STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend – March 10

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Written by Xintong Guo, 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.

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend-Panda black and white fur
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The giant panda, with its black and white fur and black eye patches, is one of the cutest animals that originated in China. People in China even created a 24/7 live stream channel to show pandas in China to all over the world. Have you thought about why are pandas black and white? Scientists from the University of California at Davis and California State University at Long Beach might have an answer! Based on their study, pandas’ black and white patterns is for communication and camouflage purposes. Take a look at their findings!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend -Japanese mukimono

Japanese artist Gaku brought vegetable carving to a new levelGaku masters an ancient Japanese practice known as mukimono, which is the art of carving vegetables into unusual shapes. His mukimono work has made waves on Instagram. Peppery radish with fancy design, beautiful rose in the center of a carrot and complicated patterns on an apple. Who doesn’t want to chow down some fruits and vegetables like this?

Red coral is the literal foundation of many Mediterranean ecosystem and provides habitat for fish and many other marine animals. The red coral is now endangered due to lots of different factors and human harvesting is one of the major factors. Since the Neolithic Era, red coral has been harvested to make jewelry. However, progress is being made. Some jewelry companies are refusing to sell coral products and the Catalan government will enact a decade-long prohibition on fishing starting in 2018. Hopefully, red coral could no longer be endangered in the future.

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