T Rex’s Dino Ancestors Unearthed

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A model of a life-size Tyrannousaurus Rex
Dinosaur fossils found in China have got scientists pretty excited as they say they’ll help them learn loads more about the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Found near the city of Jiayuguan, the remains are from a type of tyrannosaur being called Xiongguanlong baimoensis.
The name may be a bit of a mouthful, but it’s thought the fossils could provide the missing link between the huge T Rex and its smaller ancestors.
They date from part of the Cretaceous period – about 100 million years ago.
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Did you know? The Great Garbage Patch

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Much of our plastic ends up floating in the North Pacific

In 1997 Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, set sail from Hawaii and discovered, in a remote part of the North Pacific, an island…made of plastic.
Moore measured about 300,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer back then, but a decade later there are approximately 2.3 million pieces of plastic per square kilometer. What is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now the size of the United States, according to Moore.

Wind and ocean currents sweep up this garbage and deposit it in this slow-moving gyre.

Did You Know? Powers of Ten

Did You Know? The Mighty Water Bear

Water bears, also known as tardigrades, can survive boiling, freezing, the vacuum of space and years of dessication. Biologist Bob Goldstein, of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, describes water bears and explains why he studies them.

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Did You Know? Scient”ist”ic Units

Many units of measurement are named after scientists to recognize their work in their chosen fields.

Research each of these scientists and complete the table.

Scientist Unit What Unit Measures
Michael Faraday Farad Electrical capacitance
Georg Simon Ohm
Sir Isaac Newton
James Watt
James Prescott Joule
William Thomson Kelvin
Andre Marie Ampere
Anders Celsius
Madam Marie Curie
Blaise Pascal
Charles Augustin de Coulomb
Heinrich Hertz

Did you know? When is a second not a second?


Most of us know that a second is a unit of time. There are sixty seconds in a minute and sixty minutes in a hour.

However, the term second is also a term used in measuring angles. Angles are usually measured in degrees. However, like most measurements, we can get very precise. Degrees are divided into 60 minutes (1 degree = 60 minutes) and minutes are further divided into seconds (1 minute = 60 seconds).

In mapping on a global scale, precise measurement is key. A difference of 1 second of longitude or latitude is over 100 feet (depending on terrain).

Did you know? Today is Pi Day

Today is the 14th day of the 3rd month or in shorthand 3/14.

Today is officially Pi Day in recognition of the first 3 digits of the value of π

π is defined by the ratio of the circumference of any circle to its diameter.

Watch this interesting video about π