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  • Human Vision and a Dress February 28, 2015
    Human Vision and a Dress At COSI we love to keep up with news items that relate to science. Today we were excited to see social media abuzz with people talking about a topic that at first seemed frivolous but provides a great way to talk about physics, evolutionary biology, and the physiology of the human visual system. Wired usually has great articles that tackle science topics in a fun way and this article by Adam Rogers where he interviews several neuroscientists is a great example. At COSI we love to keep up with news items that relate to science. Today we were excited to see social media abuzz with people talking about a topic that at first seemed frivolous but provides a great way to talk about physics, evolutionary biology, and the physiology of the human visual system. Wired usually has great articles that tackle science topics in a fun way and this article by Adam Rogers where he interviews several neuroscientists is a great example. Much of the confusion about the image of this dress (http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/) has to do with how human vision works. The eyes take in light and send signals to the brain. After that the brain has to make sense of those signals. Usually this works out just fine but sometimes, as with all of our senses, the brain may get conflicting or confusing signals. In those instances, it essentially does the best it can and when this happens it may make conclusions that do not necessarily comport with reality. Since each of our brains are unique, different people may make different conclusions when looking at the same image. This can happen with many of our senses but since humans are very visual animals, we tend to notice differences in visual perception between individuals. Another factor at play, as mentioned in the article, is that humans and our primate ancestors are adapted for seeing in daylight. Most other mammals are better at seeing at night since the earliest mammals were probably nocturnal and most still are to some degree. In other words, your dogs and cats probably do not what all the fuss is about over a dress! Learn more about your brain at COSI After Dark on March 5 and Brain Awareness Week on March 18-20! AuthorJoe Wood Continue Reading
  • We’re Burning Our Prairie! February 20, 2015
    We’re Burning Our Prairie! Nestled at the back of COSI, outside in Big Science Park, is a small patch of land that is our prairie. Prairies have been a part of Ohio’s natural landscape for thousands of years. They’re made up of special grasses and wildflowers that aren’t found in other habitats. Early this year, we’ll be setting our prairie on fire like we last did in 2009 (see photo). Although we’re known for our explosion shows inside, this bit of outside combustion has a purpose too. Nestled at the back of COSI, outside in Big Science Park, is a small patch of land that is our prairie. Prairies have been a part of Ohio’s natural landscape for thousands of years. They’re made up of special grasses and wildflowers that aren’t found in other habitats. Early this year, we’ll be setting our prairie on fire like we last did in 2009 (see photo). Although we’re known for our explosion shows inside, this bit of outside combustion has a purpose too. So why would we intentionally set fire to the prairie? Fire rejuvenates a prairie in several ways: ·         Fire removes dead leaves and stems (called “duff”), clearing the ground of last year’s growth and allowing heat and sunlight to reach the prairie floor next season. ·         Fire increases the available nutrients in a prairie by stimulating microbial activity in the soil. ·         Fire suppresses many weeds and non-native plants, allowing prairie plants more nutrients and room to grow.But what about the prairie plants? Won’t they get burned up too? Prairie plants have deep roots and their live growing parts are safely below ground. So prairie plants can survive fires.After the fire, our prairie will look black and lifeless. But soon enough, prairie plants will burst through the ground letting us know that spring has arrived. So if you see fire on the west side of the Scioto River, it just might be COSI keeping our prairie healthy! AuthorBruce Kyle Continue Reading
  • Saturday is Get Fit Family Day! January 9, 2015
