Down to a Science Podcast: How Smart is a Cuttlefish?

Connecticut Science Center Podcast : How Smart is a Cuttlefish? Special Down To A Science feature. Nick, Kaila and Andrew are excited to talk about a recent study about Cuttlefish. Cuttlefish are very interesting creatures in the same family as octopus, squid and other sepiidas. A recent study with cuttlefish show that they can develop an advanced decision …

Down to a Science Podcast: World’s Oldest DNA

Connecticut Science Center Podcast : SpaceX Launches Astronauts to the Space Station! Special Down To A Science feature. We were so excited about the recent discovery of the oldest DNA ever that we just had to put together this Down To A Science Podcast special. Hear from Educators Andrew Fotta, Nick Villagra and Melissa Garafola as they discuss …

Straight Talk: The Persistence of Race in Scientific Research

Thank you to our panelist and the over 100 participants who joined us for Straight Talk: The Persistence of Race in Scientific Research. We are so excited we could have this open conversation with experts in the field about the role of race in scientific research. If you did not have the chance to tune …

Healthy Tips for the Big Game

No matter who you are rooting for in the big game this weekend, we can all agree on one thing- sports games make it hard to stick to our healthy habits. First off, you sit for very extended periods of time, and secondly, game day snacks do not have the best reputation for being healthy. …

Celebrating Black STEM Professionals with STEM in a Box at the Connecticut Science Center

Following the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in anticipation of February, Black History Month is on a lot of our minds. We have Dr. Carter G. Woodson to thank for its initial inception. Often known as the Father of Black History Month, he was a historian and scholar. In celebration of …

Disease Detectives

What is Genomic Epidemiology? Before the pandemic, many of us had never heard of an epidemiologist, let alone a genomic epidemiologist.  Some may still be scratching their heads.  Well, worry not!  We are here to help decode the work of these vital disease detectives.  Let’s start with epidemiology.  Epidemiologists study the patterns and causes of …

Solving Science Puzzles without all the Pieces

Seeking to understand nature’s mysteries is like solving a jigsaw puzzle…except we often don’t have all the pieces.  Sometimes there are substances at work that are too small or too hidden for us to be aware of, but even without all the pieces, scientists can think of powerful ideas that help us see the big …

Henrietta Lacks – a Cautionary Tale

Henrietta Lacks was a proud woman.  She did not know much about science, but she loved her family, and lived a satisfactory life by all accounts of those who knew her.  That is, until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  The disease ravaged her body, and with whatever strength she had left, she endured radium …