2020 is a leap year. Don’t forget! In 2020, we will have 366 days instead of our usual 365, giving us the enigmatic February 29th. Didn’t we just have a leap year in 2016? Why do we have leap years at all?Continue reading “Why Do We Have Leap Years?”
Normal earbud headphones fall out of my ears with just a gentle nudge, as I am too lazy to buy specialty sports earbuds. I don’t want headphones that cover my ears, though, because, 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: A Search for A Cure”
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. You whack a baseball through it, and it shatters into a million pieces. 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, especially in the study of human anatomy. 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”
Do caterpillars taste? Do they have tongues? Can you taste things without a tongue?
Illinois is the United States’ top soybean-producing state. In 2014, Illinois farmers produced about 550,000 bushels of soybeans over almost 10 million acres – a swath of land almost the size of Switzerland! But, with a global health crisis, a growing population, and a changing climate threatening our land, our state’s soybean crops are under threat. Fortunately, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with several universities, is trying to find ways to increase the strength, nutritional value, and viability of our most valuable crops, including soybeans, so that they continue to prosper well into the future. 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. Here, let’s delve into why you struggled to hit the bucket so much during the prism goggles bean bag toss. Continue reading “How the Prism Goggles Beanbag Toss Works”
Welcome to Part II of our ISC Cocktail Party brain illusions debriefing (check out Part I here). Continue reading “More Brain Illusions at the Science Cocktail Party”
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, in the form of brain games. What would a science cocktail party be without real, mind-blowing brain games ? 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 “Brain Games at the 2015 Science Cocktail Party”