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  • Exploring the Scientific Method May 19, 2015
    Exploring the Scientific Method Following some scientific discoveries or reports you can often hear people say “Science is always changing; those scientists don’t really know what they are talking about!” One example is eggs and whether or not they are good for you, so let’s call this idea the “eggs argument”. At first glance the eggs argument seems like a good retort to science as a system to explain the world. If a friend is always changing his story we call him unreliable. But upon further examination we find it to be lacking. I think that exploring my favorite book can help us counter the eggs argument against scientific reliability. Following some scientific discoveries or reports you can often hear people say “Science is always changing; those scientists don’t really know what they are talking about!” One example is eggs and whether or not they are good for you, so let’s call this idea the “eggs argument”. At first glance the eggs argument seems like a good retort to science as a system to explain the world. If a friend is always changing his story we call him unreliable. But upon further examination we find it to be lacking. I think that exploring my favorite book can help us counter the eggs argument against scientific reliability. One of my favorite books is Frankenstein. I was young when I first read Frankenstein; and I enjoyed a wonderful story about a monster running around and causing havoc. When I was a bit older I read Frankenstein again, this time I got the idea that the tale is a cautionary one about the dangers of blind ambition and reckless experimentation. A precaution against the dangers of playing God, good times! The time came for college so again Frankenstein was read and this time I had a very different view of things. No longer was it a tale of fear and caution, but rather it was a much more interesting story where the characters had good motives as they stumble through an allegory about what makes a human into a person. All of these are different ways to explain the book and they are all based on the exact same input, the text is always the same. But by looking again, and by asking more questions, I saw things I missed earlier. The reality of Frankenstein did not change, but I gained a better understanding of it. And when I read it next I expect to glean something new from this favored tome. Is this to say that I cannot say anything meaningful about Frankenstein? No. To say that because I changed my mind about its message or that admitting I may change views, then means that all statements on this topic are useless would be ridiculous. Of course as I grow I see more, that’s the point of growth! In many ways the growth of scientific knowledge is similar to my growing understanding of Frankenstein. Scientists look at the “book” of nature, filter what they see though their ideas and values, and then try to make meaning out of it and explain what is going on. As the body of thought grows and people look at the world more they will get new ideas and see problems with the prevailing explanations, and this seeing new problems prompts more learning and the creation of explanations that better fit the new observations. And these new ideas will reveal new problems in turn prompting further exploration of the world. So the answers science gives to a question may change, it would be ridiculous to say that change could never. But the underlying system, the quest to solve problems and forge explanations about reality, remains the same, and it remains the best way to explain the world that humans have. And that is the counter to the eggs argument; it confuses the results of science with its method. It is similar to claiming that because you messed up when cooking a new dish your stove is bad. The stove is fine; mistakes are just a part of learning to cook. All this is not to say that each new idea will prove true, part of cutting edge research is that the explanations can be very tentative. The base method of scientific exploration is valid, but the best available answers will change over time. This does not remove the reliability of science nor make it any less powerful a tool to forge explanations about reality, by design science is a self-correcting explanation generation tool. AuthorJohn Osborn Continue Reading
  • Fun With Flash Pickling May 5, 2015
    Fun With Flash Pickling Welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a series of fun experiments with COSI. Usually when we are doing something cool in the building, be it a show or one of our hallway activities, we know what the outcome is going to be. For that reason we cannot properly call them experiments since we already know what is going to happen. That is why we always get excited when we run up against a question from a guest or another team member that we do not know the answer to. Last week we came upon one of these unanswered questions and knew it was time to try an experiment. Welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a series of fun experiments with COSI. Usually when we are doing something cool in the building, be it a show or one of our hallway activities, we know what the outcome is going to be. For that reason we cannot properly call them experiments since we already know what is going to happen. That is why we always get excited when we run up against a question from a guest or another team member that we do not know the answer to. Last week we came upon one of these unanswered questions and knew it was time to