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CCF Writer: An Online Writing Contest
Online Writing Contest
An online writing contest for both published and yet-to-be-published writers of all ages. You must use the "first line" we provide to write your story. Check out the RULES and submit your entry. Visit the CCF Contest Entries page to read past winning entries.
Criminal Penguins - Frozen Planet - BBC One
Watch how Adelie penguins build their nests in Antarctica. This BBC video shows us how some of "the most conniving little creatures on the planet" do it. The video clip is from the BBC's series Frozen Planet, and it's also available from amazon.com at Frozen Planet.
Taking the Purrfect Drink is all Physics to a Cat
Have you ever wondered why is it that a dog slobbers all over the place when it takes a drink whereas a cat does not? Well, wonder no more! Scientists have watched countless slow motion videos of cats drinking and have come up with the answer as to why is it that cats can take their drinks in such dainty manner...and it all has to do with Physics!
Harvard Researchers Illuminate Connections Among Brain Cells in Technicolor
Have you ever thought of brains as being beautiful? As scientists work to understand the neuron connections in the brain, they figured out a way to have these connections show up in various colors: "In 2007, Harvard scientists figured out how to combine fluorescent proteins to create an entire color palette, and then used it to make mouse neurons glow so they could be traced through the brain. The “Brainbow” technique has helped scientists follow neurons’ connections, which had been almost impossible to untangle." [ Visit Website ]
Two Planets Discovered Sharing the Same Orbit
This is the first time scientists have seen this take place, two planets sharing the same orbit around a star. In our solar system, each planet orbiting around the Sun does so in its own orbit. Mercury has the orbit closest to the Sun and Venus is next in line with the Earth next. Click the following link to read up on what the Kepler telescope has now discovered: "In a cosmic first, the Kepler telescope has discovered two planets sharing the same orbit. There is a theory that says our moon was created when a body sharing our orbit crashed into Earth, but up until now no one had found evidence of co-orbiting planets elsewhere in the universe." [ Visit Website ]
Inside the White House
Have you ever visited the White House? It's the place where the President of the United States and his family lives. It's also recognized as the symbol of the President, the President's Administration, and the United States. Thousands of visitors come to the White House on a daily basis. Now you can tour the White House on the internet.
Save the Tiger Month
September is Save the Tiger month. The Save the Tiger Fund organization is a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and on their website they have a wonderful article that tells us how children in Russia celebrated Tiger Day in 2000 and how many conservation organizations around the world now hold the last Sunday in September as Tiger Day.
Charter School Defies Odds: Thurgood Marshall Academy in D.C.
Few things are more gratifying to us than seeing how one generation can help the next generation succeed. On Aug 20, 2010, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools wrote: In recent weeks, three high-performing public charter schools were featured in local and national news. The Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., was profiled in a “CBS Evening News” segment titled “Charter School Defies Odds.”
What's the Worst Thing About Being an Astronaut?
"A new report has detailed a scary new thing that happen to earthlings when they venture into the cold nothingness of the great beyond...their fingernails fall off!" [TIME NewsFeed]. Check out some of the worst things about being an astronaut on this TIME NewsFeed article. Then read the full list of space-dangers over at Thinkquest. [ Visit Website ]
Answering 64 Job Interview Questions: General Guidelines
Our website is visited by children of all ages, and by educators and parents alike. We found the 64 Job Interview Questions to be so helpful that we have designed an entire section off of the CCF website just for them. Whether you're a high school or college graduate, or an already employed person interviewing for another job, Ian Kennedy has put together for us a great tool that will help you ace your job interview. Browse through the 64 questions and their suggested answers and, if you find them helpful, we would love to hear back from you via our feedback page.
Can you get published if you're under 18?
This article is part of our expanded F.A.Q. section
For the past year I've kept a profile page on myspace and have joined and participate in various groups. In one of them, Jessica M., a 14-year old yet-to-be-published writer from Lafayette, Louisiana had good questions on how do teens go about getting published. With her permission, we've posted the transcript of our conversation.
HEALTH & FITNESS
New study suggests food to be as addictive as heroin/cocaine.
Nutrition & Fitness writer
Nature Neuroscience recently published a study headed by scientists at the Florida-based Scripps Research Institute. Their findings show that rats who get a buffet style environment of all-you-can-eat dining, will become addicted to this lifestyle in the same way that druggies will become addicted to heroin or cocaine. The brain responds similarly to junk food and drugs. Think of receptors as doors in your brain. And Dopamine as your brain's happy chemical, sauntering around. Gorging on yummy fatty food will close Dopamine doors in your brain. Shutting out the happy! So you will have to eat more food, to get just as happy. And in our society, more is readily available.
HEALTH & FITNESS
The 10 Commandments of Marathon Fueling
Nutrition & Fitness writer
You've spent months training for your upcoming race: diligently logging miles on the road and treadmill alike. So what could keep you from having an excellent race day? Nutrition. What you eat before, during, and after a marathon can make or break your performance. So here are some guidelines to make sure your eating habits aren't counterproductive to the time you've spent in physical training. You can consider them "the Ten Commandments of Marathon Fueling."
Run Antarctica with Christine!
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Think about the coldest place on earth, a place so big that it's approximately the size of the United States and Mexico combined. Think about a place where 99% of its surface is covered by a permanent ice sheet, averaging over a mile in thickness, and sometimes even three. Think about one of the last pristine places on earth, an entire continent devoted to science. Then picture a young woman running a marathon there.