April 30

The History of Math

Have you ever wondered about math? Why it’s useful and why you need to learn it? Where it came from? Math is a way to upgrade our brains and it makes us smarter. We can learn alot from math and other subjects. Without math the world wouldn’t be the world it is today, and that means nothing like video games, computers, tablets, and other things you might love. Imagine your life without things like video games and tv, does that sounds good?

The Mosque-cathedral of Cordoba Spain 3D

Sumerian Lugal (king)

Math was created in the 6th century BC by the Sumerians. The Sumerians inhabited the land of Southern Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Tigris was 1250 miles (2000 kilometers) long. Each Sumerian city-state was independent and ruled by its own Lugal (king). Each city had fine public buildings including some temples that had a huge tower guarding it. The Sumerians used math to measure land, tax individuals, chart the sky, and even to develop an lunar calendar! So…math was invented 2500-2600 years ago in the 6th century by the Sumerians in Southern Mesopotamia!

Carl Friedrich Gauss

There are many famous mathematicians in history, but I’m gonna tell you about Carl Friedrich Gauss, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was born in April 30,1777 in Brunswick, Germany. A popular story about this mathematical genius is like this:

One day his elementary school teacher asked the class 1+2+3+4+5+6+7…+98+99+100 and surprisingly, Gauss found the answer. He did 1+100, 2+99, 3+98,4+97 and each number sentence equaled 101. Since there was 50 pairs, he multiplied 50 by 101 which equals 5050. Gauss died in February 23, 1855 from a heart attack.

Math challenges your brain and helps us to think better. We develop our reasoning abilities. Reasoning skills are important because they help us solve problems and look for solutions. Every career uses some sort of math. More importantly, doing math helps the mind organize complicated problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. Math has a huge affect on all of our lives. Math helps us do every day tasks like cooking , cleaning, and shopping. Math helps us complete these tasks without completely messing it up. For example, you need math for cooking because you need to measure things such as cups of flour. In a classroom where students speak to each other about mathematics, the ideas of those students are valued. It also allows students learn to new ways to understand the world.

Without math, Earth wouldn’t be how it is today. When math was invented, it was used to help with things that might have usually took a long time to do. Mathematicians invented new ways to do math and teach other people these ways. It took math for a lot of things to be made like video games, computers, TV, and a whole lot more. Since math helps us so much, it’s very important we learn more about math. Math workbooks, math classes, and learning math at young ages can all help us learn more about math. If we learn alot about math in the future, we could uncover unbelievable not just more about Earth, but also more about the universe.

May 5

Clouded Leopards and their Pro Skills

Did you know that clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats, yet they have the biggest teeth for their skull size? In this post you can read about the amazing clouded leopard – its origins and relations, climbing skills, and its prey and predators.

The clouded leopard originally came from a line of cats that divided into snow leopa

Image result for clouded leopard hanging upside down from tree

Picture from www.wildcatsmagazine.nl

rds and clouded leopards. Clouded leopards are related to snow leopards, leopards, lions, tigers, and jaguars. The clouded leopard can be found in Asia, mostly on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

 

The clouded leopard’s prey can be attacked from the trees and the ground. Clouded leopards mostly hunt birds, monkeys, deer, squirrels, and wild pigs. They are prey to tigers and leopards. They are also poached for their skins by humans.

Clouded leopards are great climbers. They have a low center of gravity and a long tail which are great for balancing. Amazingly, they can hang upside down from tree branches. They are also the only big cat that can run down trees head first.

The two types of clouded leopards (Normal and Sunda) are great climbers and hunters, and are related to some of the coolest big cats. What is your favorite fact about clouded leopards?

This video shows good close up shots of a Borneo clouded leopard.

Video credit: WWF-Australia

 

 

April 4

My Favorite Things Photo Gallery

These are a few of my favorite things presented in a gallery.

 

January 29

Should We Use Wrapping Paper?

Every holiday season wrapping paper Is one of the first items off the shelf, but is this cheerful wrapping really worth it? I say no!  Lots of people use this paper but there are better ways to keep our presents a surprise.There are recyclable, non-tree wasting, cheaper alternatives that don’t use 2 million tons of paper each holiday! There are a lot of reasons not to use wrapping paper!

My first reason is that most holiday wrapping paper is laminated, so you cannot recycle it! That means when you use wrapping paper, you are using resources we cannot get back. According to Ask Pablo, Treehugger, “In the U.S. an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags.”

Almost all wrapping paper ends up in the trash

Image result for trash   Also, 2 million of those tons is wrapping paper! Consequently 30 Million trees are cut down just to wrap our gifts each holiday season! Also, since you can’t recycle this wrapping paper, most of those 30 Million trees end up in the trash!

Additionally, People have found better and less expensive alternative ways to wrap our gifts that don’t end up in the trash! You can use bags, magazines, sweaters, and much more! Using these things you can make cheaper, recyclable,less tree using, and reusable wrapping paper!

Some people might argue that wrapping paper is a holiday tradition, but I still don’t think it is worth using up so much resources for something non-renewable.Wrapping paper wastes trees, is non-recyclable, and there are other better options. With so many other choices, why use something that is so environmentally unfriendly? To help save trees, stop using wrapping paper!

Source: Ask Pablo, Treehugger

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/ask-pablo-holiday-wrapping-paper.html

January 29

Top 10 Star Wars SpaceShips

The best, a T-70 X-Wing Fighter.

Star Wars is super iconic, and some of the most iconic things it brings is the things are the things flying high in the sky, they are spaceships. Today we are bringing you are top 10 favorite Star Wars Spaceships! I have experienced watching all of those amazing Star Wars movies all those war scenes. But our favorite parts were always the Spaceships clashing to win the war that might not ever end.   

#10 The Y-wing starfighter may be slow, but it looks very cool and can drop Bombs. That is why it has Earned #10 spot on this list.

#9 One of the sleekest ships in Star Wars, is the Slave 1 is a sight to behold. Belonging to the bounty hunter Boba Fett it is very impressive.

 #8 The ARC 1-70 Starfighter has powerful laser cannons and serves the republic.

#7  The TIE Striker is a ship that battled on Scariff over the death star plans.

#6 The Millennium Falcon is an Awesome ship, but is very bulky.           

#5 Darth Vader’s tie advanced is an awesome addition to the tie family. It is cool and would have blown up Luke’s X-wing if not for Han Solo.

#4 The first order troop transport has advanced shields and can carry 20 troops.

#3 The jedi interceptor is sleek and can fly very fast.

#2 The  T-65 X-wing fighter blew up two Death Stars and is very cool.

#1 The T-70 X-wing fighter is the best spaceship of all it is very sleek and fast it has very high-powered ion and proton torpedoes. Can have a wider variety of droids as co-pilots than the T-65 and has a cool laser turret that pops up from the bottom.

January 29

NASA Makes Pumpkins

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL (via Flickr)

I read a great article on Dogo News about how NASA scientists carved pumpkins. That was the challenge posed to the excellent scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA in 2010 during Halloween. This interesting competition has turned into an annual tradition with partners trying to outdo each other with sky-high hi-tech carvings.

Photo Credit: NASA JPL (via Flickr)

This year’s entries included a Pac-Man pumpkin, a replica of Darth Vader’s meditation chamber, a carousel, a Ninja Starshade, and even a sink hole pumpkin. While the creations are certainly quite strange, what is even more so, is that the engineers-turned-artists had just an hour to complete their masterpieces!

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