The Science of Prairie Burning
Fire is one of the most destructive forces that can wreak havoc on our communities. Forest fires and house fires […]
Does Sprinkles McFluffington have Resting Cat Face?
Why is your cat so judgmental? Sure, you’ve been lounging on the couch stuffing your face and binging on Netflix […]
Liquid Rocks and Where to Find Them
Summer in Illinois can feel unbearably hot, but how hot is that exactly? At 80ºF, Illinoisans can be found enjoying […]
Be a Superhero with Biomimicry
Have you ever wanted to build a suit that gives you superhuman capabilities? What would you do if you could […]
Gasping for Air in the Colorado Rockies
Last year, my friends and I went hiking in the awe-inspiring mountains in Denver, Colorado. The five of us are […]
Chemical Warfare: an Assault on your Nervous System
You’re out protesting for a cause that’s near-and-dear to your heart. You’re used to getting jostled around in the crowd, […]
Tiny Folds, Big Sounds: The Physiology of Singing
Marissa Simmons is a professional opera singer and private music teacher in the Chicagoland area. During her studies at the […]
Truffles, Dogs, Pigs, and Us
Today, the truffle is one of the world’s most expensive and extravagant foods, reserved for foodies’ special occasions. They present […]
Mimicking Biology with Polymers in the Lab
This week, Dr. Caroline Szczepanski sat down with the #ISCblog editors to share her exciting research on creating new materials […]
The Mystery of the DeYoung Diamond
A mystery red gemstone is in front of you on a table. Is it a ruby? Is it a garnet? […]
Maximizing the Sparkle of a Diamond
Flashes of fiery light. Infinite sparkles. The hardest rock on the scale. A traditional symbol of both love and status. […]
Spotted from Antarctica: the Oldest Light in the Universe
How do you study light from the beginning of the universe? What happened right after the Big Bang?
Decoding Your Genetic History
If man with a diabetic grandfather and a woman with a family history of cancer decide that they want to […]
Training your Dog with Science
Dogs and their human family members have always shared a special bond. It’s no mystery to a dog owner where […]
Can the Brain Ever be “Full”?
We have answered another great science question posed to us from Ask a Scientist!
Music Therapy for Children with Rare Diseases
Kerry Morgan Hughes is the founder and president of Harmony 4 Hope, a non-profit organization that brings music therapy to […]
Familial Dysautonomia: A Search for A Cure
Familial Dysautonomia (FD) is a rare, life-threatening, genetic, neurologic disease that attacks the autonomic nervous system.