STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend: September 16

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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 - Dead Sea

Bordered by Jordan, Israel and Palestine, the Dead Sea is nearly 10 times saltier than normal seawater. Why is it so salty? Check out this article from Live Science—it’s full of fun facts about one of the saltiest spots on the planet. Read on!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Hawaiian Crows
Photo credit: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global.

A recent scientific study revealed something really remarkable about Hawaiian crows, or ‘alala. After observing a captive group of these nearly extinct creatures, researchers witnessed the tropical birds use tools while foraging for food. When tasked with retrieving a hard-to-reach piece of meat, the crows used twigs to probe for food—successfully securing their snack within one minute. This behavior is extraordinary, as tool use is extremely rare among animals. In fact, less than 1% of all species use tools to find food. Click here to learn more about this amazing discovery!

STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend - Jeff Miller - UW-Madison
Photo credit: Jeff Miller/UW-Madison.

So, this is exciting. Fabric designer Marianne Fairbanks and chemist Trisha Andrew are teaming up to design and develop a versatile, lightweight solar textile that could revolutionize multiple industries. We’re pumped to see what happens next!

Did you know that your teeth are harder than bone, iron or steel? They are! And did you know that ancient toothpaste sometimes used rocks and bones? It did!

As you can imagine, we’re already obsessed with George Zaidan’s brand-new National Geographic series, “Ingredients with George Zaidan.” The series follows George as he attempts to recreate familiar household products using natural ingredients. As for the first episode? It’s is an engaging, informative look at, yes, toothpaste. Trust us, it’s awesome.

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