation. So, go to my roots. Leguminous plant …

Is Height Genetic?

Is Height Genetic?

Hey smart people, Joe here. I am a descendent of giants. With a grandfather, dad, two uncles, and an aunt all towering over 6 feet tall. We are the people you don’t want to stand behind at a Bon Jovi concert, but we’re also the people who can get that thing off the top shelf …

Global Warming for Kids | #aumsum

Global Warming for Kids | #aumsum

Global Warming. Carbon dioxide. Methane. Nitrous oxide. We are responsible for greenhouse effect. Smoke from vehicles. Increase in level of carbon dioxide. Smoke from factories. Increase in level of greenhouse gases. Trees absorb carbon dioxide. Maintain carbon dioxide balance in the atmosphere. However, human beings are cutting trees for roads and buildings leading to deforestation. …

Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming

Forget everything you know about farming. Big open spaces, tractors, even soil. After thousands of years doing things pretty much the same old way, there’s a, well, growing trend in agriculture: vertical farming. Every green plant needs the same few ingredients to grow: light, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and some assorted nutrients and minerals. Via …

Life Cycle of a Butterfly | #aumsum

Life Cycle of a Butterfly | #aumsum

Our topic for today is Life Cycle of a Butterfly. A butterfly lays eggs on the leaves of a plant. These eggs hatch and young ones called larvae or caterpillars come out of the eggs. The caterpillar first feeds on the egg shell from which it is born. It then starts feeding on the leaves …

Seed Germination | #aumsum

Seed Germination | #aumsum

Our topic for today is Seed Germination. It’s time to work. I know. I will get the seed. The life of a plant begins from a tiny seed. The seed is protected by an outer covering called a seed coat. The seed contains a small baby plant called an embryo. Let’s sow the seed. Wait, …