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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.
Now imagine holding the spoon vertically some distance from your face, and looking directly into the bowl part of the spoon, with the middle of the bowl at the level of your eyes. As you lower your eyes toward the lower part of the bowl, the little mirrors that you see will tilt upwards and you will see in them the reflection of the upper part of your face. But as you raise your eyes toward the upper part of the bowl, the little mirrors that you see will tilt downwards and you will see in them the reflection of the lower part of your face. In other words you see yourself upside down.
But now turn the spoon so you're looking at the outside of its bowl. As you lower your eyes the little mirrors that you see now tilt downwards and you see a reflection of the lower part of your face. And as you raise your eyes the mirrors that you see tilt upwards and you see a reflection of the upper part. So reflected from the outside of the bowl, you look right-side up.
- Why is element 43 made by man and none of the elements around it are?
- After mixing 1oz of cornstarch and some water together, why does it get hard when pressure is applied? And then when the pressure is released, the mixture becomes drippy?
- Now that we are all recycling, what are some of the products that are made from recycled materials that we should be buying to complete the cycle?
- Can you find vitamins in the ground?
- Why do scuba divers wear rubber?
- If the electrons are attracted to the protons, why don't they come crashing into the nucleus?
- How do you make a man made element?
- How do we know how old the earth is?
- Why do coals appear 'red hot' in a fire and is this the hottest spot in a fire?
- How many types of rocks are there throughout the world?