Keep Up with What’s New in Science

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Can't make it in to read our science magazines? No worries. We've got many of them online. For Kids Scholastic SuperScience (EBSCO Magazines & Journals - PDF) This magazine for grades three to six is published monthly during the school year. Science World (EBSCO Magazines & Journals - PDF) This magazine for grades six through […]

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How To Live Forever (Or Maybe Not)

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Bill Gifford loves his dog. He'd like her to live a little longer. Gifford would like to live longer, too. This is the impetus for the lively Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying). Going forward in history as well as efficacy, Gifford talks about all the ways humanity has tried to beat nature and the […]

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Adler Scopes in the City Events

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Join teen services and Adler Planetarium staff and volunteers for special sky observing events. Depending on the date, time and location, the observing sessions could target objects such as the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and more. Adler educators will answer questions and share stories while teen services staff will be on hand to share updates about our […]

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Girls Can Do Anything! Female STEM Pioneers

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March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to celebrate women's contributions to the sciences. You never know where keeping your eyes open, and a nature journal handy, will lead. Here are some female heroes beyond Marie Curie who demonstrate the power of observation and imagination. Women were not historically encouraged to pursue the sciences. The pioneering naturalists […]

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More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye

If I've learned anything, it's that I should never ask questions. Whenever I ask a question, I run the risk of learning things I never wanted to learn. What looks like nothing at first might actually mean something, and even when I think I know what I'm talking about, I'm likely to be wrong. I have the misfortune of being educated […]

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YOUmedia at Adler Planetarium’s Teen Takeover

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YOUmedia will be hosting a #SpaceSelfie photo booth on Wednesday, December 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Adler Teen Takeover: Dance Your Mass Off. This event is for teens ages 14 to 19 and only costs five dollars. There will be a free shuttle running between Harold Washington Library Center and the Adler Planetarium. Come […]

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His and Hers

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According to Jonathan Eig, there are four people primarily responsible for the birth control pill: incendiary feminist Margaret Sanger, iconoclast medical researcher Gregory "Goody" Pincus, devoted philanthropist Katherine McCormick, and Catholic OB/GYN John Rock. Eig weaves their stories together in The Birth of the Pill. Pincus runs his medical institute on a wing and a prayer, […]

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Lives in Science

Lives in Science

It's easy to think of scientists as loners absorbed in their own thoughts. Sometimes they are. Their real lives, however, can be just as interesting as the wonderful ideas spilling out of their heads. It's great fun to watch big ideas bounce from mind to mind over the course of centuries. James Gleick's Isaac Newton is a short, accessible […]

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Rabies, Cancer and Syphilis

Rabies, Cancer and Syphilis

Once, I went to the emergency room because I thought I had chest pains. It turned out to be a very expensive nothing, but hypochondria has its benefits. For one thing, it encouraged me to read all sorts of fun books about horrifying diseases. Rabid deals with rabies, an illness that has scared us for centuries. The book […]

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Attend a Science Fair Workshop at CPL

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This month we're hosting events at CPL locations across the city to support students working on science fair projects. Presented by science aficionado Steve Belliveau and Mad Science of Chicago, these workshops walk fourth- through sixth-graders through the steps of the scientific method, a major part of any successful science fair project. The events are designed to prepare and inspire students to tackle experiments […]

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