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Museum Plans to Put Scientists On Display

Museum Plans to Put Scientists On Display

A rendering of the exterior of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center Imagine walking through a science museum and, among the usual displays of dinosaur bones, butterflies, and amphibians you come upon a series of windows into state-of-the-art research labs.

January 20, 2012 — Anna Kuchment
Building A (Real) Bridge to 2012

Building A (Real) Bridge to 2012

One winning solution, displayed at the Museum of Science Boston The paper bridge we built, holding up numerous poker chips How does a bridge work?

December 31, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Ask Brian Greene Anything-Really

Ask Brian Greene Anything-Really


Tonight PBS airs the second of its four part series “Fabric of the Cosmos,” (9 pm ET/PT) based on the bestselling book by Columbia physicist and mathematician Brian Greene.

November 9, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Where Rotting Pumpkins and Engineering Converge

Where Rotting Pumpkins and Engineering Converge

Mt. Olive High School's trebuchet Got a Jack-O-Lantern that’s past its prime? In the story below, Rose Eveleth reports on one creative way of tossing it.

November 7, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
Woolly Bear Olympics, Ball Galls, and more fall bug fun

Woolly Bear Olympics, Ball Galls, and more fall bug fun

A Monarch butterfly on a goldenrod plant Watching a Monarch butterfly flit past the 9 th floor windows of our Manhattan offices the other day reminded me that the annual fall migration is in full swing.

October 13, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
A Biology Teacher's Ode to Sir David Attenborough

A Biology Teacher's Ode to Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, © BBC/Rolf Marriott. Molly Josephs, who teaches 5 th , 7 th and 9 th grade biology at The Dalton School in Manhattan, wrote to me recently about the educational value of nature films for kids.

September 22, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
The New, New Math: A Parent's Guide

The New, New Math: A Parent's Guide

Kindergarten counting bears There are big changes underway in how kids across the country are learning math. Forty-four states plus the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of standards that detail what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level, from Kindergarten through the end of high school.

September 6, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
A moth is born

A moth is born

Virginia Tiger Moth, shot by DaynaT via Flickr So, our caterpillar finally came out of its cocoon, and it’s a … beautiful white moth. To be specific, it's a Virginia Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which comes from the arctiidae family (eNature.com and discoverlife.com are two useful sites for identifying bugs).

August 8, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

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