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The Koshland Science Museum closed on November 27, 2017. The work of the museum is now carried out through LabX, a public engagement program of the National Academy of Sciences. Find out more at labx.org

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This week’s Scientist Show & Tell is in STARK contrast to all of our previous posts. If you don’t like to MARVEL at amaz...
09/10/2021

This week’s Scientist Show & Tell is in STARK contrast to all of our previous posts. If you don’t like to MARVEL at amazing art, you better SHIELD your eyes. Ok, ok, we’ll stop there. But seriously, this week’s submission from José Morey really raises the bar on home décor. In 2019, he commissioned this Iron Man painting by South Florida artist Trey Art Design as a reminder of the final scene in Avengers: Endgame. When Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) sacrifices himself to save the world, José says, “it’s a reminder that every one of us can be a hero if we put others before ourselves.”

In addition to being the founder and CEO of Ad Astra Media, LLC, José is a 2021 Eisenhower Fellow focusing on STEAM education to uplift underserved communities.

Got som**hing cool you’d like to share with us? Send us your stuff! Scientist Show & Tell submission details at http://ow.ly/2f1S50G46yq

This week’s Scientist Show & Tell is in STARK contrast to all of our previous posts. If you don’t like to MARVEL at amazing art, you better SHIELD your eyes. Ok, ok, we’ll stop there. But seriously, this week’s submission from José Morey really raises the bar on home décor. In 2019, he commissioned this Iron Man painting by South Florida artist Trey Art Design as a reminder of the final scene in Avengers: Endgame. When Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) sacrifices himself to save the world, José says, “it’s a reminder that every one of us can be a hero if we put others before ourselves.”

In addition to being the founder and CEO of Ad Astra Media, LLC, José is a 2021 Eisenhower Fellow focusing on STEAM education to uplift underserved communities.

Got som**hing cool you’d like to share with us? Send us your stuff! Scientist Show & Tell submission details at http://ow.ly/2f1S50G46yq

We loved doing this series last year with The Science and Entertainment Exchange! Check out all the episodes on our YouT...
09/08/2021
A Hollywood Producer and a Scientist Talk Disasters Part 1: Prepare

We loved doing this series last year with The Science and Entertainment Exchange! Check out all the episodes on our YouTube channel.

Disaster movies are fun, but real disasters are anything but. LabX teamed up with the Science and Entertainment Exchange and their #AskAScientist series to f...

We are IN LOVE 😻 with the cover art for our new forensic science party game and couldn't wait to show you, so here's a s...
09/07/2021

We are IN LOVE 😻 with the cover art for our new forensic science party game and couldn't wait to show you, so here's a sneak peek of the design from the talented Ann-Sophie De Steur Illustrations. Stay tuned for a release date!

We are IN LOVE 😻 with the cover art for our new forensic science party game and couldn't wait to show you, so here's a sneak peek of the design from the talented Ann-Sophie De Steur Illustrations. Stay tuned for a release date!

Wrong Answers Only is back September 23! Learn more about the expert, our hilarious comedy panel, and get your free tick...
09/06/2021

Wrong Answers Only is back September 23! Learn more about the expert, our hilarious comedy panel, and get your free tickets at http://ow.ly/Hec650G1399

Wrong Answers Only is back September 23! Learn more about the expert, our hilarious comedy panel, and get your free tickets at http://ow.ly/Hec650G1399

Rolling into this week’s Scientist Show & Tell is another LabX staff member, Monique McIlwain! As a child growing up in ...
08/27/2021

Rolling into this week’s Scientist Show & Tell is another LabX staff member, Monique McIlwain! As a child growing up in California, Monique has fond memories of learning to skate in the laundromat while holding onto the washing machines. She hadn’t skated in years until 2016 when she picked up a pair of her very own skates. During the pandemic, skating at outdoor rinks with friends and family has helped to keep her (mostly) sane.

Scientists! Do you have som**hing weird, interesting, and/or meaningful you’d like to share? Send it our way! Scientist Show & Tell submissions at http://ow.ly/R4pB50FRZLy

08/23/2021
Wrong Answers Only Crossover Episode Clip - Supercomputer

How much did it cost to build the Titan supercomputer? According to our comedy panel from last month's episode of Wrong Answers Only, somewhere between $1 trillion and the price of a MacBook Air. Find out the actual answer in the clip below!

“Go get Grandma Ann’s bones from the closet” might sound like the title of the latest true crime #podcast, but for PhD c...
08/20/2021

“Go get Grandma Ann’s bones from the closet” might sound like the title of the latest true crime #podcast, but for PhD candidate Sarah Wolf it’s just som**hing her mom says to guests when she wants to show them some art. Sarah’s grandmother, Anya Melnikoff Coles, grew up on Russian Hill in San Francisco and would make beautiful carvings from cow bones that she got from the local butcher. Later in life she and her husband managed county fairs where she exhibited her art up and down the west coast. And bones weren’t her only medium of choice, grandma Ann also loved to shape bonsai trees and even groomed her poodles (at one point there were NINE of them living in her SF home!).

