« posted November 15, 2008 - 7:16pm »

study science dammit


Kids today still have a ridiculous idea of science professions...old men in white lab coats anybody...snore. Future Morph is a British website designed to give teens an idea of the types of careers available to science nerds. Fun careers, interesting careers, with interesting haircuts and all that. Kudos English people, and nice website.

« posted September 3, 2008 - 11:01am »

science poetry


My colleague, Gene, is posting some great science poetry (aka sci-ku) over on our science blog, Science Buzz. This could be a fun activity for kids:

1. Read a science news story.
2. Write a haiku about it.
3. Include at least one relevant science link.
4. Post to Science Buzz and tag it sci-ku.

As if poems weren't nerdy enough!

« posted August 26, 2008 - 9:46pm »

diorama machine


The Bell Museum of Natural History has a new web feature that lets you explore whats going on inside of their dioramas. These glass cases are some of the finest in the nation, and make a great back drop for some odd dinner parties as well.

The only upside to Pawlenty's short sighted cleavering of the Bell's new building budget, this year, is that these beauties will stay in their original position from just a little bit longer.

« posted August 19, 2008 - 8:10pm »

left brain right brain


My pal Laura Allen works at the American Museum of Natural history on their Science Bulletins program but is also a freelance science writer. She's got a really nice website with a perfect design for her discipline. It's rare to see a portfolio site having anything to do with science and writing look this nice. Kuddos.

« posted August 4, 2008 - 9:26pm »

museums found to exist outside new york


When the New York Times says "museum" they generally mean "art museum" and almost as often mean "art museum in the New York area." So I was surprised to see this great article highlighting the new Audobon Insectarium (see...Science) in New Orleans (just south of Brooklyn). They even seem to get the idea that some of the best parts of this museum are about engagement and fun. Not like this trash and the jumpers on(I hoped more from PZ).

« posted August 4, 2008 - 4:33pm »

don't forget about zinc oxide


A little lesson in science from kentucky fried movie...via laughing squid.
I haven't seen this classic since high school.

« posted October 10, 2007 - 9:18pm »

New thoughts


In an effort to share some of the ideas I work on at my job I've started a blog called:
Beyond the Button
A blog about how museums can use technology, media, and the web from the webteam at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Pop on over and check it out.

« posted July 16, 2007 - 9:25am »

Science fantasy


Scientists are using the large dataset of the 16 million people who play fantasy football to study how people learn. They presented their findings at the Games, Learning, and Society Conference in Madison, Wisconsin this last weekend.

« posted March 28, 2007 - 8:57pm »

Trap jaw ant videos


Check out these hot videos of the worlds fastest animal part. The trap jaw ant of Central and South America can open its jaws to 180 degrees and then slam them shut at over 110mph. The jaws slam shut so quickly that the whole ant can be flung many times its length into the air.

Trap jaw video - remember this is slowed down about 1600 times.

High jump video

Ant bounce video

More from the Cal Academy

« posted November 23, 2006 - 11:09am »

Brian Eno paleontologist

Who knew? Brian Eno studied paleontology through graduate school. One of our writers on Science Buzz stumbled on this story about Eno identifying a dinosaur tooth on a fan's necklace at a recent conference.

I always love any connection between music and science and its cool to hear about a geological background to one of my favorite all time artists. This puts his album Before and After Science in a whole new light.

« posted August 28, 2006 - 8:25pm »

Hillarious Daily Show clip on nanotechnology

The dorky but savvy "news" reporter Samantha Bee gives us an update on what nanotechnology might have in store for us. It's also good to see that she found an important use for all those left over Christmas Robosapien presents.

« posted July 3, 2006 - 12:55pm »

Nanotechnology everywhere

My life is a little consumed with nanotechnology lately. We've been blogging about it a bunch over on Science Buzz (see our nanotechnology feed). I am also working on exhibit prototypes on the subject. What's iteresting is trying to suss out what people know about this subject.

At a BBQ this weekend it was clear that most of my friends had heard of it but thought it was pretty dorky. No one thought it was evil, but no one thought it was the "next industrial revolution" either. I am still curious about how we can make this subject as appealing as posed human cadavers or brightly colored lizards and snakes.

« posted May 7, 2006 - 9:48am »

Twin Cities energy efficient homes

Yesterday I rode all over the cities with my pals Bill and Moira to check out some of the cool abodes on the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour. I was delighted to find so many great homes that were making great strides to include solar power and other energy efficient practices to reduce their footprint while still living in quite remarkable homes.

Here were a couple that were most notable:

Efficiency evangelist

I have to start with my favorite and our last stop on the tour. David Boyce and Lee Olson had essentially built their entire home living lifestyle around efficiency. They made sure to point out every unique choice they had made to reduce their energy needs. They had simple solutions like power strips to prevent phantom charges (the electricity drawn from appliances even when they are "off"), super efficient kitchen appliances (their SunFrost refrigerator was most interesting to me.), a slick black biodiesel mercedes (run on">Twin Cities Biodiesel Consortium fuel), and a solar system that was regularly feeding energy back to Xcel Energy while we were there. Very nice family to...including their super cute kid Maya.