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About "Ask A Scientist!"
On September 17th, 1998 the Ithaca Journal ran its first "Ask A Scientist!" article in which Professor Neil Ashcroft , who was then the director of CCMR, answered the question "What is Jupiter made of?" Since then, we have received over 1,000 questions from students and adults from all over the world. Select questions are answered weekly and published in the Ithaca Journal and on our web site. "Ask A Scientist!" reaches more than 21,000 Central New York residents through the Ithaca Journal and countless others around the world throught the "Ask a Scientist!" web site.
Across disciplines and across the state, from Nobel Prize winning scientist David Lee to notable science education advocate Bill Nye, researchers and scientists have been called on to respond to these questions. For more than seven years, kids - and a few adults - have been submitting their queries to find out the answer to life's everyday questions.
- Why can't we hold our breath like the whales?
- Can you take a migratory bird and magnetize the compass paricles in its head so it can't tell where it's going?
- Why do babies get their parents features?
- Why do crickets make noise at night?
- Have you or will you ever try to weigh a red blood cell? If so, how would you?
- What is the most common type of blood?
- Why don't sharks have bones?
- Why don't birds' legs get frostbite? Because they are not covered with feathers, they could get frozen, couldn't they?
- Why does a cow have so many stomachs?
- Why do trees get new rings every year?