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  • Museums

    To do: Summer science exhibits across the country

    Your Brain

    OPENS JUNE 14

    Clamber through a two-story neural network, explore brain images and learn how scientists study the brain in the Franklin Institute’s newest, and largest, permanent exhibit.

    Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

    Museum at Prairiefire

    OPENED MAY 12

    This new museum, located in a retail development, offers a selection of exhibits created by the...

    06/05/2014 - 07:30 Science & Society
  • Science Visualized

    A new twist on a twist

    Nature abounds with perfect helices. They show up in animal horns and seashells, in DNA and the young tendrils of plants. But helix formation can get complicated: In some cases, the direction of rotation can reverse as a helix grows. The resulting structure has been dubbed the hemihelix, and you may have made one yourself by untwisting part of a telephone cord so much that it flips and spirals...

    06/04/2014 - 08:22 Biophysics, Materials, Technology
  • People

    Outgoing congressman Rush Holt calls scientists to action

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    Rush Holt, central New Jersey’s “rocket scientist” representative, thinks Capitol Hill needs more scientists. He’s leaving Congress at the end of this year, but his eight terms in office have taught him that scientists need to help craft the nation’s laws now more than ever.

    Holt joined Congress in 1999, and at one point was one of three physicists there. Fifteen...

    06/03/2014 - 07:15 Science & Society
  • Experiences

    Do-it-yourself solar system

    If you’ve always wanted to build your own solar system, roll up your sleeves — it’s time to see what you’ve got. SuperPlanetCrash is an online solar system simulator, set up as a game. The goal is to plop planets around a star and keep them orbiting for 500 years. Seems simple enough, but gravity is a formidable opponent. Each planet or star adds to the gravitational tug-of-war with every...

    06/02/2014 - 11:15 Planetary Science
  • Introducing

    Indian frogs kick up their heels

    Some frogs use a little fancy footwork to get attention during mating season. A 12-year search of a 1,600-kilometer-long mountain range on India’s west coast has turned up 14 new frog species, including at least four “dancing frogs,” Indian researchers report May 8 in the Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). This finding more than doubles the number of species in the genus...

    06/02/2014 - 07:45 Animals