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Science Sunday: Experimenting with Heat and Air Pressure

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon and Aoife Ryle On 12.16.19

We’ve talked about air pressure before here on Science Sunday, and today we are going to talk about how heat can affect air pressure.  In the first demonstration, we used balloons, a container of hot water, and a container of cold water.  Both balloons are inflated, but what happens to them when one is submerged …

Experiencing Our Changing Earth

Blog Author:  Kerri Provost On 12.13.19

If the bridge by Our Changing Earth’s entry looks familiar, there’s a reason. According to recent freeway counts by FHI and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation, 51 million vehicles cross the Bulkeley Bridge every year. Chances are, you have been in one of them. This scale version of the Bulkeley Bridge actually bridges several themes from …

“Our Changing Earth” Explores Implications of Climate Change

Blog Author:  Aoife Ryle On 12.11.19

A version of this commentary was previously published in the Journal Inquirer on Nov 5, 2019 Issuing a clear and compelling warning to residents of every country on every continent across the planet, the United Nations has delivered a comprehensive report outlining the stark “signs of harm caused by climate change. Coral reefs are dying, …

Science Sunday: Science of Snow

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon and Aoife Ryle On 12.9.19

This time last week, the state of Connecticut saw the first major winter storm of the 2019 season. Winter Storm Abel inspired us to explore a little bit more of the science behind a common winter occurrence for us here in New England.  The first snow science we explored was the water content in snow, …

Getting to Know Glacial Lake Hitchcock

Blog Author:  John Meszaros On 12.7.19

During the last Ice Age a massive glacier covered Connecticut all the way down to Long Island. As the ice slowly melted back about 18,000 years ago, the water cascading off its edge filled the Connecticut Valley, creating a vast lake. This body of water would have been long and relatively narrow, similar to Lake …

Women in Science Spotlight: Heather Dionne

Blog Author:  Kerri Provost On 12.5.19

As part of the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science Initiative, each month we will highlight local Connecticut women in a variety of science fields. This month’s Women in Science Spotlight features Heather Dionne, City Forester. She chairs the Connecticut Urban Forest Council and serves as a board member of the Tree Wardens Association of …

Science Sunday: Generating Sparks

Blog Author:  Mark Dixon & Aoife Ryle On 12.2.19

Today, we are making sparks without using any fire. How exactly are we going to do this? Through the use of metal and movement. When we smash the chrome spheres together very fast, they generate enough heat to burn a small hole through the paper placed in between them. Another way we can generate some …

Visitor Services: Decade of Dedication with Patricia Faulds and Eva Cintron

Blog Author:  Amanda Coletti & Kerri Provost On 11.29.19

Patricia FauldsDirector of Visitor Services   What is your favorite exhibit (past or current) at the Connecticut Science Center? Mind Ball. The game measures each player’s brain activity via a band of electrodes worn around the forehead. These pick up the electrical signals that emanate from our brains and move the ball. It is a …