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Discovery Session Summary: January 27

In one FSL session, we visited STEMCELL Technologies Inc, a local biotechnology company. We started our tour by looking at the laboratories. STEMCELL specializes in manufacturing and developing products for isolating, culturing and assaying stem and progenitor cells.

lidar technology measures distance and speed

I think of myself as a law-abiding citizen, at least when it comes to Newton’s laws of motion. Therefore, my interest in the measurement of my vehicle speed is purely scientific and not motivated by any desire to avoid a ticket. However, I'd rather not have a ticket, so that got me thinking—how do the police measure vehicle speeds?

worms hermaphrodite

Earthworms are both male and female at the same time, hermaphrodites. In the spring and fall when the weather is right, they join up and exchange sperm. They produce a cocoon that collects its own eggs and the new sperm. One or more baby worms hatch from the cocoons.

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.