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LSD and the Elephant

LSD and the Elephant

  Humans are wonderful research subjects.  They can think pretty well, and they can speak, too.  Our ability to speak is probably our most prized asset in research, as it is the only way researchers can find out directly how their research subjects are feeling.  For all the good that humans provide in research, however, researchers can… Continue Reading

Decoding Your Genetic History

Decoding Your Genetic History

By Dana Simmons If man with a diabetic grandfather and a woman with a family history of cancer decide that they want to have a child, but they are unsure of whether their families’ health problems may reappear in their children, where can they turn to get answers?  A genetic counselor. Genetic counselors provide expertise… Continue Reading

How do Thunderstorms Form?

How do Thunderstorms Form?

By Andy Mayka     We have our next Ask a Scientist question, brought to us by Susan F., a 1st-grade teacher who wanted to know more about how our weather forms.  To answer Susan’s intriguing question, we caught up with Andy Mayka, a mechanical engineer who uses principles of meteorology in his daily work.  … Continue Reading

Can the Brain Ever be “Full”?

Can the Brain Ever be “Full”?

We have answered another great science question posed to us from Ask a Scientist! Roksha, a first-grader, learned about working with a growth mindset at school.  In class, she has discussed how having a growth mindset means focusing on school work and putting forth your best effort.  Roksha’s class talked about how your brain is a… Continue Reading

The Search for Pi: 3.14 and Beyond

The Search for Pi: 3.14 and Beyond

By Katie Elyce Jones     Started 28 years ago at San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum (1), March 14, or Pi Day, has become a classroom tradition. But what is pi? Why do we celebrate it by slicing up circular junk food? And why are mathematicians still calculating digits of pi into the trillions of decimal… Continue Reading

Music: A Therapeutic Tool for Children with Rare Diseases

Music: A Therapeutic Tool for Children with Rare Diseases

Kerry Morgan Hughes is the founder and president of Harmony 4 Hope, a non-profit organization that brings music to hospitalized children with rare diseases.  As the president of Harmony 4 Hope, Kerry’s mission is to mobilize the community to become aware of what it’s like to live with a rare disease, and to support funding… Continue Reading

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