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Hannah Penne


August 7, 2015

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.  It’s one of the most surprising facts about recycling.. that electronics can be recycled. E-Waste, or electronic waste, is the fastest growing waste stream in the world, and electronics contain many of the metals that are crucial to new technologies. Often, electronic waste is […]

Hook Echo Radar….Tornado May Arise

August 6, 2015

From the 1950s onward, the United States began to develop a series of tornado warning systems in the Midwest, where most of the tornadoes in the world occur. In 1953, a particular type of radar signature called a hook echo was associated with the thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. Today, predicting tornadoes is still found with radar. […]

Bald Eagles ….The Further North The Bigger They Are… Really

August 5, 2015

Bald eagles need  huge nests so that they have enough elbow room: bald eagles have an average wingspan of between 6 ft. and 7 1/2 ft. German biologist Carl Bergmann discovered a rule regarding the size of various species and their habitat. Called Bergmann’s rule, it stipulates that members of a species are larger the […]

People With Down Syndrome Are Just Like You And Me ….With Just A Little Help From Friends

August 4, 2015

People with Down syndrome are people like you and me. One of the most inspiring and misunderstood facts about Down syndrome  is that people with Down syndrome can live relatively normal lives, despite the challenges presented by their condition. A vast majority of  people with Down syndrome live by themselves and work in regular jobs. Being part […]

Columbus Wrote A Book …. Not A Travel Guide …. Really

August 3, 2015

Columbus studied the Bible intensely, along with the other books.  Like Martin Luther King, Jr.and other famous men of history, Columbus often quoted the Bible in his writings. Possibly one of the least known facts about Christopher Columbus is  that he published a book of religious writings at the end of his lifetime. In 1501 and 1502, […]

Mountain Of Silver…Where?

August 2, 2015

The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. The area that would later become Argentina was rumored to be rich in silver. There was a legend among European colonialists that there was a mountain made of silver in Argentina. The world for silver in Spanish is plata. Argentina was referred to as […]

Kristallnacht in 1938 Was the Worst Set of Pogroms Ever

August 1, 2015

In 1938, the Nazi Party began a massive series of pogroms ( Pogroms are riot-like events where groups of people of a particular ethnicity or background are threatened and killed). These would become known as the night of broken glass or Crystal Night, which is Kristallnacht in German. Throughout November of 1938, more than 7,000 […]

The Earth…Currently In The Middle of An Ice Age…Really

July 31, 2015

This is a most shocking fact about climate change. When the Earth is not experiencing an Ice Age, there is no ice at the poles. Currently there is ice at the poles on Earth, so we are still in an Ice Age. The current Ice Age is called the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation, and started over 2.5 million years […]

The First Solar Power Station Was Built in 1912

July 30, 2015

When water and other liquids are heated by solar energy, they undergo changes and can turn into a gas. For water, this gas is steam. As early as 1897, Frank Shuman had created a system that harnessed the Sun’s energy to power a small engine. His later systems improved, and used water to power a […]

Just The Facts Please…. The Bear Facts

July 29, 2015

For over 30 million years, bears in one form or another have roamed the Earth. The bear facts…there are 8 species of bear that are alive today: The North American black bear has a wide ranging habitat from as far north as Canada and Alaska, to as far south as Florida.   The polar bear is […]

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