Jennifer Cutraro's Articles
Ask most people to identify a creative person, and they'll probably describe an artist — Picasso, Shakespeare or even Lady Gaga.
But what about a Nobel prize–winning chemist? Or a team of engineers that figures out how to make a car engine operate more efficiently?
Microbes may soon help make it easier to recycle your soda bottle, helping to create new demand for what has historically been a low-quality recycled material.
Guests checking into the posh Palomar Hotel in Washington, D.C., recently, might have been surprised to hear pounding footsteps, shrieks and laughter pouring out of a conference room late one evening. And they would have been even more surprised to see what was behind those doors: 30 of the nation’s top middle school science students, flushed and sweaty, playing dodgeball, riding piggyback on their parents and squirting one another with water bottles.
This portrait of Saturn’s rings looks toward the northern side, which is not lit by the sun. Sunlight lights up the rings from below, though, and light not reflected scatters through the rings' particles, making them glow.
In Connecticut, first-graders load up toy cars with different amounts of mass, or stuff, and send them racing down ramps, rooting for their favorites to travel the farthest. In Texas, middle school students sample seawater from the Gulf of Mexico. And in Pennsylvania, kindergarten students debate what makes something a seed.
The ancient Greeks first coined the name "planet," a word that means "wandering star," according to David Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Aristotle, the Greek natural philosopher who lived over 2,000 years ago, identified seven "planets" in the sky — the objects that today we call the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. It was a view of planets that held for the next 1,500 years, Weintraub says.
"The seven planets according to the Greeks were the seven planets at the time of the Copernicus, and those seven included the sun and the moon," he says.
It's impolite to spit out the first bite of your dinner. But to a type of Australian snake, this rude behavior is a matter of life and death.
The snake, called a floodplain death adder, eats two types of frogs that are hard to stomach. The frogs produce chemicals meant to defend them from predators.
This Dahl's frog carries enough poison to kill a snake, but only if the snake eats it immediately.
Scientists recently did experiments on several species of freshwater fish to see how they reacted to antidepressants in their water. Normally a bottom-dwelling species, this bass exposed to antidepressants started swimming at the surface, partially out of
Baseball players who travel across time zones may lose more games.