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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.
- In biology, do you study about birds and find out what they eat and where they live and where they migrate?
- Are there any nontoxic ingestible fluorescent materials?
- Why do we have fingernails?
- Why do chameleons change color?
- How are marshmallows made?
- What is the evolutionary reason for abstract thought, art and expression?
- How do mutations occur? Do they risk life?
- Why do cats' eyes glow in the dark?
- 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?
- Can you genetically change organisms like bacteria to eat garbage?