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Greatest Inventions: 2012 and 1913 Editions

As we approach the end of another year of the Gregorian calendar, publishers and the media provide a look back at their top news stories or ‘best of’ from the past year. Scientific publishers also provide retrospectives of the year that tend to focus on top inventions, such as Popular Science’s Invention Awards (also see […]

Wishing upon the Shooting Stars: The Geminid Meteor Shower

Have you been wishing for something and it hasn’t come true? Well you are in luck. The Geminid meteor shower will be giving us plenty of shooting stars (meteors) to wish upon from Dec. 4-17, and according to Ptolemy (1st century A.D.), when there are shooting stars the gods will be looking down on us […]

Creatures of the Night

Halloween is here and neighborhoods will be filled with magical, mysterious, and mystical creatures such as devils, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, witches, and vampires. We will also see plenty of bats displayed in homes, windows, and yards. On this holiday of the supernatural, the bat (Order Chiroptera) is a real-life creature of the night which may […]

Meet the Einsteins

Every year I look forward to mid-October when the Einstein Fellows visit the Science Reference Section. The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows Program is made up of master teachers from across the United States and is sponsored by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. The Einsteins, as I like to call them, spend […]

¡Felicitaciones! Science.gov

Wouldn’t it be great to have a feature on your website that could translate your online content into another language with the blink of an eye? Well, that wish has finally been granted. Earlier this month Science.gov released a Spanish version of its website – Ciencia.Science.gov. This initiative is truly amazing and inspiring. Government science […]

A Special Kind of Moon

There is something about a full moon that affects us (sometimes literally!) and our admiration of it can be found in art, literature, music, and poetry.  The full moon is revered in many cultures across the globe.  In North America, tribes of Native Americans gave varying names to the full moons according to the season, […]

Put Yourself on Target

Today’s post is authored by Constance Carter, head of the science reference section. Connie has written for us before, see her posts – Food Thrift: Scraps from the Past  and Celebrate with a Chocolate Chip Cookie. The LC Science Tracer Bullet is celebrating its 40th birthday this month! The idea behind the Tracer Bullet was to find […]

Transit of Venus: The Unsung Heroes

The following is a guest post by Dr. Sten Odenwald, NASA/ National Institute of Aerospace, who presented a lecture on the Transit of Venus at the Library of Congress on May 8, 2012. You can view his lecture on our webcast page and Youtube channel. On June 5th, 2012 most people will have the opportunity […]

Science Diplomacy

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, which provides me with the perfect opportunity to highlight one of our outreach activities- the Asian Science & Technology (S&T) Forum. Our division’s research specialist in Asian S&T policy, Dr. Tomoko Steen, created this forum three years ago as a discussion group on behalf of a selection of Asian […]