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How to Get the Most of The Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

 

On August 21, the United States will be witness to an event that hasn’t happened in 99 years, a total solar eclipse that will span across the entire North America!

“An eclipse was never on my list of things to do, but after seeing two of them, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science Communication. “When you see the sun being covered up by the moon and these little balls in space line up, it doesn’t look like a sky from this planet. It looks like something that … READ MORE

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Spotting the ISS: Just Look to the Sky for Inspiration

International space Station

How A Thunderstorm and The International Space Station
Turned A Swim Meet Upside Down

Most people think that you need a high-powered telescope to spot the International Space Station, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think.

It was pushing 9pm, the final swim meet of the season was only half over, and we’d already been at the pool for more than 4 hours due, in part, to a half-hour “thunder delay” and deluge that hit during warm-ups. My girls were tired, hungry, but still eagerly anticipating the second of their two races each on the night.… READ MORE

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Superhero Science: What Every Nerd Needs To Know to be a hero

A Comic-Con Special: Unmasking the The Secrets of Comic Book Physics

Superhero Science

From Spiderman’s web-slinging to The Flash’s super intense metabolism, Superhero Science continues to inspire Nerds.

When you think of Comic-Con, you might think of characters from the Marvel or DC Comics universe and the many summer blockbuster action movies they’ve spawned. Or you might think sci-fi, which has its own comics following and is no slouch when it comes to blockbusters – cough…Star Wars…cough.

Then again, if you’re like University of Minnesota physics Professor James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, you just … READ MORE

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Kids Need to Learn to Code: Here’s How to Do It Right

Learn to Code

 

No matter their interests, Kids will find fun in coding

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist

My motivation came from a workshop. THE workshop in my career that changed everything. One Saturday afternoon in Holyoke, Massachusetts in January 2015, I was going to learn to code.

I went into the workshop convinced I was going to be clueless. What did I know about coding? My last attempt was in 1988 when I saw a blinking cursor on a screen and had to write in lines of code to make the computer work. Didn’t innovation and my new Macbook … READ MORE

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Dear stressed out science student: here are the answers to your questions about #sciencelife.

Science.Sam, Reveals Her Secrets to The Science Life to Help Other Future Scientists Achieve Their Dream Job

Science Life

GUEST POST: The Science Life with Science.Sam

If you had asked 6 year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer would’ve been “a scientist!” At the time I was perhaps more excited by the bangs and whistles of chemistry and astronomy as opposed to the biology I now study for my PhD, but my love of science started early and has never wavered.

But it has been challenged. A lot!

I was the first in my family to … READ MORE

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How to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau (Part 2)

How to Explore Your World and Save the Planet with Social Entrepreneur Philippe Cousteau

Grandson of Filmmaking Legend Jacques Cousteau Explains How Empowering Young Science Activists is Good for Business and Critical for Survival

 

Last week, in Part I of his Nerd Profile, Philippe Cousteau told us about his background and early influences, and we learned how they inspired his:

  • Passion for environmental conservation and other causes that impact women, children, and families around the world
  • The founding of EarthEcho International; and
  • His diverse work in broadcasting, filmmaking, and online media.

Here in Part II, you’ll learn more about how this explorer, media personality, and respected environmental advocate approaches new challenges, advises … READ MORE