T.H. Culhane On Monday Google will announce the winners of its second annual Google Science Fair. As SA did last year, we've partnered with Google on the competition, and editor in chief Mariette DiChristina serves as a judge.
When William Schmidt, an expert on math education at Michigan State University, moved his family from East Lansing to Charlottesville, Virginia for a year’s research leave, his work took a personal turn.
Manhattanhenge, by EffingBoring via Flickr Invited Guest Post by Evelyn Lamb (@evelynjlamb) Later today the setting sun will align with Manhattan's street grid to produce a striking phenomenon dubbed "Manhattanhenge." Taking its name from the more famous Stonehenge in England, where the sun rises over the prominent Heel Stone on the summer solstice, Manhattanhenge happens twice a year, once about three weeks before the summer solstice (May 29th and 30th this year) and once about three weeks after (this Wednesday and Thursday).Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the city's American Museum of Natural History, is credited with "discovering" the phenomenon, which has grown in popularity since he published a photo of the setting sun from a vantage point looking west down 34th Street about a decade ago.
The 14-year-old winners of the Google Science Fair's Science in Action Award, sponsored by Scientific American, discuss their project: a way for subsistence farmers to grow crops in larger quantities using hydroponics instead of soil
My family is gearing up for a big weekend of science in New York City. First, there's the annual World Science Festival, which this year is bringing free activities like bug hunting, weather forecasting and marine ecology research to Brooklyn Bridge Park among many other locations.
The George Washington University engineering school's Pinhas Ben-Tzvi as RobotronMan A recent survey by Intel found that only 28 percent of teenagers had ever considered becoming engineers and that only 5 percent associated engineering with the word "cool." That's not terribly surprising given that engineering ranks in the bottom half of professions with which teens are familiar, falling below teacher, doctor, nurse, police officer, chef, lawyer, musician, professional athlete, scientist, and computer programmer.
CREDIT: Martin Cron, via Flikr One day after new test results showed that only 32 percent of U.S. 8 th graders are proficient in science, a group of 26 states has helped draft a document that may bring about a major overhaul of science education in this country.
A goldenrod crab spider getting ready for takeoff. Credit: Jim McCormac "Charlotte's Web," the E.B. White childhood classic, ends with Wilbur the pig eagerly waiting for Charlotte's baby spiders to emerge from their egg sac.
Two graduate students from the City University of New York's NOAA-CREST program showed me this simple experiment, above, for young kids. The three of us volunteered at an Earth Day fair at a New York City elementary school on Friday, and kids were mesmerized by it.It illustrates the concepts of accretion -- when the tiny droplets of water that form clouds bump into each other and combine to form larger drops -- and cohesion, the attraction that water molecules have for each other.
The Cambridge Science Festival 2011, courtesy of the M.I.T. Museum Earlier this week The New York Times profiled the director of the M.I.T. Museum and founder of the Cambridge Science Festival, John Durant.
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