STEAM to Fuel Your Weekend: September 30

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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.

Steam to Fuel Your Weekend-Bruce Shapiro
Photo credit: Bruce Shapiro.

Playing in the sand is fun! Known for his large-scale sand installations, artist Bruce Shapiro has found a way to bring a smaller version of his detailed sand sculptures to the masses. Using CNC machines, Shapiro has created coffee tables and end tables that trace geometric patterns in sand. This kinetic art project, a recent Kickstarter, seems to go on forever—the always-moving metal balls roll through the sand and shape it into beautiful pieces of art. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll have one in your living room.

Steam to Fuel Your Weekend- Norbert Probst.Getty
Photo credit: Norbert Probst/Getty.

Can fish sing? Is the ocean is silent? Researcher Robert McCauley and his colleagues recorded fish swimming off the coast of Australia over 18 months and discovered that the repeating and overlapping calls of fish form a chorus. Come listen to the newest choir of the sea!

Steam to Fuel Your Weekend- Letvision
Photo credit: Letvision.

Have you ever wished you could have a Transformer of your own? Well, you might not have to wish much longer. Startup company Letvision, located in Turkey, has made this dream a reality by turning a car into a massive humanoid robot. What will they think of next? Click here to check out the transformation!

Steam to Fuel Your Weekend- NASA
Photo credit: NASA.

Look up in the sky. Our smallest planet, Mercury, is shrinking! We may not be able to see Mercury with our eyes, but researchers have found that the molten planet is getting smaller and smaller as it cools down from its early years.

Fun fact: Mercury’s mantle and crust are both super thin. Combined, they’re only 260 miles deep, compared to Earth’s mantle, which is 1,800 miles thick. How cool is that?

 

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