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 …

SpaceX Launches Astronauts to the Space Station!

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

Virus Hunters

In this ever-changing world, we at the Connecticut Science Center place our trust in science now, more than ever.  So, we thought we would delve into the science of virology and COVID-19 in our latest Live Science program, “Virus Hunters.”  In this interactive program, you will become virologists for the day, learning what makes a …

Sharks: Science, Myths, and Careers

INTRODUCTION: In honor of Shark Week, we’re taking a look at some of the fascinating science behind the world’s most thrilling predator, debunking some of the most common myths, and diving into some possible careers! When we think about sharks, the first images that pop up in our minds are often famous shark attacks. Perhaps …

Fighting the Invasion, Giving Native Wildlife a Chance in a Global World

The habitats of Southern New England have been changing dramatically since the arrival of Western Europeans.  The transfer of materials and species both decorative and functional, intentionally or accidentally, began on a scale and speed unprecedented in our planetary history as recorded in the fossil record.  I say materials and species because the transfer of …

Benefits Of Yoga

When you think of yoga, maybe you conjure in your mind a man with a long beard, wearing a tunic and sitting cross-legged on the floor. Or, maybe you think of a fit, trendy, twenty-something wearing leggings and twisting themselves into pretzel-like poses. Most often, when I mention to someone that I practice yoga, I …