An important promise

on Dec. 20, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Almost two years ago, I promised my friend Russ Warriner that I would somehow find the time to tell his story. Russ was a crew chief aboard a U.S. Army helicopter that was attached to the 1st Cavalry and served in Vietnam more than 40 years ago. He paid a dear …

Where does the fat go?

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 6:27 a.m.
A paper recently published in the British Medical Journal shows that most medical professionals do not know what happens when you lose weight. The misconception is that the fat has been converted into energy.  But what really happens? It goes into thin air. (Although it sounds like one, this is not …


on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.
ROME We prepared to go to Rome by reading a variety of books that were every bit as delicious as the foods and wines themselves. There is a movement in Italy toward replicating the ancient wines of the Romans, who were wine saavy from top to bottom. We set out …

Need to borrow a telescope? Go to the library!

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
Winter time is great star-gazing time and the constellation Orion is prominent in the night skies. The Bangor Public Library started circulating our new Orion Starblast Telescope the first week in December. The Orion Starblast is a 4.5 inch reflective telescope. It comes with instructions about using the telescope, a National Audubon Society Pocket Guide …

The science of a stringed instrument

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:20 a.m.
December 13th is National Violin Day, a time to honor one of the most difficult instruments to play.  Although when you consider how many calories you burn while playing the violin for an hour (170 calories), it seems well worth the effort, doesn’t it? Violins are complex instruments, not only in playing …

The Science in building a home

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
The Habitat for Humanity has a vision–to see a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live. They build and repair homes all around the world using volunteer labor and resources. What you might not realize, is that there is quite a bit of science that goes into …


on Dec. 06, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
ZINFANDEL: A PERSONAL HISTORY This most mysterious of grapes hasn’t changed much in the past 165 years, but the uses, perception and history of it have. As a student at San Francisco State University in the 70’s I proposed doing my history thesis on the zinfandel grape and was met …

Headliner tickets on sale Monday, December 8th!

on Dec. 05, 2014, at 5:34 a.m.
Tickets for the Maine Science Festival headliner event – Academy Award® winning scientist Tony DeRose from Pixar* – are going on sale Monday, December 8th at 10am. This session – Science on the Screen and Behind the Scenes at Pixar – will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30pm …

Orion Launch Party

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
Join folks at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor for Family Science night this Thursday evening. It will be a celebration of NASA’s new human spaceflight rocket, Orion! Orion is built to take humans farther than ever before, possibly even to Mars. Thursday’s launch is a four-hour flight that will …

We’re having Science for Thanksgiving

on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:39 a.m.
What do particle accelerators, thermodynamics, and engineering have to do with Thanksgiving? Everything! If you buy a turkey that has been shrink wrapped (especially Butterball turkeys), then you have particle accelerators to thank for producing that sturdy film that keeps the turkey fresh.  Symmetry magazine did an article a few years …

Keeping our pets healthy and our water safe

on Nov. 21, 2014, at 7:26 a.m.
Westbrook is the home of IDEXX Laboratories, a leader in the development and manufacture of tests that detect diseases in cats, dogs and other animals. In 2011, after the devastating tsunami in Japan, IDEXX provided testing that ensured the health and safety of cats and dogs throughout the region after thousands of pets were …

Wines for Thanksgiving

on Nov. 19, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
WINES FOR THANKSGIVING There is a chapter in my book Wine Maniacs: Life in the Wine Biz titled “ The 60 Days of Wine Mania”. Every November and December everyone suddenly emerges to have a glass of wine (for some their only glass of the year) preferably at your house, …

Birth of a Science Festival

on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
We’ve been talking about the types of events and science that you can expect to see in March (20-22nd), but have you wondered why we wanted to have a celebration of science? Wonder no more! MSF Festival Director Kate Dickerson gave a PechaKucha about this very thing last April. We …

To Maine and beyond…

on Nov. 14, 2014, at 5:21 a.m.
With all of the excitement of the comet landing this week, we just had to highlight all of the Mainers who have been in space and how several of our partners have made an impact on space travel and exploration. Robert Rushworth, Maine’s first astronaut, was a test pilot who …

Science has helped the military and beyond

on Nov. 11, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
We hear of advances in military technology that provide safer measures for our troops, like minesweeping robots for the Navy, but much of the technology also benefits civilian life. Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the past decade (robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades), but the stumps they attach to can swell and …

They’re not just about the cookies

on Nov. 07, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
Girl Scouts of Maine offers various opportunities for science experiences for girls in grades K-12.  Several badges that girls can work on individually or with their troops include naturalist (Bugs, Flowers, Trees, Sky, and Water), science and technology (Home Scientist and the Science of Happiness), investigation (including Senses and Special Agent), …

Spooky Space Photos

on Oct. 31, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
  Witch heads, black widow spiders, zombie stars….space can be very scary! Take a glance at these fearsome space photographs this Halloween.  Are they tricks…or treats?

“A Community of Enthusiastic Learners”

on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:03 a.m.
If you’ve lived in Maine since the 1990s, you’ve probably heard of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM). You know, that place way up north (Limestone) where you can get a world-class education *in Maine,* and the only residential magnet school in New England that specializes in mathematics and science education? And …

Join with Senator George Mitchell and support the MSF!

on Oct. 24, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
We are thrilled to announce the public support of Senator George Mitchell for the Maine Science Festival! The Maine Science Festival is committed to ensuring that Mainers from all over the state are able to celebrate science with us. All events, with the exception of our headliner (Tony DeRose, Academy …

Have you wondered what to expect at the MSF? Here’s a sampler.

on Oct. 21, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
The Maine Science Festival is dedicated to showcasing the science that is happening all around us in an engaging way. We are thrilled to announce our first slate of events – we have something for everyone! Crime Scene Investigation – hands-on MSF partner Husson University will set up a simulated …
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