    Saturday is Get Fit Family Day! It’s a new year and many have made the resolution to get healthier.  Get Fit Family Day is Saturday (1/12) at COSI and is a great chance to get more information about how to keep our body healthy.  We have some fun activities planned and some great community partners coming out to help with the event.  Here is a schedule: It’s a new year and many have made the resolution to get healthier.  Get Fit Family Day is Saturday (1/12) at COSI and is a great chance to get more information about how to keep our body healthy.  We have some fun activities planned and some great community partners coming out to help with the event.  Here is a schedule: 11am – COSI’s Incredible Human Machine COSI on Wheels program – COSI’s Body Mechanic helps students learn what it takes to keep their body engines in tip-top shape. Explore the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, plus learn about nutrients and how exercise keeps a body healthy. 12pm – Adventure Unleashed: Dog Fitness Fun – Learn how to get active with your pets!1pm – The Chiller: Kids Hockey Gear Race – race to be the first one to put full hockey gear on! 2pm – Local Matters Kids Cook-off challenge – This fun Iron-Chef style challenge, allows kids (ages 5 and up) to come together to create, learn, and have fun creating a delicious recipe to share (and be judged by adult taste-testers).  For more information on the challenge, visit http://www.local-matters.org/content/get-fit-family-day little kidspace will also be doing hands-on activities in our Atrium and we’ll have some of our science carts doing healthy activities. Plus Giant Eagle will have a dietitian available to answer your healthy eating questions. Get Fit Family Day is free with COSI Membership or admission.  Hope to see you there. AuthorJaclyn Reynolds Continue Reading
  • Printing in 3D January 9, 2015
    Printing in 3D In COSI's Teen Tech Studio, teens often ask about the cost of 3D printers.  And the answer is that it depends on a lot of factors…how big of a print area do you want?  Print quality?  Type of filament?  DIY kit? Etc.   In COSI's Teen Tech Studio, teens often ask about the cost of 3D printers.  And the answer is that it depends on a lot of factors…how big of a print area do you want?  Print quality?  Type of filament?  DIY kit? Etc.So to help answer these question, we've found a comprehensive list from 3dforged.com.  As you will see, there are lots of printers on the market, at a wide range of prices.  But some are pretty affordable, depending on what you're looking for…And as always, you can check out COSI's 3D printers at the Teen Tech Studio (Wed 3-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm). http://3dforged.com/best-3d-printers/ AuthorDave Buker Continue Reading
  • A Floating City Above Venus? December 30, 2014
    A Floating City Above Venus? Imagine an airship floating 30 miles above the surface of Venus – it's like something out of a Jules Verne novel. Right now, NASA is considering how to send astronauts to Venus in a floating city. http://thespacereporter.com/2014/12/a-floating-city-above-venus-nasa-has-begun-work-on-the-extraordinary-concept/ Imagine an airship floating 30 miles above the surface of Venus – it's like something out of a Jules Verne novel. Right now, NASA is considering how to send astronauts to Venus in a floating city. http://thespacereporter.com/2014/12/a-floating-city-above-venus-nasa-has-begun-work-on-the-extraordinary-concept/ AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Touchdown! November 12, 2014
    Touchdown! Congratulations to the European Space Agency on their Rosetta Mission and their lander, Philae, reaching the surface! For the first time in human history, a spacecraft has landed on a comet. This is an incredible feat – Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is moving more than forty times faster than a speeding bullet, is spinning, has a rough and rocky surface, and is ejecting gases. The European Space Agency launched Rosetta in 2004, so today is the culmination of 10 years of traveling through space for this one moment.   Here's an image taken from Philae as it approached the landing site earlier today.   http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/11/ROLIS_descent_image Congratulations to the European Space Agency on their Rosetta Mission and their lander, Philae, reaching the surface! For the first time in human history, a spacecraft has landed on a comet. This is an incredible feat – Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is moving more than forty times faster than a speeding bullet, is spinning, has a rough and rocky surface, and is ejecting gases. The European Space Agency launched Rosetta in 2004, so today is the culmination of 10 years of traveling through space for this one moment.   Here's an image taken from Philae as it approached the landing site earlier today.   http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/11/ROLIS_descent_image AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Columbus Mini Maker Faire Recap November 11, 2014
    Columbus Mini Maker Faire Recap Check out some highlights from the 2014 Columbus Mini Maker Faire held on October 11, 2014. https://vimeo.com/111542115 Check out some highlights from the 2014 Columbus Mini Maker Faire held on October 11, 2014. AuthorDave Buker Continue Reading
  • Behind the Scenes in The Planetarium November 7, 2014
