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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.
- What are a few, most effective, things we can do to protect our body's cells from becoming cancerous?
- How are marshmallows made?
- Do Praying Mantis' eat animals bigger than themselves?
- Why has no one been able to cultivate truffles? What separates them from other fungi?
- How do you clean bones you would like to use in a display?
- How do you grow seedless watermelons?
- Why do babies get their parents features?
- How many species of bats are there? Why do bats live in caves? How big do bats get? Do bats go underwater? How long do bats live? Do bats mate and give birth while flying or hanging?
- Why are cats so flexible?
- Is it possible to raise a cloned limb from the body?