MESSENGER Goes to Mercury

starting March 18th, 2011

In an exciting bit of space news, The NASA MESSENGER spacecraft is set to enter orbit around Mercury on March 18th of 2011, marking the first time in history a man made object will be placed in orbit around the planet closest to our sun. MESSENGER will orbit Mercury for a full year, recording numerous images and instrumental readings and transmitting back a wealth of data to help scientists better understand the closest planet to our sun. Read more

The Words of Science

Chemistry and Science Experiments


Chemistry is a very big subject. It covers lots of different types of reactions and scientific topics, and so there are lots of special words that have specific meanings in chemistry that you don’t normally hear in everyday conversation. They describe lots of cool things, and so here is a list of some of our favorites. See if you can make a list of your own! In fact, go ahead and send us a list of your favorite chemistry words, and we may even feature your list in this blog! How cool is that?
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2011 – International Year of Chemistry

Happy New Year!  This is a special science year—2011 has been declared the


The theme of this year of chemistry (made official by the United Nations) is “Chemistry—our life, our future.”

Chemistry is the science of matter and the changes it undergoes.  That means atoms, molecules, crystals, energy, reactions, and all kinds of other cool science stuff.  Here at Be Amazing, we LOVE chemistry, and we want you to love it, too.  Throughout the year, we will be featuring cool activities, highlighting awesome science experiments, and offering special science deals on all things chemistry!
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All About Amber

Have you ever heard of amber?  Amber is a translucent gemstone that is used in jewelry.  But do you know where amber comes from?

Amber is fossilized tree resin!  Some trees (especially coniferous trees such as pine trees and redwoods) produce a thick, sticky substance that oozes out of breaks and cracks in its wood.  This sticky substance is called resin.  Scientists are still arguing about why trees make resin.  Some scientists think that trees make resin to protect themselves against bugs and other things.

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Halloween Skeletons

Halloween is coming soon, which means cats, bats, witches, pumpkins, andSKELETONS.  Halloween is a great time to learn about bones.
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3 Great Summer Science Experiments


School’s out for the summer, but science fun is always in.  If you are looking for some cool summer fun, here are three great activities perfect for summer science discovery.
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Have you ever heard of the Nobel Prize?


Have you ever heard of the Nobel Prize?  It is an award given once a year to the world’s greatest contributors to science in the fields of chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine.  The Nobel Prize is generally considered to be the highest, best, and most prestigious prize a scientist can be awarded in those areas. 
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