A Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar (the black and white one) with a Banded Tussock Moth caterpillar above it. Last week, my parents’ yard in Western Massachusetts was overrun with fuzzy black and white creatures known as Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillars ( Lophocampa caryae )...
This year's Google Science Fair winner, Brittany Wenger, 17, from Sarasota, Florida, spent more than 600 hours coding a sophisticated computer program to help doctors detect breast cancer using a less invasive form of biopsy...
Finalists and winners of the 2012 Google Science Fair. Foreground: Vint Cerf and Shree Bose (2011 winner) An expectant crowd gathered last night inside an airplane hangar at a flight school in Palo Alto, California to hear the winners of the second annual Google Science Fair...
Titus Mandla Sithole This year, Scientific American funded the first Science in Action award, a $50,000 prize as part of the Google Science Fair. The prize also includes a year of mentoring to advance the work...
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...
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