February 12, 2009



See Seymour being interviewed about his books and the way he writes.

 

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February 11, 2009


GORILLAS

Contest: Go Gorilla!

Gorillas and humans share 98% of their DNA. Now is your chance to show how similar our species really are!

First,  find an example of gorilla behavior online [see examples below]. Then,  submit a short video of you imitating some aspect of gorilla behavior-its walk, its sounds, facial expressions, and more. No costumes are required - in fact, they’re discouraged.
The Prize: An autographed copy of Seymour Simon’s new Gorillas book! Your video also gets posted on the SeymourScience Web site! In case of ties, more than one prize will be given.

Gorilla Behavior Videos


(And just to show you that the street runs both ways - below is a video of a gorilla imitating a human’s walk!)

 

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February 10, 2009

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Seymour,

It was a honor to meet with you and to speak about your new adventures in words and in technology. I have a couple of pictures to share with you. I also have pictures with Liz, if you would like me to pass those on as well. I will begin working this week with Jodi Beyer, my co-worker, to create a question and video from her first grade class. I look forward to the communication! I believe that the blog will be a great way to communicate with your fans, it is a wonderful idea and I wish you well.  If you have anything that you would like assistance with that I could provide remotely, I would be willing to assist you. Or, if you have other ideas that you would like from students, I would be happy to assist with that as well. I am the librarian of four schools, so I have a lot of students to pull ideas from!

Thank you again,

Misty Fredrick
School Library Media Specialist
Reedsburg School District, WI

The first photo is of Misty Fredrick, the second, Jodi Beyer

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February 10, 2009

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February 4, 2009

Science News / FOR KIDS: Science Loses Out When Ice Caps Melt 

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January 30, 2009

A lion decided one day to remind everyone he was king of the jungle.

He saw a monkey, and roared "Who is the King of the Jungle?"

"You are, Master," said the monkey, cowering.

Then the lion approached a warthog. "Who is the King of the Jungle?" roared the lion.

"You are, my Lord," said the warthog, quivering with fear.

Next the lion met an elephant. "Who is the King of the Jungle?" roared the lion.

The elephant grabbed the lion with his trunk, swung him in the air, slammed him ten times against a tree trunk, threw him into a dense patch of thorns, and strolled away.

"Okay!" shouted the lion. "There’s no need to turn nasty just because you don’t know the answer!" 

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January 30, 2009

"Your dog must be sick. He isn’t barking. He just goes tick, tick,  tick."

"He’s not sick. He goes tick, tick, tick because he’s a watchdog!"

"Well, if he’s a watchdog, why is he running around in circles?"

"That’s because he’s all wound up!" 

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January 30, 2009


Nearly 400 years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei constructed a tiny   astronomical telescope and looked at the night sky. He peered at the planet Jupiter, then a strange and mysterious object. Galileo discovered three faint dots around the planet and wondered what they might be.

Over the following year, Galileo observed Jupiter and these tiny pin-pricks of light. He discovered a fourth and saw that they were in motion around Jupiter. Could they be moons, other worlds in their own right? Galileo had discovered the first satellites circling around a planet other than our own. In future years they were named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They are now known as the Galilean Satellites, in honour of the great scientist.

Galileo realized that these four moons were orbiting Jupiter. His observations cast doubt on the accepted view (at that time) that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Years later,  the Galilean moons would be used by science to support Copernicus’s theory of a heliocentric, sun-centered universe, which we now know is much closer to the truth.

With a small telescope or a pair of binoculars, you too can see Jupiter and its moons, much as Galileo did nearly 400 years ago. On a crisp and cloudless night, find a safe and dark location to look to the night sky. The best places to look at the sky are away from street lights. The best observing time for Jupiter this year is in the summer. Jupiter is bright during the month of August, making this a good time to view its moons.

Focus your telescope or binoculars on Jupiter and try to pick out the dots of light on either side. These are the moons, just as Galileo saw them! You can even track their positions over consecutive nights, as he did. Even if you don’t observe Jupiter and the Galilean moons during 2009, it’s still worth looking up on a starry night and remembering how, nearly 400 years ago, history was made by Galileo doing the same thing. 

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January 29, 2009

Did you know that a baby cockroach can crawl into your house through an opening the thickness of a penny? Read about cockroaches, rats, hyenas,  vultures and other animals nobody loves in Seymour’s book ANIMALS NOBODY LOVES. Click on Seymour Simon’s Bookstore to get a copy.

 

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January 29, 2009

What did the Mother Buffalo say to her son when he left for school today?

Ready for this one?

BISON! 

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