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Decoding Dinosaur Genetics in Jurassic Park:The Science Behind Science Fiction

When I read Jurassic Park for the first time in 8th grade, genetics came alive. Just like the moment in the 1993 film where Dr. Grant and Dr. Satler first saw their fossilized dinosaurs come to life on the island, I saw just how interesting genetics could be. A few years later in my high …

Science Sunday: Equipment standards when it comes to golf

To celebrate the final round of play in the Traveler’s Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT, this week’s Science Sunday explores the science behind equipment standards in golf. Using the science of water displacement, Mark and Aoife test out the standards of golf club heads to ensure that they follow the rules laid …

From Designing Exhibits to Data Analysis: A Decade of Dedication with Richard Thomas and Caity Leamy

Richard Thomas  Exhibit Design Director My primary role is to create concepts, provide design direction, and manage fabrication and installations for new Science Center exhibits.    What is your favorite memory of the Connecticut Science Center? I have a lot of favorite memories.The one with the most lasting impression is being a part of the creation …

Spilling the T. (rex) on Dinosaur Behavior in Jurassic Park: The Science Behind Science Fiction

While watching my favorite science fiction movies and TV shows, I’m often left with more questions than answers. Can we actually clone ancient animals like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Does gamma radiation change our DNA, like the process behind The Hulk’s angry, green transformation? What are the quantum mechanics behind “Pym Particles” and the …

Science Sunday: How balls bounce

Check out this sports-themed edition of Science Sunday for Father’s Day as Mark Dixon and Aoife Ryle illustrate the physics behind how balls bounce. Try out some simple experiments using balls around your house to see how force and energy transfer work together to make balls bounce in your favorite sports. https://www.wfsb.com/science-sunday-how-balls-bounce/video_8b783b06-793f-57d6-b836-92ff0199f608.html Mark Dixon is …

From Exhibits to Executive Finance: A Decade of Dedication with Liam Cawley and Lisa Mottola

Liam Cawley Exhibit Specialist What is your favorite memory of the Connecticut Science Center? Watching the first tractor trailer loaded with exhibits pull into the loading dock during a snowstorm in early 2009. What is your favorite exhibit/event (past or current) at the Connecticut Science Center? Table-top puzzles in Invention Dimension. I love watching people …

10 Years of Partnership with the Connecticut Science Center & WFSB

With a robot-assisted countdown and a shower of confetti, the Connecticut Science Center officially kicked off a year-long celebration of ten inspiring years. After opening to the public on June 12th, 2009, the Science Center has experienced ten years of successes, challenges, and opportunities, developing many lasting partnerships along the way. One such partnership is …

Happy 10th Birthday, Connecticut Science Center! A Timeline Celebrating 10 Inspiring Years

With the help of two robots, the Connecticut Science Center cut the red ribbon and welcomed its first customers on opening day ten years ago, June 12, 2009.  The Connecticut Science Center has a rich history spanning from the initial conceptual designs and building construction to the development of educational programing, scientific initiatives, and the …

Celebrating 10 Years of the Connecticut Science Center: A Decade of Dedication with Ed Lane and Claudia Davis

In 2009, the Connecticut Science Center opened its doors as a place of scientific discovery, innovation, and exploration; a centerpiece of the community in Hartford, CT. The Science Center was built by scientists, educators, and business, government, and community leaders who shared a vision to inspire children and adults to increase joy and interest in …

Science Sunday: What to do if you encounter a snake?

Did you know that there are 12 species of snakes that can be found in CT? Check out the latest edition of Science Sunday to hear Aoife’s PSA (Public Science Announcement) about what to do if you encounter a snake in the wild (or in the Critter Corner on Level 6 of the Connecticut Science …

Experiencing REAL BODIES: an overview of the REAL BODIES exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center

When you enter Real Bodies: The Exhibition at the Connecticut Science Center, you’re faced with a few questions: What are we made of? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Throughout history, the study of human specimens has shown us the intricate details of our bodies, giving rise to new knowledge and treatments …

Top 10 Must-Listen-To Science Podcasts

When my co-worker first suggested to me that I should listen to science podcasts, I was initially a bit skeptical. As a neuroscience graduate student, I used to read and talk with people about science all day long, why would I want to listen to more people talk about science in my free time? Eventually, …

President’s Welcome

Welcome to Down to a Science, the Connecticut Science Center’s brand-new blog. As we kick off our tenth anniversary, we are excited to launch this blog to bring together experts, beginners, partners, educators, and the community with one topic we are all passionate about: science. We all know that knowledge can carry us forward, and …