Cooking Up Chemistry in the Kitchen!

Hey kids, when most people hear the word “chemistry”, they think of creepy laboratories with bubbling beakers of toxic goo. But chemistry can happen any time two different things react together to make something new, and there are fun science experiments that you can do right in your kitchen!

Experiment 1: Magic Mud

All you need for this experiment is some cornstarch, water, and a little bit of food colouring to show it off.

1. Add 5 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bowl. Make sure you use something to scrape off the extra starch so you have a nice level spoonful.

2. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the bowl.

3. Add 3 drops of food colouring.

4. Stir the mixture.

This mixture should be hard to stir unless you stir very, very slowly. If it seems runny, add a few pinches more cornstarch. If it seems really dry, add a bit more water.

Now try squeezing a little bit of your magic mud between your fingers and rolling it into a ball. Then open your hand and watch what happens. Poke the top of your magic mud quickly, and your finger will bounce off. But if you sink your finger in slowly, the mud will swallow it up! It acts like a liquid and a solid!

For a real adventure, try using the same measurements (5 parts cornstarch, 3 parts water) to make up a really big batch in a large pan, or even a kids’ swimming pool! If you run fast enough, you can actually run across the top of the magic mud. Just don’t slow down, or you’ll find yourself sinking into the goo!

Experiment 2: The Incredible Giant Hand

For this experiment, you will need baking soda, vinegar, and a rubber glove. If you don’t have one, you could use a balloon to make The Incredible Giant Head.

1. Use a marker to draw hair on the rubber glove (or a face on the balloon).

2. Carefully add a few spoonfuls of baking soda to the glove.

3. Pour some vinegar into the glove.

4. Tie the glove closed, like you would a balloon. Shake it around a bit.

Now watch what happens. The hand (or head) will grow!

When the solid baking soda and the liquid vinegar meet, they react to form a gas called carbon dioxide.

They make so much of it that it will blow up your balloon for you.

Experiment 3: Acid or Alkali

For this experiment, you need some beetroot or red cabbage. It also provides you with a tasty snack.

1. Have an adult help you boil the cabbage or beetroot until the water changes colour.

2. Collect some of the coloured water.

Scientists use something called pH indicator to measure how acid or alkali something is. Different acids and alkalis will make the indicator change different colours.

You’ve just made pH indicator. Have an adult help you test small amounts of your coloured water with acids and alkalis around …

The Unscientific Approach

Although they are very much popular these days, there are a lot of controversies surrounding the practice of chiropractic medicine. For one, some of them do not actually follow the usual medical approach to health problems. Meaning, some of them would be mercifully resorted to in fact getting a cure for a certain problem that they get rid of scientifically accepted principles like immunization and fluoridation. With this, can they be trusted?

Actually, it's a pointless issue to try to debate science with their conservative approach. For one thing, science has their own sets of guidelines that they believe is true based on the scientific researches that they had employed through time. On the other hand, the different approach of chiropractic medicine may not be rebut as something wrong since this branch of medicine had also employed their unique approach in order to better prove that what they are doing is indeed beneficial to the body. This is seen on the many people who tested positively to the result of chiropractic medicine.

However, if you are really skeptical in trying to use their approach then you do not have to worry since there are chiropractics that would employ science and their conservative approach at the same time. Through them, you can get the best out of the two worlds.

You need to look for reputable one however given that there are many of them who honesty had escaped out of the window just in order to get more profits. Ask around for recommendation. …

Percy Harvin Early Life Bio – Former University of Florida (UF) Gators Football Player

The professional football player widely known as Percy Harvin was actually born William Percival Harvin III in May of 1988 and adopted the nickname Percy as short for his middle name Percival at a young age. Harvin went onto garner national attention as a standout player for the University of Florida (UF) Gators football program where he was an offensive weapon that helped the college win two national championships. After being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in April of 2009 Percy has enjoyed the entire of his pro football career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Minneapolis based Minnesota Vikings.

Long before becoming one of the favorite receiving targets for future hall of fame quarterback Brett Favre Percy grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he excelled in athletics at Landstown High School. In 2004 the Landstown Eagles, his school football team, won a Virginia state championship. Interestingly with a high school state championship in 2004 and college national championships in 2006 and 2008 Harvin near won championships at the high school, college, and professional levels in a five year span before the Vikings suffered an overtime loss that resulted in the team being knocked out of the NFL playoffs one game shy of reaching the Super Bowl. A little known fact is that years before even winning a high school football championship Percy was part of a Pop Warner football team at the age of 13 that actually won the Pop Warner National Championship.

At 5'11 "Harvin has always been considered a bit undersized and has also always been considered one of the fastest players on the football field. Percy reportedly ran a 40 yard dash in 4.32 seconds as a freshman in high school. that speed would be considered one of the fastest even by NFL combine standards. In February of 2009 at the NFL Combine Harvin was timed in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.41 seconds.

As a track and field star Percy set five state track and field records and won state championships in the 200 meter dash, triple jump, long jump, 400 meter relay, and 100 meter dash. The success Harvin had on the track was unpresented as no one in the state of Virginia had ever before won five state championships in a single track meet.