try an experiment. For this week’s COSI After Dark: Chemistry of Cooking on May 7 we are going to be showing off a high-tech cooking technique called flash pickling. Essentially, a vacuum sealer is used to create a strong negative pressure inside a sealed environment like a plastic box or a glass jar. The negative pressure forces pickling brine or a marinade into the food item, completing in minutes a process that normally takes hours or days. Companies use vacuum sealers to can things like vegetables and modernist restaurants can use rapid marinating machines to prepare made-to-order dishes for patrons. The cool part is this technology is now available to the home chef. In the photos below I run through the process of making flash pickled cucumbers and asparagus using commercially available vacuum attachments. While practicing with our flash pickling setup to get ready for COSI After Dark, we had a thought. We know that when electric current is applied to a normal pickle it glows bright yellow. We also know from our Gadgets Stage shows like Chemistry Live that one can produce a wide variety of colors by burning different chemical compounds. It was a short leap to the question, could we use our new toys to make other colors of electric pickles? Take a look at the video below to see how it turned out! None of our other pickles (we used strontium chloride, potassium chloride, and barium sulfate) produced colors like our sodium chloride (salt) pickle or our store bought control. What do you think we did wrong? We have a few ideas of what we should try but we want to hear yours. What other food science or other experiments should we try next? Come check out flash pickling and other neat foodie science at this month’s COSI After Dark May 7th. AuthorJoe Wood Continue Reading
  • Live from Israel in the Planetarium! April 29, 2015
    Live from Israel in the Planetarium! When we invested in the advanced digital technology to reopen COSI’s Planetarium we knew that we could do much more in it than just traditional sky shows and even the new capacity to show full dome movies. So it was a thrill to see the Congregation of  Tifereth Israel use COSI in a very creative and impactful way that started to show us our capacity to do special programming with partners who see the value in tapping our digital assets and willing to invest in program exploration with us. When we invested in the advanced digital technology to reopen COSI’s Planetarium we knew that we could do much more in it than just traditional sky shows and even the new capacity to show full dome movies. So it was a thrill to see the Congregation of  Tifereth Israel use COSI in a very creative and impactful way that started to show us our capacity to do special programming with partners who see the value in tapping our digital assets and willing to invest in program exploration with us. The day at COSI started for the Congregation with seeing the powerful film Jerusalem in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater.  There were other activities, but what had brought me into COSI on Sunday was to see our Planetarium used not only for the accompanying historic and geographic comparisons of the night sky, but for the Skype connection with one of the young ladies who had appeared in the film. So there on our Planetarium dome, interacting with the audience and Cantor Chomsky as facilitator, was one of the women, now a few years older, to answer questions and interact from her location in Israel.  I was wowed at how effective it was in tapping our technology capabilities, how well our team and those from Tifereth Israel had developed the program and how grateful I was to the brilliant filmmaker Daniel Ferguson to make the connection for all of us. I look forward to seeing our 60 foot, digital domed theater (aka Planetarium) used by our community in the ways which stretch and tap its many cool features and expansive capacity.  I’m sure what I saw was a memorable experience for the Congregation—it certainly was for me! AuthorDavid Chesebrough Continue Reading
  • COSI Celebrates Week of the Young Child April 10, 2015
    COSI Celebrates Week of the Young Child Join COSI and celebrate Week of the Young Child on April 16-18th. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. Join COSI and celebrate Week of the Young Child on April 16-18th. The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. The goal of this special celebration is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and families, highlighting early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Environment and early experiences impact children’s development; providing children with opportunities to engage in learning, and have an environment that promotes early learning is important. COSI is excited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child with school groups, educators, families and more! This special week at COSI is supported by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Grant. It is our 5th year in partnership with the PNC Foundation, which has allowed us to bring science into preschool classrooms in Columbus. Through this partnership we are privileged to welcome students as they visit COSI during Week of the Young Child.  There will be special experiences taking place on Thursday, April 16th and Friday, April 17th from 10:00-2:00pm. Some experiences include hands-on activities such as Dino-Dig Pits, Wind Tubes, Ball and Ramp Play, as well as COSI shows: Rat Basketball, the Cloud show, and COSI’s the Electrostatic Generator show!Make sure to join us Saturday, April 18 for Week of the Young Child Family Day. We will have the experiences listed above from 11:00-3:00pm for COSI members and guests. In addition on Saturday, COSI is excited to have some live performances take the stage! There will be Live Music by Cherry Chrome and dance performances by Regan Rankin Academy of Irish Dance! These experiences are included in COSI membership and admission. Here are some of the experiences that may take place at COSI for Week of the Young Child!Check out COSI’s wind tubes! Children are testing to see if their scarves and flying machines can blast off into the air. This child is exploring colors on the light table and what happens when the corners meet!It’s time for balls and ramps! Ready, set Go!We look forward to celebrating Week of the Young Child with you this week!  AuthorErica Gilbert Continue Reading
