Science World Blog

Even while the Ken Spencer Science Park was closed for the winter, there was no time to sit and twiddle thumbs waiting for spring to arrive once more. In fact, this winter ended up being some of the busiest months for big decisions and changes, at least in the life of the curator. The excitement didn’t stop at the removal of the Urban Density exhibit to make room for something new. We also made a huge change in what the park looked like, underfoot.

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Megan Nantel is an alumna of Science World's Future Science Leaders (FSL) program. Her experience in the program helped to shape her future career in the sciences, which made a sudden shift from life sciences to physics and engineering. She is currently studying engineering at the Max Planck Institute in Germany on a team that is working on building a mass spectrometer to use with a picosecond infrared laser. Pretty amazing, right?

Could the antibiotics we use to combat disease actually be harming our health? Antibiotics used properly are a very good thing, historically speaking. The development of antibiotics in the 20th century slowed the spread of many previously lethal diseases. Over time, easy access and effectiveness has made them the prescription of choice for a wide variety of diseases. However, recent findings demonstrate the dangers of misusing these common medications.

Spring is upon us, and we’re happy to announce that there is a new beehive exhibit in the Sara Stern Search Gallery! We've said goodbye to our former beehive exhibit and hello to a revamped, state-of the-art bee hive display, specifically built with the goal of providing a more naturalistic environment for our Science World honey bees.

fluoride, fluoridation

Fluoride is supposed to be good for our teeth. We get it through toothpaste, visits to the dentist and in some places, in our tap water. What are the risks and benefits?

dreaming

You close your eyes and start climbing...higher and higher. Step by step the terrain gets steeper. You climb until gravity takes its toll and you fall—down, down, down. Landing with a start, your head is on your pillow and your eyes are wide open. Your heart is pounding and your body is breaking out in cold sweat. It was a dream—just a dream.