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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.
- How do we get cavities from candy and why do our teeth turn gray/blackish?
- Why is it normal to move your arms when you walk or run?
- Does sugar make you hyper if you eat a lot of it?
- Why don't you see two things if you have two eyes?
- Can humans ever see in the dark with no night vision glasses or other aids?
- Why do your cheeks turn red when you get embarrassed? How come when we get nervous our heart feels like it's beating faster?
- Why do your ears ring?
- Why do we have fingernails?
- Can the human eye be compared to a computer monitor? Does the view we see refresh itself or is it more like live feed? If something was moving too quickly, would it appear jumpy like a low frames/second?
- Why do men grow hair on their face, while most women don't?