Science Sunday: New Year’s Ball Drop

Happy New Year! Did you stay up late on December 31 to watch the ball drop and officially welcome in 2022? We of course had to have our own New Year’s celebration- with a science twist. Today, we are doing the Science Sunday version of a ball drop, and we encourage you to follow along …

Science Sunday: Experimenting with Thermodynamics

Did you know how some of those deep-space probes such as Voyager and Cassini are supplied power while millions of miles away in space? The answer- thermodynamics. Wow, that’s a big word- sounds complicated right? Well, once you break it down, thermodynamics is actually very simple- it is all about a difference in temperature. We …

Connecticut Science Center: Decade of Dedication to the Planet

With its Green Mission and eye toward innovation, the Science Center “didn’t just stop with the LEED certification” awarded in 2010, says Cherie Sweeney, Vice President of Operations. As technology advances, creating opportunities for energy savings, there are adjustments to make — like changing light bulbs. Multiple different types of inefficient light fixtures were retrofitted …

Reducing the Heat Island Effect, Even During Sweater Weather

The urban heat island effect (UHI) may not be at the forefront of your mind in November. This year-round phenomena is more noticeable in the summer, when cities are anywhere between 1.8 to 5.4°F warmer than surrounding rural areas, on an average day. A 2014 study found Hartford to be, on average, 2.5°F warmer than …