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In his March 25th article in the New York Times, Nicholas St. Fleur explains the unmistakable smell of spring:

“Beneath our feet, countless microbes called Streptomyces release chemicals as they awaken and warm up this season.  Streptomyces bacteria spew geosmin as a weapon against other bacteria in the soil where they live.  Geosmin produces a distinct smell known as petrichor, which we recognize as the earthy scent following a rainstorm.”

You can read about the science behind this and seven other signs of spring in Nicholas’ article here.

Cool Web Stuff

And as the plants (and bugs) begin to reappear, check out this awesome time-lapse that took over a year to make, of carnivorous plants eating their prey!

Tips & Tricks

You may need a compass for this tricky question……

You have a cup of hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows in front of you on a picnic table at camp.  You are facing towards the North, and the cup is facing towards the South.

On which side is the cup’s handle?

Give up?  No matter what position the cup is in, its handle will always be on the outside!

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