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April 20-29, 2012. Join the Celebration
April 20-29, 2012. Join the Celebration

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Curiosity Challenge: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?
Allie W, Age 12 Dear Allie, Flowers smell good and also look colorful for the same reason, to attract insects and birds. Flowers want these flying creatures to come visit them, so they can help them reproduce. Insects and birds spread the pollen and seeds...
Curiosity Challenge: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?
Curiosity Challenge: Why Do Flowers Smell Good?
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Curiosity Challenge: Can Humans and Animals Understand Each Other?
Hey there, CSF fans, followers, and supporters! Anna Bishop here with a cool Zoosemiotics (animal communication) question from Ella Nelson, age 11, who wants to know if humans and animals understand each other. Excellent question! The answer is everyday and...
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Editing the Genome: An Event Retrospective
Museum of Science. Genome Editing: Now We Can, Should We? It was a complex question that greeted attendees of the Museum
of Science on Tuesday evening: Now that we can edit
the genome, should we? The evening started with thought provoking presentations
give...
Editing the Genome: An Event Retrospective
Editing the Genome: An Event Retrospective
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Chaos, Science, and the Thrill of Research: Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA at Central Square Theater
Reviewed by E. Rosser Science and history.  Scholars butting heads.   A house whose story spans generations.  Meet the agents of Arcadia , Tom Stoppard’s classic play currently in production through the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT , a resident program at ...
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Science + Theater + Diversity Conference with the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT
By E Rosser This Sunday, I sat down with a quantum physicist-slash-director on my right, and a playwright who works with telescopes on my right.  A slew of other participants, ranging from theater interns, to history students, to neuroscientists, to enginee...
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Curiosity Challenge: How do Cells Work?
Hi Jollie,
thanks for the question. This is a hard question to answer because cells are so
different from each other. Cells are specialized to do the job they perform.
Nerve cells look completely different than liver cells and perform a different
function w...
Curiosity Challenge: How do Cells Work?
Curiosity Challenge: How do Cells Work?
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Curiosity Challenge: How Can Lizards Regrow Body Parts?
You may know that some animals, such as reptiles and
amphibians, can grow back lost body parts, but how do they do that? Image via Wikimedia Commons The process that allows animals, such as reptiles, to grow back their lost body parts is called regeneration...
Curiosity Challenge: How Can Lizards Regrow Body Parts?
Curiosity Challenge: How Can Lizards Regrow Body Parts?
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Curiosity Challenge: How Were Animals Created?
Hi there CSF followers, fans, and supporters! Anna Bishop here again, answering an awesome biology question from Ava Hartshorn, Age 7: How Were Animals Created? ( a picture of animal cells under a microscope) Well, it all started about 575 million years ago...
Curiosity Challenge: How Were Animals Created?
Curiosity Challenge: How Were Animals Created?
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Curiosity Challenge: Who Taught the First Teacher?
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question Onasis. The most straight forward answer I can give is: their parents. Teaching
and learning in its earliest form would have occurred by imitation.  Our early ancestors would have imitated their parents, just like animals on nature TV shows...
Curiosity Challenge: Who Taught the First Teacher?
Curiosity Challenge: Who Taught the First Teacher?
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Curiosity Challenge: Mucus!
Every year in the Curiosity Challenge we get questions about mucus.  Why do we get stuffy noses when we get sick?  What is that yellow stuff anyway? Some of our friends have made a great video to explain it!  MIT alum, Thomas Crouzier (now assistant profess...
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