“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.” 
― Henri Poincaré

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”
― Henri Poincaré

Scarier Than Halloween

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What’s scarier than Dracula, spookier than the headless horseman, and more disturbing than a Miley Cyrus Twerking costume?

Answer: A mysterious disease called white nose syndrome. The illness is killing North American bats by the millions. Named for the white fungus that appears on the infected bat’s face and wings, the disease infects colonies of bats, making them wake up from their hibernation and causing them to leave their caves in search of insects to eat…in the dead of winter, when it’s freezing cold and there’s no insects to be found. Since 2007, when the disease was first documented, nearly 6 million bats have died from the disease, making this one of our nation’s most critical wildlife issues.

So what can you do about it? Start by learning the truth about America’s bats. They won’t drink your blood or get tangled in your hair. In fact, they are an important part of our ecosystem. This weekend, we have a family-friendly program by the Organization for Bat Conservation that will teach you and your kids the basics about bats. Plus, you’ll even get to see a few live bats in person!

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we-r-not-tour-guides:

Pumpkin! I choose you!
Pumpkin Chuckin’ at NYSCI, for the Dead or Alive weekend!

It’s that time of year again! Come to NYSCI for our Dead or Alive festivities! Weekends of October 26th & 27th as well as November 2nd & 3rd!
Come see our Catapult demo for some Pumpkin Chucking!!!

explainers-nysci:

we-r-not-tour-guides:

Pumpkin! I choose you!

Pumpkin Chuckin’ at NYSCI, for the Dead or Alive weekend!

It’s that time of year again! Come to NYSCI for our Dead or Alive festivities! Weekends of October 26th & 27th as well as November 2nd & 3rd!

Come see our Catapult demo for some Pumpkin Chucking!!!

library-nysci:

AUTHOR VISIT IN THE LIBRARY.

Author Christy Hale read DREAMING UP to an enthusiastic audience on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  We all learned about styles of architecture. The concepts were made concrete with a building activity that followed.
One visiting educator commented on the diversity of the children pictured in the book. Christy told us that her publisher Lee & Low Books is known for creating books especially for children of color.

#empiredrivein at #nysci in #newyork is photo heaven

#empiredrivein at #nysci in #newyork is photo heaven

#empiredrivein at #nysci in #newyork is INCREDIBLE

#empiredrivein at #nysci in #newyork is INCREDIBLE

Join us at 4pm EST to catch the live stream discussion on Google Hangout. Make sure you RSVP.

STEM Career ​Nights at NYSCI ​are events that bring together professionals with NYSCI Explainers to connect, network, learn and engage in the full range of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This STEM night is about careers at Google, introducing Explainers to the diversity of people who choose to become engineers, technology experts, or other related careers.  We’ll discuss how different perspectives and different backgrounds are an asset to coming up with science and engineering solutions.

Featuring panelists from Google, and moderated by the Deputy Director of the Science Career Ladder, Priya Mohabir, NYSCI will also host a special Q&A and networking session.

Schedule:
• 4:00pm: Welcome Remarks by Eric Siegel, NYSCI Director & Chief Content Officer
• 4:10pm: Panel Introduction & Moderation of Q&A by Priya Mohabir, Deputy Director, Science Career Ladder
• 5:10pm: Closing Remarks by Ellen Wahl, Director, Youth Development & Entrepreneurship 
• 5:15pm: Networking Session w/ Refreshments

Mardell from #threeform models for #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork

Mardell from #threeform models for #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork

Mardell from #threeform models for #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork

Mardell from #threeform models for #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork