UPCS Science Lab
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Brain Teaser Time!!!
Can you recreate this note card from class? You only need scissors and 1 index card.

Science in the News

  • Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar In 2015, Lida Xing was visiting a market in northern Myanmar when a salesman brought out a piece of amber about the size of a pink rubber eraser. Inside, he could see a couple of ancient ants and a fuzzy brown tuft that the salesman said was a plant.As soon as Xing saw it, he knew it wasn't a plant. It was the delicate, feathered tail of a tiny dinosaur."I have studied paleontology for more than 10 years and have been interested in dinosaurs for more than 30 years. But I never expected we could find a dinosaur in amber. This may be the coolest find in my life," says Xing, a paleontologist at China University of ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:30 PM by Ann Marostica
  • Here’s What Dogs See When They Watch Television Dog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their pooch’s head? Indeed, by tracking their vision using similar methods used on humans, research has found that domestic dogs do prefer certain images and videos.This research indicates that dogs have a preference towards watching other canines – but our studies have also discovered that sound often initially attracts dogs towards television and other devices. Favoured sounds include dogs barking and whining, people giving dog-friendly commands and praise, and the noise of toys squeaking.How dogs watch TV is very different to the way humans do, however. Instead of sitting still, dogs will often approach the screen to get a ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 2:46 PM by Ann Marostica
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Videos you HAVE to see!

  • Why Can't We Walk in a Straight Line?
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:43 PM by Ann Marostica
  • The Incredible Shade Illusion

    YouTube Video

    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:37 PM by Ann Marostica
  • The Science of Dogs

    Science of Dogs

    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 10:18 AM by Ann Marostica
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Did you know...

  • Why do Zebras have Stripes? There are many theories on why zebras have stripes. Some think the stripes act as camouflage or a way to confuse predators. Others believe the stripes help zebras regulate body heat or choose their mates.Scientists at the University of California at Davis decided to find the answer. They studied where the species (and subspecies) of zebras, horses, and asses lived. They gathered information on the color, location, and size of stripes on the bodies of the zebras. Then they mapped the locations of tsetse flies and tabanids like horseflies and deer flies. A few other variables, some statistical analysis, and voila. They had their answer.“I was amazed by our results,” said researcher Tim Caro. “Again and again, there ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 2:48 PM by Ann Marostica
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Inspiring Scientists

  • Rosalind Franklin
    Rosalind Franklin, courtesy of National Geographic

    In 1951, Rosalind Franklin, a chemist from King's College London, was the first to discover the structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, using x-ray diffraction crystallography, a type of photograph. This was two years before James Watson and Francis Crick would make their breakthrough in DNA but only upon seeing Franklin's work. Watson and Crick published in April of 1953 and received a Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine in 1962 for their work. Franklin never received recognition for her work nor was she nominated for a Nobel. She is now known and recognized today for her contribution to our understanding of the structure of DNA.
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 9:42 PM by Raymond Clayton
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