Q: We caught a skink in the library and it dropped it's tail. The tail moved for a while but then stopped. But when we rapped on the shelf, it responded. The skink was a live - we put it outside. When is something considered "alive"?
A: The tail has lots of nerve endings in it to confuse predators.
Q: Does a naked mole rat really live forever if it doesn't get injured?
Q: How would the media have reacted if Donald Trump came down with pneumonia?
(Authors note: This is in reference to the other presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton coming down with pneumonia during the campaign trail)
Q: The Galapagos Islands are on the equator, but it is not really hot there in the summer. Why?
A: The Humboldt current brings up cold weather from Antartica.
Q: Are the Galapagos islands a territory, country, continent or in association with another government?
A: The Galapagos Islands are a national park of Ecuador.
Q: I read that in Swaziland the toilet water gets flushed the opposite direction as in the United states because Swaziland is in the Southern Hemisphere. What does this mean for tornados? Do they spin the opposite direction in Northern and Souther hemispheres? -Rachel (counselor)
And hurricanes? -Elaine (librarian)
A: That is a myth. The coriolis effect, as it is known, is caused by the earth's rotation, and effects large weather systems such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The water in your sink or toilet does not travel fast enough to be significantly affected by the coriolis effect.
Q: What animal has killed the most people through desease? - Zeph
A: Mosquitoes kill the most- from Smithsonian.com.
Q: Are Democrats a minority? How many people are Republican, Democrat, or unaffiliated?
A: 27% Republican, 32% Democrat, and 36% Independent.
Q: How many steps is it around the earth at the equator? How long does it take the average person to take that many steps?
Q: Why are you not supposed to run a microwave with nothing in it?
A: Running a microwave with nothing in it damages the microwave. This is because the waves that the microwave sends out to heat up food will destroy the motor and and or the battery when there is nothing for the waves to go through.