Congratulations to the winners of Science Unsealed’s Sci-ku contest! We had a blast reading through all the entries, and are delighted to share these Sci-ku with the world.

Next up is limericks, so get ready to rhyme!

Biology ‘n’ Brains

My tangled proteins; 

amyloid plaques hang like cobwebs

trapping me in time.

-Michael Sherrillo

Space, time, waves

I fight entropy.

What a meaningless battle.

I will always lose.

-José Poves


Below freezing temps

“Global warming isn’t real!”

Weather, not climate

-Sarah Anderson

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01010111 01100101 01101100 01101100, 01000110 01110010 01111001 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01100001 01101110 00100000 01101111 01101011 01100001 01111001 00100000 01100111 01110101 01111001,

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(translated from binary)

Destroy all humans!

Well, Fry is an okay guy,

He can have a pass

-Paul Eberhart

Bonus CATegory: cats!

dimensional rift – 

a tuxedo cat dances

in and out of time

-Valentina Ranaldi-Adams


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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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