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Jan. 22, 2010

Mushroom Prints

By Austen Saltz

In this lesson, students will be amateur mycologists--collecting and analyzing various mushrooms. Through observation and discussion, students will gain knowledge of the basic anatomy of mushrooms, their life cycle, and their method of reproduction throug...

mycology, fungi, organic matter, penicillin, spore, biology

Aug. 10, 2010

Best Bubbles

By Austen Saltz

Astronauts are allowed to bring special “crew preference” items when they go up in space. NASA astronaut Don Pettit chose candy corn for his five and a half month stint aboard the International Space Station. But these candy corn were more than a snack; P...

NASA, candy corn, bubble, soap, water, chemistry

Jun. 11, 2010

Testing The Waters

By Austen Saltz

Think oysters are good on the half shell? They may be even better whole. Oysters can restore marine habitats by cleaning water, creating homes for other sea life and preventing coastal erosion. But oyster populations around the world have declined, expert...

sea life, habitat, marine science, water, biology, chemistry

Jun. 11, 2010

Capturing Carbon Dioxide

By Austen Saltz

Basalt formations off the East Coast of the U.S. could hold a billion of tons of carbon dioxide, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Paul Olsen, of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, takes ...

rock, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gas, climate change

Jun. 11, 2010

Sublime Sublimation

By Austen Saltz

Looking for ways to jazz up your party? Patrick Buckley, co-author of The Hungry Scientist Handbook, demonstrates how to make carbonated fruit. Materials required: fruit (the firmer the better), a pressure cooker and a handful of dry ice cubes. Note: This...

carbon dioxide, matter, gas, evaporation, chemistry

Jan. 22, 2010

Basketball Physics

By Austen Saltz

Many popular sports, including basketball, are based upon the use of a ball. Yet each type of ball is easily associated with a specific sport, because each ball is distinctly different. A ball’s performance is directly influenced by its characteristics o...

air pressure, elasticity, composition, energy, chemistry

Jan. 22, 2010

Gooey Gak

By Austen Saltz

Complex fluids are special kinds of mixtures that have characteristics of more than one phase of matter. In this video, the combination of cornstarch and water resulted in a substance that exhibited the properties of a solid and a liquid depending on the ...

fluids, liquids, polymers, molecule, chemistry

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