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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.
- I have heard of ways to get energy through the braking of a car. How does this work?
- Why does my milkshake stay thick even when it warms up? Shouldn't it get thinner as it melts?
- What molecular property causes certain matter to be transparent?
- How is rubber made?
- Does energy have mass? Does light have mass?
- I was under the impression that viscosity of a fluid, particularly motor oil, increases as heat is applied. What is viscosity and does it have a positive or negative temperature coefficient?
- What is the smallest amount of a substance that can still have color?
- Are cats and dogs colorblind? Do cats' eyes glow in the dark?
- What is anti-matter? Does it exist naturally? Does it look and feel like regular matter? How do scientists make anti-matter?
- Why is it that when I hold a stick over a fire it ignites without touching the coals?