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Human Vision and a Dress

At COSI we love to keep up with news items that relate to science. Today we were excited to see social media abuzz with people talking about a topic that at first seemed frivolous but provides a great way to talk about physics, evolutionary biology, and the physiology of the human visual system. Wired usually has great articles that tackle science topics in a fun way and this article by Adam Rogers where he interviews several neuroscientists is a great example.

A Floating City Above Venus?

Imagine an airship floating 30 miles above the surface of Venus - it's like something out of a Jules Verne novel. Right now, NASA is considering how to send astronauts to Venus in a floating city.

Autumn Equinox

September 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox, a unique event that marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal Equinox will take place today at 10:29 pm Eastern time. On the equinox, both day and night are nearly equal in duration, each lasting approximately 12 hours. 

Demonstration of Autumn Equinox.

Thinking about Climate Change: Global Warming versus Climate Change

My last blog post was inspired by social media comments, such as “So much for global warming”, made after a few particularly cold days in Ohio. As I mentioned previously, some of the confusion about the topic of global warming may come from the terminology we use to describe it. In my last post I explored the difference between weather and climate. Other terms that can be confusing are global warming and global climate change.

The Elements of July 4th

Ah, holidays! There's nothing like them. With every occasion there is plenty of food, loved ones and just an overall good time. Though they're all special in their own right, what makes the 4th of July particularly fun are the roars, booms and flashing lights of fireworks....
Photo of fireworks.
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