How Plants Survive Winter

There were a couple of reasons that I got a doctorate degree in botany. Most importantly I could study plants in the nice part of the day and sleep in all morning. If you are interested in salamanders or...

How Animals Survive Winter

I am writing this blog in my studio here in the Taconic Hills of upstate New York. Old Man Winter (perhaps Old Person Winter is more appropriate) has reared his (or her) frigid head. I’ve got my shovels...

TED Ed: How To Heal A Cut

If your child has ever wondered what happens when he gets a cut that bleeds or how to heal a cut, this TED Ed animated video and lesson provides a clear explanation. It’s a four-step process of healing...

The Science of Snowflakes

You don’t have to be a scientist to get a thrill out of these. We all love snowflakes—more accurately called snow crystals. They are some of nature’s most beautiful designs. Often of astounding...

TED Ed: Sugar Brain

This popular TED Ed lesson by nutrition and brain expert Dr. Nicole Avena clearly explains (for ages 10 and up) what happens in the brain that makes us crave sugar. In the five-minute video, you’ll get an...