How Our Changing Climate Impacts the Past (And How Citizen Science Can Help)

When we think about our changing Earth, we might focus on impacts to human health or our food supply. But, we may fail to think about the ways that climate change affects the past, or rather, affects material remains. Whether bones or stones, these remnants help us to understand how people from the past lived. …

The Best Way to Stay Healthy Now- And Always!

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to keep healthy. But do you know how to wash your hands so that you get all of the germs? The Connecticut Science Center and WFSB teamed up to run an experiment to show how effective handwashing can …

Rebuilding Marine Life Worldwide

Around 1844,  the Great Auk, a flightless bird, disappeared from Earth. Found in the North Atlantic, the seabird was hunted out of existence. Though it had always been valued for its meat and eggs, hunting of the Great Auk sharply increased in Newfoundland around 1500. Scientists recently studied DNA samples to see if the presumed …

Backyard Digs

“Some [archaeological] sites are found by luck or by accident,” writes Sarah Parcak, in her book Archaeology from Space. For example, in 1900 “a donkey transporting a gentleman from a quarry in Alexandria, Egypt, fell into an abandoned shaft. What the poor donkey landed in were second-to-fourth century AD Roman Period catacombs.” You don’t have …

The Volume of the Ocean

Walking up the stairs in the Deep Sea section of Science Alley, you might notice calming ocean sounds, but is it always this relaxing below the waves? Actually, it’s noisy! Between natural and industrial sources, sound types and decibels vary. Natural sounds are created by animals (including whales and seals), storms, and earthquakes. Popular Science …

Relieving Climate Anxiety

Before the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service began air-dropping food in Yengo National Park and other sites ravaged by fire, prompting viral videos of adorable Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies munching carrots, we were inundated with weeks-upon-weeks of horrifying images: scorched earth and charred wildlife carcasses. Although I have never stepped foot on Australia, I …

Australian Wildfires, Climate Change, and Why Your Choices Have Global Consequences

The scale of devastation caused by the wildfires in Australia is difficult to comprehend.  Who can picture over 26 million acres or 41,000 square miles, and over 5,500 buildings laid to waste?  The only way we can come close is by using satellite photos and videos. Smoke billows over areas far larger than the fire …

NASA: The Space Agency That Studies Earth

When I hear “NASA” I think of astronauts and moonwalks, but it turns out that NASA has been investigating Earth. Who knew?! From 2008-2017, NASA and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales used the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations satellite to track Diel Vertical Migration, a daily journey by creatures that feed on phytoplankton. Moving …