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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.
For example, your hair grows. But when a cell that isn't supposed to grow becomes un-controlled and grows without the body's usual instructions to grow, then you can get a tumor. This then results in cancer.
- Why can't we hold our breath like the whales?
- Can one of the professors write about some of the bacteria that are becoming immune to antibiotics? We are concerned when they are putting antibiotics in some meats now, and talking about antibacterial soaps having an effect on the immunity.
- Why do they say there are two sides of your brain?
- Why can't we swallow our food whole like snakes?
- Why is it normal to move your arms when you walk or run?
- What if you had no white blood cells?
- Why are eyeballs wet?
- How do we get cavities from candy and why do our teeth turn gray/blackish?
- Why do your ears ring?
- Can humans ever see in the dark with no night vision glasses or other aids?