The Illinois Science Council is delighted to partner with the University of Chicago to bring students’ science writing to Science Unsealed for the second year in a row!

In October 2019, Science Unsealed editors-in-chief Dana Simmons and Ben Marcus made a guest appearance at the University of Chicago in a class designed to teach students how to communicate science to people like you. For the next few months, Science Unsealed will publish 15 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. And boy, are we excited to show you what they’ve created. The topics range from the question of whether plants can learn to the question why cancer is so hard to beat. We’re confident that you’ll find a topic you’ll enjoy reading about.

Here are the blogs we published from the last round of UChicago students:

If you’re hosting a science writing workshop at your college or university and you are looking for an online platform where 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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