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Dominoes – Endless Possibilities!

Apr 20, 2021
"dominoes" by Tafkabecky (Becky Bokern) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Dominoes – some history, some science, and the endless possibilities for fun and creativity! We got very excited about what you can do with Dominoes when we heard that our good friends at Ashland Independent Film Festival were closing their festival with Lily Topples the World, an amazing film about 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh, the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler and YouTube star (with over 1 billion views.) The documentary won Documentary Feature Grand Jury Award at SXSW and plays at AIFF2021 April 29. We got very excited about what you can do with Dominoes when we heard that our good friends at Ashland Independent Film Festival…

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What’s Up April 2021

Mar 30, 2021

Spring has arrived and it is a great time to enjoy the night sky. The diagram above from timeanddate.com shows the evening sky in Medford on April 11, the night of the new moon. The full moon on April 26 is the first supermoon of the year. A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger than a typical full moon due to it being closer to Earth. The April full moon is known as the “Pink Moon,” from the pink flowers – phlox – that bloom in the early spring. As you can see in the diagram, evening planet viewing is somewhat…

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Animals of Ashland Episode #1

Mar 20, 2021

A puzzle for you: What creature has bony, hard cylinders instead of feet, a four chambered stomach, and gives birth to identical twins every year ? Don’t know yet? Here’s another clue: Which Ashland creature, like a magical Pokémon, annually sprouts tentacle-esque organs out of its head? These growths begin sensitive, velvety, full of blood vessels, and nerve endings, but eventually turn as hard as rock, are used as weapons, and then fall off, only to regenerate larger the very next year? Any guesses yet? Here’s another hint: In November and December this creature performs ritualized posturing movements–a complex dance–to…

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