STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – December 23

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Written by Kristin Kish, Digital Marketing Intern. 

Between school, homework, practice and spending time with loved ones, it’s easy to miss out on the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and math. But don’t worry, Thinkery’s got you covered. Here are some of our favorite STEAM discoveries from the previous week. It’s fuel for your weekend.

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Photo credit: Porrawee Pomchote.

Researchers discovered 14 new reptiles, 11 fish, 3 mammals, 9 amphibians and 126 plants during a recent trip to the Greater Mekong area in Asia. This extremely bio-diverse area is made up of dense jungles, caves, rivers and forest canopies. An average of two new species are found in this region each week, but human destruction is posing a threat to the area and its species. Learn more about the colorful creatures found in the Greater Mekong area here!

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Living deep in the ocean, the ghost shark is a creature that has rarely been seen. Like, barely ever.

In fact, the pointy-nosed blue chimaera was first discovered in the water by Australia in 2002. With pale eyes, and heads lined with cryptic, creepy dots, these mysterious sharks have never been captured on video. That is, until now. And you better see it to believe it!

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Photo credit: R.C. MCKELLAR, ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM.

Uh, best news ever. The first dinosaur tail was recently found preserved in amber! Scientists were thrilled to discover that this 99-million-year old appendage was covered in feathers. This finding allows scientists to better understand the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers and helps with the differentiation between feathers of birds that fly and feathers of dinosaurs. Click here to learn more!

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The International Space Station takes thousands of images of Earth each year. Check out this video that showcases its top 16 pictures from 2016. From the Namib Desert in southwest Africa to a sunset over the South Atlantic Ocean, these images are truly awe-inspiring. Take a look!

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