A Celebration of National DNA Day

This Sunday (April 25th) is a holiday near and dear to my heart. While we may not consume vast quantities of pumpkin pie to commemorate this event, it is a celebration of exactly what makes a pumpkin a pumpkin and gives it that distinctive coloring. It also honors what makes us all so wonderfully and …

Exploring the Evolution of Spinosaurus

In the Connecticut Science Center’s newest permanent exhibit, Genome in Me, you can learn about the cutting edge science of genomics. Genes have evolved over time to adapt to the environment the species lives in through a process called natural selection. In a population of living creatures there will always be variations among numerous traits. …

Down to a Science Podcast: World’s Oldest DNA

Connecticut Science Center Podcast : World’s Oldest DNA 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 the exciting news of …

The Bittersweet Science and History of Chocolate

Happy Valentine’s Day, or as I like to call it, One-More-Day-Until-All-the-Chocolate-Goes-On-Sale Day. But seriously, I have no interest in the drek that passes for milk chocolate. Give me something spicy or bitter, or both. Up until recently, the Mayan civilization was credited with gifting chocolate to the world. A 2018 study by Sonia Zarrillo et …