  • The Sky Is The Limit(less?)! April 3, 2015
    The Sky Is The Limit(less?)! I just had one of the most pleasurable moments in my long education career sitting in the COSI Planetarium. The audience was students from the Columbus City Schools as part of our partnership to give every 5th grader in the schools an experience at COSI.  Included in this experience was a show in our newly re-opened, digitally driven Planetarium.  The show was co-designed by our great team with the schools so the program met the 5th grade curricular needs. I just had one of the most pleasurable moments in my long education career sitting in the COSI Planetarium. The audience was students from the Columbus City Schools as part of our partnership to give every 5th grader in the schools an experience at COSI.  Included in this experience was a show in our newly re-opened, digitally driven Planetarium.  The show was co-designed by our great team with the schools so the program met the 5th grade curricular needs. One of the toughest concepts for kids (and I’ve taught this so I know it) is the relative size and scale of our planets and solar system.  The scales are just out of anything we experience, so tough from the start. But I watched a show that helped illustrate the basic principles that had the kids totally engaged—and the dynamic way in which our digital system can bring planets and images together, apart, and move quickly to another perspective totally captured these kids’ attention.  There were oohs and aahs as the planets swung into view and then moved together or apart for comparison.  Kids shouted out answers when asked and were totally and verbally engaged in a very positive way. Then I thought that since the Planetarium had been closed for 10 years, these city kids had probably never been in a planetarium before—much less one of the largest and most modern in the country. And I’m pretty sure, with the power of the visual images of our show, that they at least have an initial grasp of the concepts in a way never achievable in the classroom. What a great experience it was—theirs, and mine watching them. I look forward to many more as we partner with schools like the Columbus City Schools to strategically and intentionally bring COSI’s unique and powerful assets, like the digital Planetarium, into use for our students’ success! AuthorDavid Chesebrough Continue Reading
  • The Russians Are Coming! March 5, 2015
    The Russians Are Coming! When COSI is closed to the public, we try to get a few things done around here that we couldn’t otherwise with people in the building.  And nowhere else can I get to see as many cool things as I do or meet the special people who get associated with COSI.This Monday was no exception. Getting ready for our upcoming Top Secret: License to Spy exhibition, we used a crane to lift a 3,000+ lb., 40 ft. long RUSSIAN missile from the atrium up to level two. As you can see in the video, this event was quite a spectacle! But, I would contend that the story behind the missile is equally compelling. When COSI is closed to the public, we try to get a few things done around here that we couldn’t otherwise with people in the building.  And nowhere else can I get to see as many cool things as I do or meet the special people who get associated with COSI.This Monday was no exception. Getting ready for our upcoming Top Secret: License to Spy exhibition, we used a crane to lift a 3,000+ lb., 40 ft. long RUSSIAN missile from the atrium up to level two. As you can see in the video, this event was quite a spectacle! But, I would contend that the story behind the missile is equally compelling.  This is the same type of Russian missile that was trained on the U.S. from Cuba when I lived that world crisis out as a kid!  Taking a closer peek at the missile you can see Russian writing on it and even an old paper label that has lasted through who knows what?  The missile came to us through working with Gary Powers, Jr.  He is not only one of the founders of the Cold War Museum, but also the son of Francis Gary Powers, Sr., the person at the center of the U-2 incident in 1960 which I remember well—whose spy plane was shot down by the same type of missile.  By the way, Gary Powers, Jr. loaned us some other declassified artifacts which includes a trophy the Soviets made out of a piece of Senior’s downed U-2. It’s exciting to think about the spy history coming into the building and especially getting to see that huge missile loading in.  When I see something like that, I always smile and think, ‘only at COSI!’ AuthorDavid Chesebrough Continue Reading
  • 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 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

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