Maple Copters {InstaScience}

These days, my kids areĀ finding the ground littered with nature's helicopters - the maple seed! We always stop, pick up a few, let them go, and watch nature take flight. Maples produce these helicopter-like seeds in late summer or early fall. They vary in size, shape, and color based on the species of maple they come from. The seed pods have a wing that grows out from the ovary where the … [Read more...]

Double Cherries {InstaScience}

We love fresh cherries in our house - a bag of them does not last very long between the four of us. But a recent chance pull of some double cherries led us to set down the bag and learn some science instead! We guessed that these double wonders were products of a seed split or maybe some genetic mutation. So, we weren't so keen to actually eat them. But after a bit of research, we learned … [Read more...]