Month: February 2018
Dr. Universe: How do we get our personality? – Jamie, 11
Everyone is different. Maybe you are adventurous, shy, outgoing, funny, or kind. Before you were even born, your unique personality was beginning to take shape.
Part of the answer to your question is that some of your personality comes from your parents. Just as parents pass down physical traits like hair and eye color to their offspring, they can also give them different personality traits. They’re in your genes, the information passed throughout generations.
But your personality isn’t set in stone from the beginning. There are a few other things that go … » More …
Why do cows moo? -Sam, 11, Gahanna, Ohio
If you’ve ever been near a herd of mooing cows, it might have sounded like all their moos were the same. But just as each person’s voice is a little different, so is each cow’s moo.
Human ears might not always pick up the small differences in moos, but cow ears sure can. In fact, cows have great hearing. They can even tell that different moos mean different things.
Simple Spice Cake is a throwback recipe to less complicated time. It’s easy to get caught up in the super complicated gourmet recipes people seem to favor these days, I like to things my grandma would have made 70 years ago. Feel free to add raisins and pecans if you love them, only about a […]
Can video games help us learn? – Isaac, 12, Clyde, N.Y.
All kinds of games can help us learn, including some video games. They can be a fun and useful way to help you remember what you learn, too.
Our brains work hard each day to take in and process information. Ever since video games were invented, people have been asking if and how they might change our behavior and brains.
For example, people once thought that video games left players with poor eye-sight and poor attention. … » More …
Confession time. We made 3 of these in a week. Although we only ate 1 at home, the other 2 went into work because the office had a cheesecake emergency and everyone HAD to have a slice. Be sure to find coconut milk powder ahead of time, I ordered from Amazon Prime and it was $7 […]
Spring is around the corner. From an errant daffodil in our front yard to needing only one coat to walk the dog in the evening, better days are definitely on the way. Strawberry Buttermilk Baked Doughnuts use real fruit in both the cake and the glaze, making for a bright and tasty treat. Strawberry Buttermilk Baked […]
Dear Dr. Universe: Why does hair turn gray? –Darae, 10
Hair comes in lots of different colors. There’s black, medium brown, auburn, light brown, strawberry blonde, and copper, to name just a few. But in the end, almost everyone will have hair that’s gray or white.
Ever since you were born, different cells have been working on your hair. Each hair sprouts from a follicle, a sort of little hair-making factory under your skin. Here, some of your cells are making your hair and others are coloring it.
The cells that color your hair are called melanocytes. They produce a pigment, or natural … » More …