There has been a recent debate among scientists about the necessity and effectiveness of collecting specimens from the wild. Read what students had to say about what extent museums and aquariums should be collecting organisms from the wild.
“What if you could drop microscopes literally around the world from an airplane?” Manu Prakash, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University would often joke with his team. This musing actually heavily influenced the design of their new microscope, a paper origami microscope that can be used for diagnosing diseases in developing countries.
There is no doubt that human consumption can have a negative effect on our environment. Read what students had to say when asked, What’s the best way to create a sustainable future in a changing climate — through government regulation, or through changing people’s habits and attitudes?
Recent surveys done by The Pew Research Center in collaboration with the AAAS show that scientists and adults in the United States have differing views on many science-related issues. Hear what students had to say when asked why there is this often difference of opinion.
The ocean’s mysterious twilight zone is home to a wealth of fish species, many that are new to researchers. In this e-book from KQED, discover how scientists from the California Academy of Sciences engineered a device to safely transport live fish from the twilight zone back to the Academy’s aquarium for further study.
Meet Matt Wandell, a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms. Watch this video to learn more about Matt and what he does.
As we face the consequences of a changing climate, many people wonder how we can most effectively change the consumptive habits of U.S. citizens. Is it more effective to change people’s behavior and attitudes or have the government implement regulations?
Watch this demonstration of Boyle’s Law that shows how changes in pressure affect a fish’s swim bladder.