When she’s not showing off her grandmother’s bones, Sarah investigates the role of bacteria in ocean deoxygenation in the hopes of increasing the resilience of coastal communities. When she’s not in the lab, Sarah loves playing beach volleyball, digging in her garden, and sharing science-themed children’s books online. She has a cat named Binx and a frenchie named Winston.

Scientists show us your stuff! Got som**hing strange, interesting, and/or meaningful? We want to see it! Scientist Show & Tell submissions at http://ow.ly/oopN50FQ2Sn

Did you miss last week's episode of Chemists in the Kitchen featuring our friends at Ice Cream Jubilee? Check it out and...
08/17/2021
Making Homemade Ice Cream | Chemists in the Kitchen

Did you miss last week's episode of Chemists in the Kitchen featuring our friends at Ice Cream Jubilee? Check it out and let us know what's your favorite flavor of ice cream! http://ow.ly/OwZi50FPXwe

What's better on a hot summer's day than ice cream? Nothing! In this episode of Chemists in the Kitchen Adrian and Robin are joined by Victoria (owner of Ice...

08/16/2021
Wrong Answers Only Crossover Episode Clip - Lip Plumper

Comedian Alli Goldberg thinks biologist Corrie Moreau has found a new lip plumping technique in this clip from last month's episode of Wrong Answers Only. Watch to Find out what was really going on in that photo!

And the winner for Scientist Show & Tell  object that came from deepest within the Earth goes to geographer/oceanographe...
08/13/2021

And the winner for Scientist Show & Tell object that came from deepest within the Earth goes to geographer/oceanographer Dawn Wright! Fresh out of grad school and on her first Antarctic expedition, Dawn found herself aboard the JOIDES Resolution, a 500-foot-long floating laboratory. Accompanying their research vessel was another ship, the Maersk Master, whose job it was to literally lasso and drag icebergs out of their way. Dawn’s object, a penguin made from the sediment they were drilling for 3 miles down in the ocean, was given to her by one of the Danish seamen aboard the Maersk Master. She says, “It’s one of my most cherished possessions because it was a beautiful token of cross-cultural friendship, as well as his enormous talent and creativity.”

Dawn is the first black woman to dive to the deep ocean floor in the famous Alvin submersible and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. More importantly, she is into road cycling, apricot green tea gummy bears, legos, 18th century pirates, her dog Riley, and Spongebob. You can follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn.

Got som**hing weird, interesting, or meaningful you’d like to share? Send it our way! Scientist Show & Tell submissions at http://ow.ly/20Vl50FLggk

What's better on a hot summer's day than ice cream? Nothing! Which is why we're so excited to partner with Ice Cream Jub...
08/12/2021
Making Homemade Ice Cream | Chemists in the Kitchen

What's better on a hot summer's day than ice cream? Nothing! Which is why we're so excited to partner with Ice Cream Jubilee for the latest episode of Chemists in the Kitchen. Watch as Adrian and Robin try to recreate one of Ice Cream Jubilee's most popular flavors at home! http://ow.ly/sqUC50FP26j

What's better on a hot summer's day than ice cream? Nothing! In this episode of Chemists in the Kitchen Adrian and Robin are joined by Victoria (owner of Ice...

08/09/2021
Wrong Answers Only Crossover Episode Clip: Autonomous

How long can the Remus 600 underwater vehicle operate autonomously? According to comedian Lisa Curry the answer is, "Too long. I'm so scared." Find out the actual answer in this clip from last month's Wrong Answers Only crossover episode!

No post for you! Next! Sorry, didn’t mean to yell like that. We’re just trying to get into character for this week’s Lab...
08/06/2021

No post for you! Next! Sorry, didn’t mean to yell like that. We’re just trying to get into character for this week’s LabX staff Scientist Show & Tell from Keri Stoever. A huge comedy, and TV fan in general, Keri shares with us a script from Seinfeld’s famous Soup N**i episode. This object brings up particularly fond memories because not only was it a birthday gift from her friend in high school that she’s still close with today, but it also reminds her of watching Seinfeld with her family every night after dinner. Keri says, “My family is one of those that likes to endlessly quote TV shows and movies to each other and Seinfeld was always one of our favorites.”

As the program officer at LabX, Keri leads the charge on a variety of projects including our new Extreme Event game facilitator certification program and our Chemists in the Kitchen YouTube series . When she’s not rewatching old Seinfeld reruns, Keri loves hiking and anything true crime related.

We’ll be back in just a few weeks with more scientists, so if you’ve got som**hing weird and/or meaningful you’d like to share with us, send it in! Scientist Show & Tell submission details at http://ow.ly/F9Ux50FIMFw

Wrong Answers Only is on summer vacation this month, but we'll be back in September with an all new episode. In the mean...
08/03/2021

Wrong Answers Only is on summer vacation this month, but we'll be back in September with an all new episode. In the meantime, you can check out all of our past episodes over on YouTube! http://ow.ly/xgQv50FEyOx

Wrong Answers Only is on summer vacation this month, but we'll be back in September with an all new episode. In the meantime, you can check out all of our past episodes over on YouTube! http://ow.ly/xgQv50FEyOx

Next up on our staff Scientist Show & Tell is LabX’s newest team member and resident ocean nerd, Kate Sutter! Giving Jac...
07/30/2021

Next up on our staff Scientist Show & Tell is LabX’s newest team member and resident ocean nerd, Kate Sutter! Giving Jacques Cousteau a run for his money, you can find Kate exploring all reaches of the ocean along with her Sofar Ocean Trident underwater drone. Won through a National Geographic science education and exploration grant, Kate has used the drone to explore shipwrecks from NYC to Indonesia. But one of the coolest projects she’s used it on was teaching high schoolers how to operate drones and explore the underwater cave systems of Florida.

