Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

"When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.”
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Going Outside: The Physics Of A Curveball

Charlie and his friends are going outside to investigate some awesome sports stuff! In this episode they figure out the secret to throwing a curveball, a crazy swooping baseball pitch. Turns out it’s all about physics! Spin the ball the right way and boom, you have a major league caliber pitch … it’s that easy. 

Get the Physicist and Athlete skill at DIY.

Check out some more of Charlie’s awesome stuff!

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One of the challenges for the Summer Intern skill is Make Something with the DIY API so we got together a few resources for getting started!

If you want to dive right in to some code examples you can check out this JSFiddle.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough this example repo should do the trick.

And as always the official API documentation can be found at docs.diy.org.

Finally we’re fielding questions about using the API on this project!

Happy coding!

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Volcano eruption from the International Space Station

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.

(Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

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New Skill: Vocalist

 A vocalist uses their voice as an instrument to make music. Usually we sing with a band, but sometimes we belt out an a capella. We sing just as much for ourselves as to entertain others. Share a video of you singing an original, a cover of your favorite song, or a collaborative duet - your audience awaits.

Check out these challenges:


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