Southwestern Wisconsin officials contemplate next steps after study shows widespread contamination of private wells

A landmark study of groundwater contamination in southwest Wisconsin’s private wells has come to a close, but county officials and scientists say it’s only the first step in helping residents deal with vulnerable wells. The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology, or SWIGG, study tested 978 samples from 816 private wells in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette … Read more

Vote now for your favorite 2022 Houston science teacher

Since 2019, alliantgroup and the Houston Independent School District have been partnering for the SPARK Award, a program that rewards outstanding HISD science teachers who are increasing student engagement and achievement through innovative lesson plans that emphasize both the importance and fun aspects of science. The overall winner receives a $ 3,500 personal award plus … Read more

Octopuses Tragically Destroy Themselves After Mating. We May Finally Know Why

Octopuses are doomed to be orphans from a very young age. After a female octopus lays her eggs, she stops eating and begins self-mutilating, tearing off her skin and biting off the tips of her tentacles. By the time a young octopus wriggles out of its egg, its mother is already dead. A few months … Read more

Nobel Laureate and Physicist Wilczek Wins Templeton Prize | Science News

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and author renowned for his boundary-pushing investigations into the fundamental laws of nature, was honored Wednesday with this year’s prestigious Templeton Prize, awarded to individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and spirituality. In a statement, the John Templeton Foundation … Read more

Before You Cancel Your Subscription to Science Magazine

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Photo: Elise Amendola / Associated Press Where can one turn for science reporting that has not become politicized? It’s a difficult question to answer when examining establishment academic journals. But a few events this week have this column wondering if a resurgence of rigor might just be underway. On Tuesday … Read more

Is it fair to characterize Premier John Horgan as “anti-science”?

I’ll start this column by offering some positive comments about Premier John Horgan. First off, he seems more concerned about the cost of living for average folks than any BC first minister in a generation. His government has limited rent increases in the face of lots of howling from landlords. I know — the critics … Read more

Science in the Shadow of the French Revolution

In 1788, Jacques Louis David painted a full-length double portrait of the chemist Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier, his wife and scientific collaborator, casting them as personifications of the Enlightenment. He set the striking pair in an elegant drawing room — evoking an apartment they occupied in the Paris Arsenal where … Read more

Mattea’s slim victory: Canadian former contestants on the science of ‘Jeopardy!’ bets

TORONTO – Canadian “Jeopardy!” champ Mattea Roach extended an impressive win streak Thursday with her 18th consecutive triumph. It allows the 23-year-old to face another pair of challengers Friday, when victory would move her up the ranking for top consecutive wins. She currently has the eighth-longest win streak in the program’s history but one more … Read more

Breaking the mold: UW-Madison geneticist bridges art and science, partakes in National Mall display

For years, Ahna Skop did not feel like she fit the mold of a scientist. She comes from a family of artists. Her father, Michael Skop, was a pupil of a famous Croatian artist, Ivan Meštrović, and her dad brought in students from all over the world to an art school they had at their … Read more

Let’s go, Blues — but how? St. Louis Science Center explores history, physics, technology of hockey | Arts and theater

St. Louisans know what it takes to cheer for a hockey team. But when we bellow “Let go, Blues!” do we really know what it takes to make the Blues, well, go? A new traveling exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center will help visitors learn about the science behind the sport. “Hockey: Faster Than … Read more