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Thomas explains what he loves about science, the puzzle which is never truly solved. It’s not about finding the solution, but about the journey you take.

Watch Thomas’s video here: http://youtu.be/IL5VRLISTs8

And follow him on tumblr! scienceing

NYSCI Explainer, Brittany R., had the opportunity to join the Crow Canyon Field school for an exciting hands on archaeology experience!


Learn to code while playing Minecraft

Did you know that you can learn programming while playing a video game? A team of computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed LearnToMod, software that teaches kids introductory programming with Minecraft. Students will learn JavaScript, the essential programming language of the web, and can also earn University of California college credits, regardless of their age.

“Our goal is to teach kids computer science while they’re having fun.”

Read more about how UC San Diego computer scientists are teaching programming with Minecraft.

Beyond Braille

Add Tactile Picture Books to the list of cool things 3-D printers can do. We’ve all experienced picture books with textured patches for itty bitty kiddie hands to graze over while they glance at the pictures and listen to the story. But not everyone has been able to have the same experiences. Until now, visually impaired children were left out of the picture part of picture books.

Thanks to the emerging technology of 3-D printing, classic storybooks like Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight Moon have become more accessible. The 2-D pictures in those storybooks have been run through a 3-D printer, resulting in the sculpted scenes pictured above.

Now that the 3-D printed images sit alongside the braille words, visually impaired readers can engage in picture book reading in a whole new way. The future of this technology hopes to put the power in the hands of the parent who would be able to snap a photo of a 2-D page, send it to a printer, and produce their own Tactile Picture Book for their own kids. 

Source: NPR


A continuation of an old comic: http://we-r-not-tour-guides.tumblr.com/post/58024237378

Sharks don’t attack humans because they are hungry for us. It’s usually due to mistaken identity… they tend to bite shiny objects because they think they are the scales of a fish.

Fight your Fear with Five Shark Facts:

1: Approximately 3.17 sharks are killed by humans every second while only less than 6 humans are killed by sharks every year. 

2: Sharks are relatively high in the food chain and keep populations of prey in check. 

3: Sharks have roamed the ocean for almost 400 million years, even before the dinosaurs. 

4: Your chances of encountering a Shark is very rare. You are more likely to get struck with lightning than to encounter a Shark.

5: Sharks are a slow growing species that don’t breed often. They are vulnerable to extinction.

Sharks have a bad rep above the ocean. Their creepy grins, appetite for meat and sharp teeth make it hard to appreciate them. While it may seem like they are out to get us, sharks are a magnificent species that need to be protected.


Working at the New York Hall of Science has transformed Yessenia from a shy individual to a rock star explainer! She now hopes to study biology and pursue her dream of entering the medical field. Take a look!

Meet Justine Wu! Working at NYSCI has taught her the importance of communication and helped her to overcome her stage fright. She now has the necessary skills to pursue her dream of becoming an anesthesiologist!

Learn about filters through the adventure of little Green Light, as she travels through the realm of color and color-filters!

All around the world, oceans glow and trees sparkle because of Bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms. 

Bioluminescent creatures have a chemical reaction in their body that creates light. The chemical Luciferin (a substrate) reacts with Luciferase (an enzyme) to create a by-product called Oxyluciferin. or as we see it; Light.

In this gifAequorea victoria/Crystal Jellies thrive in deep sea.