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Archive for September 2013

IBEX Spacecraft Measures Shifting Interstellar Winds

According to this article from the University of Chicago News, data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft, show that interstellar winds are blowing into our solar system from a different direction than previously observed.  Measurements collected by IBEX were found to be different than measurements collected by the Ulysses spacecraft in the 1990s, leading…

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Social Good Fellowship Program Uses Math to Help People

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, is a University of Chicago program that partners 40 undergraduate and graduate students with non-profit organizations and government agencies to build data-driven tools to solve large-scale social problems such as improving city services, predicting medical emergencies or crime, measuring the impact of early-childhood interventions and…

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“Crazy Aunt Lindsey” Teaches Chemistry to Kids

Check out this fun video featuring “Crazy Aunt Lindsey” teaching kids all about the chemistry of butter-making.  Her zany but serious enthusiasm for chemistry reminds us of our very own Junior Agent Sparks! Crazy Aunt Lindsey has more science fun on her website titled, “Welcome to the Fab Lab”. Watch the chemistry fun at http://boingboing.net/2013/09/11/kids-learn-butter-making-and-c.html!  

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High School Student Designs Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

This Mashable post features a flashlight designed by 15-year-old high school student Ann Makosinski to run entirely on heat produced from your hands.  She calls the device a “hollow flashlight”, and she explains that it uses Peltier tiles to transform warmth into electricity: “Basically, they’re these flat tiles, and if your body heat runs on one…

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Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Several studies cited in this post by Annie Murphy Paul in the KQED MindShift blog suggest that girls should play more video games to improve their math and especially their spatial skills.  According to research published in Psychological Science, the ability to manipulate shapes is a predictor of creative and scholarly achievements.  High scores in tests of…

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The First Professional Female Scientist: Laura Bassi, 1711-1778

Science 2.0 recently profiled the first professional female scientist that few people know of.  Laura Bassi was an Italian experimental physicist in the 1700s!  In fact, in addition to being a renowned teacher of physics, she helped develop the very discipline of experimental physics as a professor at the University of Bologna.  Elected to the…

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New Science: What Exactly is Astrovirology?

This interesting article from Jeffrey Marlow at Wired makes the case for a new branch of science called astrovirology – the study of viruses in space.  While there is some debate according to the article about whether viruses are technically considered a form of life, they are the most abundant form of biomass on Earth and…

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