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How are science kits useful for children?

(Article from ScienceFirst.com)

Science kits are enjoying a lot of popularity these days. Schools, teachers, and parents find them quite useful as they make teaching and learning science fun and interesting for kids.

There are innumerable textbooks and plethora of reading material on science. School libraries and book stores are flooded with them. Though these resources are informative, kids find them quite dull and boring. Thanks to the availability of science kits, learning science will never get so boring again.

Science Kits ensure that learning science is informative and fun at the same...

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HALLOWEEN FIZZING CAULDRON

(Article from littlebinsforlittlehands.com)

Another classic science experiment gets a holiday theme twist. Baking soda and vinegar chemical reactions are always a favorite of kids! Who wouldn’t love all the bubbling and fizzing fun. What happens when you mix an acid and base? You get a gas called carbon dioxide!

You will need a cauldron (or bowl), baking soda, white vinegar, food coloring, dish soap, and eye balls!

Add a heaping amount of baking soda to your bowl or cauldron. Place on a tray, in the sink, or outside because this can get messy. Add...

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HALLOWEEN OOBLECK

(Article from littlebinsforlittlehands.com)

Oobleck is a classic science activity that can be themed for a number of holidays or seasons! Of course it’s easy to turn into a Halloween science experiment with a few creepy crawly spiders and a favorite theme color!

You will need cornstarch, water, and food coloring. You want to start with a ratio of 2:1, cornstarch to water. I would start by adding food coloring to the water and then add more to the mixture of necessary.

TIP: If it’s too soupy, add cornstarch. If it’s too hard and dry,...

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Scientists finally confirm that Uranus is surrounded by fart clouds

(Article by Rachel Feltman on popsci.com)
Sometimes science simply confirms what we already know to be true. You know what I’m talking about: researchers will find evidence that losing sleep makes you cranky and bad at your job, that eating lots of vegetables is good for your gut, or that Uranus is surrounded by a noxious fart cloud.

Indeed, the new findings on the latter published in Nature Astronomy come as no surprise to those...

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Watch a robot hand learn to manipulate objects just like a human hand

(Article by Matthew Hutson from ScienceMag.org)

A 5-year-old can tie their shoelaces, but robot hands aren’t nearly so nimble. A new system, however, has greatly improved their dexterity.

Hard-coding a robot to coordinate multiple joints is daunting. So computer scientists have turned to machine learning, a field of artificial intelligence (AI) in which computers build skills on their own. Such learning takes time and repetition, however, and robot hardware is slow and breakable. Some researchers instead train algorithms with virtual robots, but reality is always slightly different from simulation.

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