It’s a simple question with an astonishing answer. Fewer than 100 naturally occurring elements form the ingredients of everything in our world from solid rocks to ethereal gases, from scorching acids to the living cells in our body.
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The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. By the time the fires subsided, 173 people had lost their lives, over one million acres of mountain ash forest had been destroyed, and countless animals had perished. The overwhelming firestorm was one of the worst in the country’s history, and came to be known as Black Saturday.
Sid the Science Kid is an award winning animated television series created by The Jim Henson Company for PBS Kids. Every week, preschoolers have fun with Sid as they use music and humor to celebrate their natural curiosity about science. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question like “Why are my shoes shrinking” or “Why do bananas get mushy?” He then embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of his friends and family.