The Fractals of Frozen II

Crystal Formation and the Powers of Elsa Elsa, the princess of Arendelle, was born with the ability to create and control ice and snow. When Elsa accidentally uses her powers to develop an infinite winter, her sister, Anna takes action to change the bitter weather conditions. Frozen 2 takes us on a journey to find… Continue reading

Science Uncorked: How to Enjoy your Wine

Let’s face it, you love your wine – but what is the rule of thumb for properly enjoying it? Check out these three helpful tips on how you should be enjoying yours. Tip 1: “Swirling” a glass of wine before tasting it will aerate the wine and release its aromas. Aeration is the infusion of… Continue reading

Science Uncorked: The Wine Production Process

You know you love it, but do you know how it’s made? Checkout the science behind wine and winemaking in these 5 steps of the wine production process. STEP ONE: Harvesting The first step in the wine production process is to harvest the grapes. Did you know that grapes are the only fruit that contain… Continue reading

Not so scary: Real “monsters” maybe scary, but they offer many benefits to our ecosystem

Hairy, poisonous, slimey, or scaley – How real “monsters” have a positive impact on our ecosystem. OWL SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tytonidae (barn-owls) and Strigidae (true owls) CLASSIFICATION: Bird DIET: Carnivore SIZE: Varies depending on the species; anywhere from 1 to 9 pounds AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 4 years (barn owls) Legends and myths regarding the fierce qualities of… Continue reading

How to Be A Better Wine Taster, According to Scientists

With the Science Center’s annual Science Uncorked special event fast approaching, it’s nearly time to bust out the tasting glasses and get to sampling. But what do you do when you aren’t confident in your ability to tell what distinguishes a cabernet from a merlot, or a chardonnay from a riesling? The world of wine… Continue reading

Not so scary: The benefits of real “monsters”

Hairy, poisonous, slimey, or scaley – How real “monsters” have a positive impact on our ecosystem. GOBLIN SHARK SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mitsukurina Owstoni CLASSIFICATION: Cartilaginous Fishes DIET: Carnivore SIZE: 12 feet long and weigh up to 460 pounds AVERAGE LIFESPAN: Up to 35 years With an intimidating appearance and ability to completely unhinge its jaw, the… Continue reading

Soil Your Underwear Challenge
Activity 3

Sing With Us The soil is alive! ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION This sing-along guides you through the 5 factors of soil formation: parent material, relief, climate, organisms, and time. Click/Touch to enlarge image X X A rock represents a soil’s parent material. Imagine a rock falling off a bluff to the ground below, where it begins to… Continue reading

Soil Your Underwear Challenge
Activity 2

Seed Assay Can you expose the hidden plants in your soil? ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION Biologists of all kinds use assays to determine how to design their experiments. An assay is an investigative process that reveals which variables can be measured in a study system. In this activity, you’ll determine how many seeds are buried in different… Continue reading