Weekend Links + Community Recap (10/7)

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

And here is a recap of this week’s community posts, in case you missed them on Facebook or Twitter:

Have a great weekend!

Chemistry Cat Caption Contest Winners Announced!

Our fans are amazing! Seriously. Thank you for making this contest a success: over 500 entries, thousands of votes, and 1,140 new Facebook fans. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

So, who won?

As I mentioned above, we had a LOT of entries. We also had 25 entries receive over 10 ‘likes’! The caption champ, however, is Michael Howland with a very LOLcat-like message “i iz a scienrist” and a whopping 70 ‘likes’:

Congratulations Michael!

The caption runner-up is Levent Sakar, with an entry that received 53 likes.

The random fan winner is Chris Macri. Congratulations!

Michael gets the first choice between the Astroscan or the CHEM C3000 chemistry set. Chris will get the other prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. As a way of saying thanks, we have something really special lined up for all of our fans. Keep an eye on our updates later in the week for more detail.

The 4th Annual Kids’ Science Challenge

Kids' Science ChallengeRegistration for the Kids’ Science Challenge, a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders, opened today for it’s fourth year. The competition gives kids the opportunity to submit experiments and problems for real scientists and engineers to solve. Plus kids can play science games, watch videos, and enter to win awesome prizes and trips.

This year’s topics:

  • Zero Waste
  • Animal Smarts
  • Meals on Mars

Through the competition kids research these topics, brainstorm ideas, and submit their experiments or problems for scientists to solve. The winning students are given the opportunity to work with real scientists to bring their ideas to life.

The first 1,000 entrants receive a free science activity kit with hands-on projects related to the three science topics. Other prizes include science kits, science equipment and cool science toys.

The competition is open between October 1, 2011 and February 29, 2012.

Visit the site for more information, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Good luck to all that enter!

Disclosure: Edmund Scientific has provided some of the great prizes for this competition.

Sky Talk October 2011: A Meteor Shower & Two Planets

Orionids Meteor Shower

Orionids Meteor Shower Lights Up the Sky by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr

Skywatchers have an ideal opportunity this month to see one of the most reliable annual displays of “shooting stars” plus the rising of the two brightest planets on opposite horizons. And all this couldn’t happen at a better time, for October typically has not only some of the best skies of the year for viewing but also on average the greatest number of clear nights.

The Orionid Meteor Shower will provide another fine display of celestial fireworks as it reaches peak activity during the evening hours of the 21st into the morning of the 22nd, maximum itself coming sometime before dawn. The Moon will interfere somewhat after midnight, being just two days past Last Quarter. As many as two dozen shooting stars will be seen under good sky conditions (or about one every two minutes).
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Weekend Links – 9/30

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

Have a good weekend!

Answer to our Weekend Contest

We used a little Edmund Scientific nostalgia for an impromptu contest over the weekend. Unfortunately, the correct answer wasn’t submitted by any of the contestants! I’ll leave the “bonus challenge” open through the end of October. Send us a picture of you holding an original copy of the catalog and we’ll hook you up with a nice surprise.

Thanks to all of you that participated!

Neutrinos Faster Than Light?

Researchers at CERN released a statement that an experiment had recorded subatomic particles, known as neutrinos, traveling faster than the speed of light.

The result, if confirmed, would upend the field of physics, as Einstein’s theory of relativity is based on the idea that nothing can travel faster than light.

“This result comes as a complete surprise,” said Antonio Ereditato of the University of Bern, a spokesman for the experiment, in a statement on the CERN web site. “After many months of studies and cross checks we have not found any instrumental effect that could explain the result of the measurement.” However, he added, “the potential impact on science is too large to draw immediate conclusions or attempt physics interpretations.”

(via: Particles Found Faster Than Light – WSJ.com.

Weekend Fun – Correctly Guess the Year & Win

What year is this catalog cover from?

How about some Edmund Scientific nostalgia… does this catalog cover look familiar? Maybe you had it!

The question is: do you know what year this cover is from?

Submit your guess in the comments or via tweet to @edmundsci before Monday (9/26/11) 8am ET. We’ll announce the correct answer Monday morning. Submit the right answer and get a special treat from us!

Bonus challenge: post a picture of you holding an original copy of this catalog, either on our Facebook page or via tweet, and we’ll hook you up with something extra special. Start digging through those boxes!

Weekend Links – 9/23

Each Friday we’ll post a collection of links for you to check out over the weekend — posts from around the web that didn’t quite make the cut for the week. Not saying these aren’t cool, by any means — they’re just older or not as exciting as the links we decided to post.

Enjoy:

Have a good weekend!

Fatherhood, Not Testosterone, Makes The Man

Me and my girls in Rhode Island

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that when men become fathers, their testosterone levels drop significantly. Not shocking news, if you are already a dad, right?

The study, led by Dr. Lee Gettler of Northwestern University, followed the testosterone levels of 600+ Filipino men from when they were 21 until five years after becoming fathers. The results showed that the testosterone level dipped as much as 34 percent in the men who became fathers, with the biggest change occurring in men who spent a lot of time caring for their children.

A few quotes from the NPR article:

“There’s something about being an active father that’s contributing to these dramatic declines,” said Dr. Gettler, who headed the study.

Anthropologist Peter Gray at the University of Nevada told The New York Times, “A dad with lower testosterone is maybe a little more sensitive to cues from his child, and maybe he’s a little less sensitive to cues from a woman he meets at a bar.”

As a very involved father of three toddle girls, I can’t say I am surprised, but it does explain a lot of things. At least I now have an excuse the next time a non-father buddy catches me playing dress-up with the girls.

(Source: Fatherhood, Not Testosterone, Makes The Man : NPR.)