Archive for August, 2013

STEM Spotlight: Neurologist – Elephant Band Leader!

A neuroscientist by day, Dave Sulzer explores synapses formed by the midbrain dopamine projections that underlie reward, learning and voluntary motor control. But by night, as Dave Soldier, he’s an avant-garde musician. Should we be surprised, then, that he has such an appreciation for the artistic accomplishments of elephants? Or that he conducts an orchestra [...]

September E-News: Elephantastic Science!

Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth! These friendly beasts can be found in both Africa and Asia and are vital to maintaining the rich biodiversity of the ecosystems that they share with other species. Only 35,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants survive in the world, and of those, 15,000 are in human care. You can [...]

September E-News: Squishy Science – Celebrate National Play-Doh Day!

Do you love Play-Doh®? Who doesn’t, right? We can still remember the first thing we ever made with Play-Doh®. Can you guess what it was? If you guessed a snake, you’re correct! Play-Doh® comes in a variety of bright and bold colors. There are also a series of related products and toys that make use of [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

  Exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside of the Solar System   Scientists have identified 940 exoplanets, also known as extrasolar planets. It is estimated that the Milky Way galaxy contains nearly 400 billion exoplanets!     High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for [...]

Think About It Thursday: How does a shark’s skin feel?

A shark’s skin is rough like sandpaper! Yes, it looks sleek and smooth. But, a shark’s skin is actually covered with microscopic, tooth-like structures called denticles. These tiny scales make the skin a very tough armor. The denticles are similar to teeth with an outer layer made of enamel. As the shark grows, the denticles [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Tundra – a vast, flat, treeless Arctic region where the subsoil is permanently frozen Low temperatures prevent tree growth in tundras. The top layer of soil thaws during the summer and can support growth of grass, mosses and small shrubs. Tundras cover geographic regions of northern North America, Europe, and Asia.   High Touch High [...]

August 2013 E-News: Science of the Southpaw!

There’s no denying it. Left-handers are the odd men out. Sure, lefties make up about 10 percent of the population — but, frankly, it seems like society has forgotten about them. Right-handed gadgets, awkwardly designed desks, cooking tools that fit comfortably in your right hand make the modern day conveniences not so convenient for those [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Circadian Rhythm ~ a biological function, such as sleep/wake patterns or body temperature, that follows roughly a 24-hour cycle A circadian rhythm is found in most living organisms, including animals, plants, and fungi. Circadian rhythm affects an organism’s physical, mental, and behavioral patterns. Light and darkness greatly influence circadian rhythms. High Touch High Tech is [...]