The Illinois Science Council is delighted to partner with the University of Chicago to bring students’ science writing texts to Science Unsealed.

In February 2019, Science Unsealed editors-in-chief Dana Simmons and Ben Marcus spoke to fourth-year University of Chicago students about methods for effective science communication.  In the upcoming months, Science Unsealed will publish seven articles from the students in this course.  Each student had the opportunity to select a topic they were interested in, revise their work under the direction of their instructors, and work directly with the Science Unsealed editors to prepare their work for publication.  The topics range from quantum mechanics to space dust, and we are sure they will spark your scientific curiosity.

If you’re hosting a science writing workshop at your college or university and you are looking for somewhere your students can publish their work, contact us at


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Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

On April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, from Mexico to the Maine-Canadian border. For those who experienced the spectacular solar eclipse of 2017, this one will be similar, crossing the United States from west to east and passing through or near several major metropolitan areas. And while its path is quite different this time, Carbondale, Illinois, a reasonable destination for Chicago-area residents, will once again be on the line of totality.    

Just a little background on eclipses:  Lunar and solar eclipses are not uncommon – they each occur about twice a year when the moon is crossing the ecliptic, the path of the sun in the sky.

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