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Budding Scientist Projects: Raising a Monarch

Budding Scientist Projects: Raising a Monarch

Our pet Monarch caterpillar Two weeks ago, I set out in search of milkweed hoping to find an egg laid by a Monarch butterfly. With no previous egg-hunting experience, I was armed only with what I had read in the terrific book “My Monarch Journal” by Connie Muther and Anita Bibeau.

August 17, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
It's Raining Caterpillars [video]

It's Raining Caterpillars [video]

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 ).

August 9, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Teen Develops Less Invasive Means to Detect Breast Cancer

Teen Develops Less Invasive Means to Detect Breast Cancer

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.

July 25, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Google Science Fair: Inspiring Winners in Africa

Google Science Fair: Inspiring Winners in Africa

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.

July 22, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Google Science Fair: Uniting the `Avengers' of Innovation

Google Science Fair: Uniting the `Avengers' of Innovation

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.

July 19, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Why Math Teachers Feel Poorly Prepared

Why Math Teachers Feel Poorly Prepared

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.

July 13, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Here a Henge, There a Henge: Astronomy Fun on a Street Near You

Here a Henge, There a Henge: Astronomy Fun on a Street Near You

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.

July 10, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Teens Engineer a Way to Help Swazi Farmers

Teens Engineer a Way to Help Swazi Farmers

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

June 6, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

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.

June 1, 2012 — Anna Kuchment

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