The unrivaled speed that Harvin demonstrated on the grid iron, track, and even the basketball court made him one of the most coveted high school enrollments in the nation. In 2005 Percy was nationally recognized by respected football recruiting publications as being the top junior prospect in the country. Ultimately Harvin decided to play college football for the University of Florida over competitive scholarship from perceived front runner Florida State University as well as the University of Miami, University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan. …

3 Sample Meal Plans For the Perfect Bodybuilding Diet

The perfect bodybuilding diet consist of 5 or 6 meals every day. That means that you should eat every 2 to 3 hours. At the end of the day you should have had nutrients from each of the food groups and pick foods that build muscle . To help you here are some sample meal plans you can start out with. Remember that you should consume 3 grams of carbs and 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound body weight daily.

Sample Meal Plan # 1

Meal 1:
Vegetable omelet (3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 cup veggies) You can also add some chicken or lean beef if you want.

Meal 2:
One cup yogurt or a protein shake

Meal 3:
6 oz Chicken,
Small raw vegetable salad,
1 bagel

Meal 4:
1 piece fruit,
3-4 oz Chicken

Meal 5:
6 oz fish,
1 – Cup grilled veggies,
1 – Cup brown rice

Sample Meal Plan # 2

Meal 1:
3 packs instant oatmeal,
1 banana,
1 cup of yogurt,
1 cup of cottage cheese

Meal 2:
Protein shake,
1 large baked potato

Meal 3:
8 ounces chicken breast,
2 cups pasta,
1 apple,
1 cup yogurt

Meal 4:
1 can of tuna,
1 – 2 cups broccoli

Meal 5:
Protein shake,
1 cup brown rice

Meal 6:
8 ounces broiled fish,
1 cup veggies,
2 cups rice

Sample Meal Plan # 4

Meal 1:
Breakfast burrito (3 egg whites, 1 whole egg scrambled, 1 cup onion / green pepper mix, salsa)
1 cup cottage cheese,
1 cup berries,

Meal 2:
Protein shake,
1 cup raw veggies

Meal 3:
Salmon burger on whole wheat bun (canned salmon, 1 egg white, onions cooked in a non-stick fry pan)
1 large potato cut into strips, brushed with olive oil, and baked in oven until crispy,
1 garden salad drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar,

Meal 4:
Protein shake,
1 cup yogurt

Meal 5:
8 ounces chicken breast, cut into chunks, fried in olive oil and seasoned with oregano, garlic salt, and basil,
1 cup cooked tomatoes,
2 cups pasta,
1 cup broccoli / cauliflower mix

Meal 6:
Protein shake,
1 cup melon,
1 cup yogurt

There's really no need to measure carefully for the portions suggested. This is not an exact science! Eyeball your portions and consider the following chart:

Portion / Size:
1 oz. meat = Matchbox,
3 oz. meat = Deck of cards,
8 oz. meat = Thin paperback book,
3 oz. fish = Checkbook,
1 oz. cheese = Four dice,
1 med. potato = Computer mouse,
2 tbsp. peanut butter = Ping pong ball,
1 cup pasta = Tennis ball,
1 bagel = Hockey puck

Of course, these are only recommended meal plans. You can mix it up as you want to. It's a good idea to plan ahead and pre-cook your meals. Keep vegetables cut up in the refrigerator so you do not have to work too hard at meal time. …

Public Education Is Deteriorating

Public education is deteriorating and between the politicians, the education bureaucrats and the unions, it is not likely to be reformed. It will continue to crank out a generous quantity of functional illiterates. But if it were going to be reformed, the first step would be to repeal compulsory attendance laws.

Many of today's parents look upon public schools as a free baby-sitting service. They need to be reprogrammed to the fact that public education is a privilege, not a right and if they send their little hoodlum to school, that is exactly what you will get back home. The message should be, you re an ill-mannered ogre, and you live with it.

Public schools need to flush out the delinquents. Now, if you wish to build separate institutions for them, so be it, but teachers can not be expected to teach academic subjects if they have to also act as surrogate parents, bouncers, psychologists and psychotherapists. Far too many social problems are being dumped into the public schools.

I once considered teaching high school social studies. I was quickly cured of that idea after substitute teaching at a couple junior and senior high schools. Once I was asked to sub in a computer class during the second half of the day. I asked the teacher of that class if I could come in and observe how she connected the class during the morning hours-to see what the norm was. She agreed. It was terrible-she had absolutely no control of the class. A couple of kids were making out in the back of the classroom (I'm talking about getting it on). Paper wads were thrown around and the teacher paid it no mind. Instead she focused her attention in on two girls at the front of the class who were making a concerted effort to learn. I knew then that I was in for a rough time.

That after noon I was kicking kids out of the class left and right and sending them to the office only to have them sent back to me. Soon the office sent me word that I was not to send any more students to them. I told that office to send the students home. They said that the school was a closed campus. I sent word back to them to open it up and send them home anyway.

Classroom discipline should be as tight as a boot camp. Under no circumstances should any pupil be allowed to display rude behavior. Schools and staff should be given sovereign immunity against lawsuits. Suspensions and expulsions should be irrevocable and there should be no appeal. We need higher standards placed on academics.

The present public education system can not sustain this nation. The floodwaters of ignorance and stupidly are rising relentlessly. We have college graduates who do not know eight-grade English grammar or even how many states make up the union. Or what the union is. We have too few engineers, scientists and doctors. There are …