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23
October
2014

Oozing Pumpkin Experiment

Ahhh fall.  Changing leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and the chance for some fall-related science!  As you can tell from my profile photo, I’m a Halloween girl - so any excuse I have to bring Halloween fun to an experiment, I’m in.

Photo of oozing pumpkins experiment.
12
August
2014

Exploring the Intersection of Nanotechnology and Food

For my last post, I sat down with Dr. Jed Johnson from Nanofiber Solutions to talk about how nanotechnology is advancing medicine. You can see the video here.  Today we will be talking with Dr. Farnaz Maleky from The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center about how nanotechnology is advancing the food supply. Nanotechnology is simply the science of the very small. 

11
August
2014

COSI brings a Sensory Sensation to Canal Winchester!

On July 29th, LKS Team Members brought the Science at Your Fingertips outreach to The Cottage Child Development Center in Canal Winchester. Sixteen 3 year-olds from two classes sampled the different sensations of sand, snow and flubber!

Photo from Science at Your Fingertips Outreach Program.
05
August
2014

Quadcopters and Drones

You may have heard some talk recently about quadcopters or drones. From military applications, Amazon package delivery, and even a California based burrito delivery service unmanned aerial vehicles seem to be the emerging technology of the day. With all of these new developments people are right to be excited. Never before in history have we had the opportunity to purchase an aircraft that can be programmed to fly over a range of 1 mile without a pilot on board for less than $300. This fact positions quadcopters and drones to revolutionize transportation, agriculture, media production, military applications, and other industries as innovations are introduced. 
Mike Cairns from Infinite Impact studio does a quadcopter test flight in preparation for Thursday's COSI After Dark.
01
August
2014

Plastic Beach

Growing up, I was fortunate to have direct access to the Lake Erie shoreline. My relatives shared a house in Geneva on the Lake that my great-grandparents had purchased in the 1960s. The beach was a short walk from the back door, and I grew up with what was essentially a private environmental land lab. I could explore geology, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, engineering, and other sciences for days or weeks at a time. Of course, I didn’t know a lot of those words at first. It was mostly play, exploration, and asking questions.

When I was younger, much of the trash on the shoreline seemed like treasure trove. Broken glass turned into polished fragments. My cousins and I used sand dyed purple-black by iron-ore from freighters in imaginary potions. Aluminum cans and rusty iron could be scrapped for video arcade quarters.  A sand-scarred vintage Boba Fett figure was an especially great find. The beach was the perfect place for a Sarlacc pit.
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