Harnessing Microbes to Protect the Environment

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DESCRIPTION: If you looked inside one the red tanks shown in the above photo, you would see what can appropriately be described as “muck.” Contained within the muck are millions and millions of microorganisms eating wastes and excreting a valuable product. Specifically, bacteria and archaea work together to convert cow manure and food waste into […]

Ruminant Nutrition: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Cow and Her Microbes

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DESCRIPTION: Cattle (among other select herbivores) contain a four - compartment stomach with the largest compartment being the rumen. The rumen is home to billions of microbes that degrade and ferment feed material that are ingested by the cow. The microbial by-products or “wastes” produced during fermentation are highly beneficial to the cow and positively […]

Black Holes and Einstein’s Gravity

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Do you know high school students who have wondered about black holes and what makes them among the most mysterious objects in the universe? Or what the fate is of something orbiting around the black hole? If they have wondered, they’re not alone! For years scientists have been trying to answer questions about black holes.   Please […]

How We Look Inside a Solar Cell: A Nonlinear Approach to Impedance Spetroscopy

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DESCRIPTION: At its heart, a solar cell is a device where photons come in and current, or electricity, comes out. A useful measure of how a solar cell works is the ratio of in to out, which we call the impedance. To make the math easier, conventional techniques that measure impedance assume that as we […]

Psychology of Friendship

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The Museum of Nature & Science invites all middle and high school students to join us online for a virtual “Teen Science Café” with guest presenters Sarah Wheat and Angela-Faith Thomas, graduate students in NMSU’s psychology department. The event will be held through a closed Zoom webinar at 6pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Please […]

Endangered Crops of Vermont

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DESCRIPTION: Crop diversity is a key component of our food security. Different crops not only provide us with the range of nutrients we need for healthy diets, but they also vary in their tolerance to diseases, insect herbivores, drought, extreme heat, and cold. In a challenging environment like the one we have in Vermont, this […]

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

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The World of 7 Billion student video contest bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global challenges: Promoting Environmental Justice, Strengthening Global Health and Re-Imagining Industrial Systems. 80+ cash prizes will be awarded, and […]

How Psychological Science Can Help You Succeed in ANY Organization

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DESCRIPTIONS: Farms. Factories. Everything in between. They're all organizations, or groups of people who work together for a common goal. For over a century, social-science researchers have tried to understand organizations to help them run better. In this workshop, you'll have a chance to think about your own experience in organizations as a way of […]