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Giant Prehistoric Amoeba the Size of Your Hand

Photo credit: Lisa Levin & David Checkley Dinosaur movies have taught us that things were a lot larger back in prehistoric times, but this is ridiculous! Scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography have [...]

Would You Qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee?

Last week, eighth grader Sukanya Roy took the title of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bees ever by rattling off the correct letters of “Cymotrichous” with the same ease as if the judges had asked her to spell “cat.” See if your spelling skills are up to par with hers by taking the Scripps spelling [...]

The Quick 10: The Last 10 Words of the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee

Last week, eighth grader Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., clinched one of the longest-running Scripps National Spelling Bees ever by rattling off the correct letters of “Cymotrichous” with the same ease as if the judges had asked her to spell “cat.” In case your vocabulary isn’t quite as amazing as hers, here are [...]

Spell Along at Home!

If you’re watching the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee and want to play along at home, here are a few spelling quizzes we’ve run over the years. We should be doing regular spelling quizzes. Any topics you’d like to see covered?