Have you ever been surrounded by rocks that glow? You will be when you visit the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature at the University of Richmond. Tucked within a gallery filled with intriguing objects like fossils, shells, a giant clam, decorative arts, ancient coins, and different kinds of gems and minerals - the Fluorescent Mineral room is a site not to miss. Watch the video below to find out more.
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How did early computer designers come up with the first computer language?
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Throw a seed bomb at the ground and watch the flowers grow! Seed bombs are little nuggets of clay, compost, and native seeds that you throw at the ground. You can throw them in your yard or in a neglected space to help turn it into a flowering wonderland. Plant your seed bombs in Spring, Summer and early Fall and make them out of flower, herb, or even vegetable seeds. You just make'em and throw'em! When you throw your seed bomb, it will break apart as it hits the ground and a gentle rain will soon help the seeds begin to grow. Watch the video
What makes our body “get up and go” every day? Just like gas fuels our car, the calories we get from food fuel our bodies. Have you ever tried to explain how this works to your child? Let’s start with a definition of a calorie. A calorie is a unit of energy or heat which approximates the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1° Celsius. In simpler terms, a calorie is the energy we receive from food.