With the thought of inspiring a new generation of scientists, Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, in partnership with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, came up with the idea of creating a mod for Minecraft that could educate kids about quantum physics through first-hand experience and experimentation, without the kids even knowing they are practicing! They called it qCraft.Read More
We are a collection of researchers working in a wide variety of fields including microbiology, ecology, agriculture, dairy science, marine biology, and the philosophy of science.
What do we have in common? A desire to bring science in easily digestible and understandable pieces for those who are interested.
In October of 2006 a lake effect storm, called 'Aphid' raged through the actual city of Buffalo (whereas, this years storm was actually south of the city). As part of the plant community, I know a narrow selection of Buffalonians, but those I know are quite passionate - they still talk of the devastation to the trees that this storm caused.Read More
By observing something, you change it. It’s a phenomenon that occurs in all areas of science. We don’t know what’s inside a tree until we cut it down. We can’t observe tiny organisms without disturbing them and putting them under a microscope. We can’t see into the abyss without shining a light into it. Many wild animals are very sensitive to the presence of humans and change their behavior when they know we’re around. So how much do we really know about the lives of tortoises, rhinos, bumblebees, clams, and all the rest?Read More
We brush it, scratch it, and cut it every day. We use it for warm clothing and protection, but how much do we know about it? What is "it"? It's a protein known as keratin. Take a peek at this helpful infographic to learn more!Read More
Mushrooms - whether lurking mysteriously in the forest or adding that extra layer of deliciousness to your pizza - are part of a long and fascinating branch on the evolutionary tree. Take a brief trip to the fifth kingdom with this infographic!Read More
When was the last time you ate sushi? Fish and chips? Clam chowder? Fish tacos? Fish is delicious, and we know it. Maybe we've eaten too much though: more than global warming and ocean acidification, overfishing is the biggest problem faced by our oceans today. How much fish can we eat without adversely affecting the ocean? How much have we already taken? Read on to learn more about overfishing: what it is, the economics behind it, its consequences and how you, as an individual, can help fix it!Read More