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- 12/18/17--07:00: _NASA Has Been Shoot...
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- 02/19/18--07:00: _Knitting: For Senio...
- 02/26/18--07:00: _It’s 2018. How is C...
- 03/05/18--07:00: _The Mystery of the ...
- 03/12/18--07:00: _What’s In Your Ears...
- 03/12/18--10:00: _Pi, Pie, and a Pi-K...
- 03/15/18--07:00: _Chicago Gets a Head...
- 03/19/18--07:00: _The Science of Luci...
- 03/22/18--07:00: _ISC Pi Day Run 2018...
- 12/18/17--07:00: NASA Has Been Shooting Lasers at the Moon to Challenge Einstein
- 01/08/18--07:00: Making Cheese Taste Gouda
- 01/15/18--07:00: The Reason Sugar Tastes So Darn Good
- 01/22/18--07:00: Are We Prepared for a Large Asteroid Impact?
- 01/29/18--07:00: Maximizing the Sparkle of a Diamond
- 02/05/18--07:00: Better Together: Symbiotic Relationships in the Sea
- 02/12/18--07:00: Where Would We Be Without Blood?
- 02/19/18--07:00: Knitting: For Senior Citizens or Scientists?
- 02/26/18--07:00: It’s 2018. How is Cancer Still a Thing?
- 03/05/18--07:00: The Mystery of the DeYoung Diamond
- 03/12/18--07:00: What’s In Your Ears Besides Wax?
- 03/12/18--10:00: Pi, Pie, and a Pi-K on Pi Day!
- 03/15/18--07:00: Chicago Gets a Head Start on the Vernal Equinox!
- 03/19/18--07:00: The Science of Lucid Dreaming
- 03/22/18--07:00: ISC Pi Day Run 2018: Another Great One for the Books!
Since the 1960s, the United States government has been shooting lasers at the moon. No, this is not a covert government conspiracy or a relic of the Cold War. It is NASA’s attempt to prove Einstein’s theories right. Let me explain. A little over 100 years ago, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity, […]
What does this… …have to do with this? The answer lies in these tiny organisms: When we think of milk, we usually think of cows, but by definition, all mammals produce milk. Mammals lactate, or secrete milk, that is unique to each species and […]
Sugar is everywhere. Kids crave it, pastry chefs live by it, and dieters avoid it like the plague.It comes naturally in our fruits, it’s added to our drinks, and it’s found in some form in virtually every packaged item at the grocery store. Some of us live by it, and for many of us, it does not love […]
On December 16, 2017 at about 5:00 PM CST, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon passed within 64 million miles of Earth. That’s about 27 times the distance to our Moon. While this may sound like a long distance (indeed, it would take on the order of one million hours to drive that distance in a car!), […]
Flashes of fiery light. Infinite sparkles. The hardest rock on the scale. A traditional symbol of both love and status. Diamonds have fascinated people through the ages. Their flashy optic properties captivate the viewer and make us wonder, “What is it about a diamond that makes the light bounce around and sparkle?” In answer to […]
This story begins with a giant worm that lives in one of the most inhospitable places in the planet. A giant, gutless, eyeless worm. In a historic exploratory voyage in 1977, Dr. Robert Ballard and his team found these majestic giant tube worms (Riftia pachyptila) towering over hydrothermal vents 8,000 feet deep in the sea […]
Where would we be without blood? That red stuff that carries vital oxygen from our lungs to our muscles, and helps move our body’s chemical waste to where it can be recycled or disposed of? Blood is vital for life in humans, but did you know that not all animals have blood, and that some […]
My first memory of knitting wasn’t of my grandmother making a scarf by a roaring fire, though it did involve a stern matron overlooking my work as her needles clacked together, knitting a blanket as we took out our pencils and our Scantrons. One of my high school math teachers, Mrs. Danielvich, loved knitting, and […]
Cancer is such a scary word. It comes in many different types, and chances are, it has touched your life in some way, whether through you or a loved one. The lifetime odds that you’ll end up with cancer are about four in ten, and the odds that it takes your life are about one […]
A mystery red gemstone is in front of you on a table. Is it a ruby? Is it a garnet? Is it a red diamond? The DeYoung Red Diamond, held in the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection in Washington D.C., presents a perplexing case. Observers originally thought the deep red 5.03-carat gem was a garnet. The […]
Our inner ear is the powerhouse of our hearing and vestibular (balance) senses. Hearing is part our everyday life: we play the music we love, chat with friends and family, and are aware of changes in our surroundings through sounds. On the other hand, our real “sixth sense”, the vestibular sense, often remains elusive to […]
Gather round Chicago! There’s still time to sign up for our 6th Annual Pi K Fun Run, this Wednesday, March 14th—3.14. Join us as we team up with Fleet Feet Sports in Old Town, Lincoln Square and Oak Park to exercise our love of all things circular and celebrate Pi Day with a 3.14 mile run/walk […]
Don’t be fooled – the calendar says the Spring equinox is on the March 20th, but in Chicago, we come closest to 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of sunlight on the 17th. I thought this oddity would have an easy explanation, but after a few hours or research, l learned there’s a lot […]
When I was about 12, I had a dream that children I didn’t know were chasing me and my friends around the YMCA’s playground. Normally, this dream would have been commonplace, except for a strange moment. I had just run up the jungle gym and was about to slide down, away from my pursuer, when […]
Illinois Science Council’s 6th annual Pi Day run was an all-around success! Over 300 science-loving and science-curious Chicagoans, young and old, participated in the 3.14 mile run/walk at one of three sponsoring Fleet Feet locations—Oak Park, and the Old Town and Lincoln Square neighborhoods in Chicago. Many runners could be seen sporting their official Pi […]