Do bears have whiskers?

Answered by Gregg Losinski, Conservation Educator At first glance, this would appear to be a simple yes or no question, but like many things with bears, the answer is more complex. The simple answer is that most mammals have things that look like whiskers, bears included. The hairs that we would call whiskers are more…

We read that baking a cake involves chemistry. What chemical processes take place during the baking? (Part 2)

Question answered by Dr. Catherine Riddle, Radiochemist, Idaho National Laboratory Baking causes a chemical change in your ingredients from raw batter to cooked cakes, breads, cookies, or biscuits. Since there are multiple reactions depending on what you are baking, let’s look specifically at the chemistry that goes into baking a cake step by step. Last…

How did the full moons get their names?

Question Answered by Alana Jensen, INL ESER Program For thousands of years, people in Europe, as well as the North American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the changing seasons and nature. Many of these names are very similar. Most of the Native names came from tribes called the Algonquian people (not…

What are your favorite experiments?

Answered by Alana Jensen, Environmental Educator, INL ESER Program I have so many favorite experiments, but here are a couple of fun ones to do in the summertime. Blow Bubbles!You will need: Dishwashing soap, glycerin, water, large jar, liquid measuring cup, pipe cleaners, pliers Measure the volume of your jar by filling the jar with…

We’ve been having a lot of wind this past week. What happens to make the wind speed faster than normal?

Question answered by Jason RichMeteorologist, NOAA ARL Field Research Division Spring is typically windy as we transition from the cool season to the warm season. Uneven heating of the Earth’s surface creates differences in atmospheric pressure across the globe. When differences in the pressure exist, winds flow from the high pressure to the low pressure.…