Before Kate came to LabX, she worked at the American Museum of Natural History, The Ocean Agency, and CollegeHumor on a variety of projects. Since joining us, Kate has launched our super funny science comedy show Wrong Answers Only and is currently working on a video series about oddly specific research.

We’re still looking for scientists and their weird, interesting, and/or meaningful objects! Share your stuff with us at http://ow.ly/NEYY50FBtAP

Our brand new Extreme Event Game Facilitator Certification Program created in partnership with Epicenter Innovation goes...
07/29/2021

Our brand new Extreme Event Game Facilitator Certification Program created in partnership with Epicenter Innovation goes live next month. Sign up now and be the first to know when we launch! http://ow.ly/tQTW50FzIfl

Our brand new Extreme Event Game Facilitator Certification Program created in partnership with Epicenter Innovation goes live next month. Sign up now and be the first to know when we launch! http://ow.ly/tQTW50FzIfl

07/27/2021
Wrong Answers Only Episode 3 Clip: Keg of M**h

What's the weirdest thing forensic scientist Jasmine Drake has ever had to test? We'll let you decide between a beer keg filled with m**h or a greasy paper towel from the fuel tank of an 18-wheeler where they were making, you guessed it, m**h.

We're off for the month of August but will be back in September with an all-new episode of Wrong Answers Only! Register now at http://ow.ly/pvib50FzTPC

Calling all scientists and science communicators who use Federal science and tech! The White House wants to hear from yo...
07/26/2021
Public Listening Sessions on Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking | The White House

Calling all scientists and science communicators who use Federal science and tech! The White House wants to hear from you. Register now for this week's listening sessions. http://ow.ly/hhfS50FzGYv

To enhance efforts to improve scientific integrity policies, the Task Force on Scientific Integrity is organizing a series of three virtual listening sessions to hear from members of the public who produce, communicate, and use scientific and technical information. Perspectives gathered during the v...

07/26/2021
Wrong Answers Only Episode 3 Clip: Body Farm 2

Just a totally normal situation where after you're done interviewing for a new job, they offer to give you a tour of their BODY FARM.

We're off for the month of August, but will be back in September with an all-new episode of Wrong Answers Only. In the meantime, enjoy this clip from last month's Wrong Answers Only with forensic scientist Jasmine Drake! Tickets for September's show at http://ow.ly/ruHW50FzSh3

And now for som**hing completely different…For the next few weeks LabX staff will be taking over the Scientist Show & Te...
07/23/2021

And now for som**hing completely different…

For the next few weeks LabX staff will be taking over the Scientist Show & Tell! Kicking us off this week is Associate Program Officer Rick Thomas and his juggling clubs. As a kid Rick’s dad taught him to juggle, starting with homemade bean bags made by stuffing balloons with uncooked rice (strangely no beans). From there Rick quickly upgraded to rings, blocks, and his personal favorite, clubs. Rick loves clubs the most since they’re best for juggling with friends. And if you were even thinking about questioning his dedication to juggling, please stop right now as Rick not only attended juggling festivals and would regularly go to juggling meetups pre-pandemic, but he was also the Vice President of the UC San Diego juggling club.

In his non-juggling life, Rick helps LabX explore ways to hide science in games that people are actually interested in playing. His hobbies include anything that gets him outside and he recently completed a bike ride from DC to Pittsburgh and is now on a quest to see where else he can explore on his bike.

We’re still looking for scientists to share their stuff! If you’ve got som**hing strange, interesting, and/or meaningful that you’d like to share you can submit it at http://ow.ly/YIbQ50Fw4Vy

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This is my entry for the first week's challenge. Lot's of fun! I have read and agree to be bound by the rules of the LabX Plastic Games.
YEAH!! we did it, and became a more resilient community, well done students. 👏👏👏 We've played EXTREME FLOOD Game today for our first time, thanks to the National Academy of Sciences. A role-playing experience to re-enforce Natural Disasters awareness. More info: http://labx.org. E.T.S.I.MINAS - UPM, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. ATHENS 2019 Programme - Complex Coastal Hazards.
Narrated in the voice of a seemingly real robot, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s new film, The Truth About Killer Robots, explores the implications of increasing automation across the world. This masterpiece of science non-fiction is truly mindblowing, and begs the question: what happens when robots kill people? Check it out THIS SATURDAY October 13 at 10 AM at the Naval Heritage Center, tickets on sale now at www.dxfest.com
And Global warming can kill you too. How many billions need to be spent to prove or dis-prove same? Question for the day from a lay earth scientist expert?