All the science, astronomy, toy and family news that was trending this week.
We’ve been talking about sunbathing sea lion pups, stinky flowers and more all week! Want to join in on the conversation with your family? Check out these interesting news stories from around the web:
Sea lion pups soak in summer with SPF
On the beaches of San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, sea lion pups are carried out of the water by their parents for an afternoon of sunbathing. Just like your kiddos, these young mammals need protection from the summer’s scorching sun. What’s nature’s equivalent of SPF 50? Sand. See photos of the small sea lions rolling in the beach sand.
277,275 dominoes topple
This July, 277,275 dominoes were set up to form astonishingly detailed images of space, celebrations, entertainment, sports and nature. With the simple touch of one domino, 277, 275 of the dominoes toppled for 10 minutes of marvelous toy fun. Watch.
Stinky flower blooms
On July 21, visitors at the U.S. Botanic Garden got to see (and smell) history when a Titan arum, or “Corpse Flower” bloomed for the first time since 2007. Why the name “Corpse Flower”? Because for the estimated 24 to 48 hours that the flower will remain open, it smells a little like rotting flesh (yuck!). See photos of the flower in bloom.
Dogs aren’t as color blind as we thought
It’s long been thought that a dog sees its world through shades of black and white, but a new study is now debunking that thought. While their ability to see color is still limited compared to a human with full-color vision, the study reveals that dogs do, in fact, rely on color to notice differences between objects. Learn more about the Russian researchers’ study.
The “comet of the century” is headed our way
Mark your calendars. This November a comet—Comet ISON—that left our solar system 110,000 years ago makes its return. And if it survives its journey toward the sun, we will be able to see the spectacle from Earth. Learn more about Comet ISON’s journey.
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