    Behind the Scenes in The Planetarium Here's a rare "behind the screen" shot of our Planetarium from above. We're looking through the tiny holes in the dome to the theater below, as we prepare for our reopening on November 22. We have been installing shows, rehearsing our live performances, and cleaning to get ready for the big day. Here's a rare "behind the screen" shot of our Planetarium from above. We're looking through the tiny holes in the dome to the theater below, as we prepare for our reopening on November 22. We have been installing shows, rehearsing our live performances, and cleaning to get ready for the big day.     Here's the view of downtown Columbus from COSI's roof. We were having photos taken to create a panorama image for our Planetarium show, "Our Universe Above."        AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • The Planetarium Gets a Star October 31, 2014
    The Planetarium Gets a Star We've got our first star! Our new Planetarium sign is getting installed. For those who can "sneak peek" a look at the queue area when they are riding the High Wire Unicycle, they may also see our backlit images of beautiful galaxies and nebulae. We've got our first star! Our new Planetarium sign is getting installed. For those who can "sneak peek" a look at the queue area when they are riding the High Wire Unicycle, they may also see our backlit images of beautiful galaxies and nebulae. AuthorKate Storm Continue Reading
  • Oozing Pumpkin Experiment October 23, 2014
    Oozing Pumpkin Experiment Ahhh fall.  Changing leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and the chance for some fall-related science!  As you can tell from my profile photo, I’m a Halloween girl – so any excuse I have to bring Halloween fun to an experiment, I’m in. Ahhh fall.  Changing leaves, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and the chance for some fall-related science!  As you can tell from my profile photo, I’m a Halloween girl – so any excuse I have to bring Halloween fun to an experiment, I’m in.  Today I’m making an Oozing Pumpkin and you can try it at home!  In fact, you can make them this Saturday at the Spooktacular Celebration which is our version of a kid’s Halloween party – complete with tasty treats and science tricks! Let’s gather our ingredients.  You’ll need: 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide2 teaspoons of dry active yeast4 tablespoons of warm water2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap (approximately)Food coloring (optional)1 glass jar – if you want, you can decorate it with your favorite Halloween or fall decoration before you begin your experiment.Aluminum tray – more on that laterSafety goggles Before you get started on this, a couple of things to note.  Don’t forget those safety goggles – I know you’ll be careful but accidents happen.  Also, this could get a little messy so you may want to wear an apron or have the kids wear paint shirts to protect their clothing.  First things first, of course I had to decorate my jar!  I went to a local craft store and found this sort of spray paint/tint hybrid which worked great on my regular old mason jar.  Special bonus: I got to use the paint booth in our exhibits shop.  The other great thing about that paint (it’s called Tint It), the jar dried fast – although I did give it overnight to dry just to be 100% sure.  Next I used a Sharpie to draw the jack-o-lantern face because I was afraid the face would wash off during the experiment.  After all paint was dry, I put the jar in an aluminum tray to cut down on the mess.  (Turns out that was the right thing to do because I overdid it on the soap and the experiment overflowed a lot more than expected.) I started with one cup of hydrogen peroxide into the glass jar.  Then, I added a little bit of green food coloring.  You don’t have to do this if you want – I did not get a great green sheen in the “ooze” so it’s up to you.  Maybe you just need to add more. Next, I squirted roughly two tablespoons of liquid dish soap in.  I didn’t measure, just guessed.  Don’t be afraid of not getting it right – this is where that aluminum tray comes in handy.  Next, in a small container, I combined the two teaspoons of the active dry yeast with four tablespoons of warm water.  Get ready for the magic (err….I mean science) to happen!  Pour that yeast/water mix into the jar and wait for the reaction! The reason this happens is hydrogen peroxide is like water, but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2 instead of H2O).  The bubbling you see when you pour hydrogen peroxide on a cut isn’t caused by the presence of germs – instead, it is caused by a chemical that both we and the yeast have in common, called a catalase.  When you mix the hydrogen peroxide with the yeast, the catalase in the yeast gets to work, breaking the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen gas, combining with the soap and creating our reaction.  Hope you have a great time doing this experiment at home with the kids or yourself – either way it’s super fun!  I also hope to see you this Saturday as we celebrate Halloween with the Costume Fun & Run and the Spooktacular Celebration.  Can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes! AuthorJaclyn Reynolds Continue Reading

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