Today is 4/4/16, and do you know what that means? It’s Square Root Day! Continue reading “The Shape of Square Roots”
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 places?
Continue reading “The Search for Pi: 3.14 and Beyond”
On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Illinois Science Council (ISC) participated in the 4th Annual Chicago Volunteer Expo held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Continue reading “Illinois Science Council at the 2016 Chicago Volunteer Expo”
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. Continue reading “Using Music as A Therapeutic Tool for Children with Rare Diseases”
2016 is a leap year. Don’t forget! This year, we will have 366 days instead of our usual 365, giving us the enigmatic February 29th. Continue reading “The Science of Leap Years”
Normal headphones fall out of my ears with just a gentle nudge and I am too lazy to buy specialty sports earbuds. Additionally, despite the science that tells me otherwise, covering my ears with anything warms me up considerably, almost as much as wearing an extra layer. As someone who sweats just thinking about the sun, I opt to keep my ears well ventilated. Continue reading “Music: A Legal and Healthy Performance Enhancer”
In 1915, Albert Einstein proposed one of his most revolutionary ideas, the Theory of General Relativity. Continue reading “LIGO Researchers detect Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Collision”
The United States is facing a major health crisis, and you may not have heard much about this one in the national news: according to the National Institutes of Heath, about 1 in 12 Americans abuse illicit drugs.
Familial Dysautonomia (FD) is a rare, life-threatening, genetic, neurologic disease that attacks the autonomic nervous system. Continue reading “Familial Dysautonomia Research”
Popcorn. Classic movie snack. Perfect combination of salty and light, fluffy crunch. Continue reading “Why Does Popcorn Pop?”
Glass is a solid, right? Obviously. You touch it, your finger doesn’t go through. You stand it upright, it doesn’t collapse. Continue reading “Glass: Solid or Liquid?”
Last week, the ISC and our partner, 1871, welcomed NASA engineer-turned #1 best-selling author Randall Munroe to 1871’s Merchandise Mart office to discuss his latest book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Continue reading “Randall Munroe, Author of “Thing Explainer,” Comes to 1871 to Talk in Simple Terms”
Science and art share a storied history. For centuries, practitioners of these two disciplines have borrowed skills, techniques, and knowledge from each other in an effort to enrich their own work. Continue reading “Finding Art in Human Anatomy”
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency of the U.S. government. Continue reading “Improving the Soybean, One Gene at a Time”
Here we are, Part III of our debriefing about the science demonstrations that you saw at the 2015 ISC cocktail party. Continue reading “ISC Cocktail Party 2015 Science Demos III: Prism Goggles Bag Toss”
Welcome to Part II of our ISC Cocktail Party science demo debriefing (check out Part I here). Continue reading “ISC Cocktail Party 2015 Science Demos II : 3D Sound and Change Blindness”
Thank you to to everyone who came to the Illinois Science Council’s Science Cocktail party!
As you may have noticed, because we thought the food, drinks,
music, raffle, and photo booth wouldn’t be enough, we provided you with a healthy dose of science as well. What would a science cocktail party be without it? In case you missed some of the demos, or if you want to learn more about the science behind them, you can read about each one here: Continue reading “ISC Cocktail Party 2015 Science Demos I : Brainwaves Battle and the Mirror Drawing Task”