Where do diamonds come from?

Everyone knows what a diamond looks like: a clear, polished stone with smooth facets, full of flash and sparkle. But not everyone knows that diamonds don’t start out that way—it takes a series of special circumstances (and a couple billion years!) to turn a diamond in the rough into that brilliant gem glittering on your…

Ice Age Animals

12,000 years ago, the earth was very different, and so were some of the animals living on it! The ice age was home to a diverse, and yet unique, mix of strange and familiar animals. During the cold glacial times, icons like the woolly mammoth, steppe bison and scimitar cat roamed the treeless plains alongside…

Tunnels in the Snow

Ever wish you had your own secret network of hidden passages? Well some animals do and they might be closer than you think! Whether it’s making snow angels or building a snowman, most of us love playing in a winter wonderland – and it turns out some birds do too. It usually starts with one bird that burrows in…

3D animation rocket

A rocket launch is the takeoff phase of the flight of a rocket. Launches for orbital spaceflights, or launches into interplanetary space, are usually from a fixed location on the ground, but may also be from a floating platform or from an aeroplane. Rockets are used to launch satellites and Space Shuttles into space. Their…

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Mosquito bites are just as pesky as the bugs themselves! The second you feel relief from scratching the bite, all of the itchings comes back. It can be distracting during the day and even interrupt your sleep schedule at night. It’s not fair that such a tiny bite can cause such a big nuisance, right?…

Why Is Pluto not a Planet Any More?

Pluto, named after the God of the Underworld, is suddenly not a planet anymore. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) demoted the much-loved Pluto from its position as the ninth planet from the Sun to one of five “dwarf planets.” Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet because, while it is large enough to have become spherical, it…