Star Wars Reads Day

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 7:29 a.m.
Star Wars may be science fiction, but it has inspired several generations to learn more about physics, astronomy, and of course, the possibility of lightsaber technology. October 11, 2014, is the third annual Star Wars Reads Day in North America, and the first worldwide. One of the Maine Science Festival’s partners, the …

Crucial to Sustainability

on Oct. 07, 2014, at 7:17 a.m.
Cerahelix is a small company based in Orono, Maine, that is developing a ceramic filter that filters water to high purity and under challenging conditions. This technology has applications in industrial water treatment, where the challenge is to efficiently purify water for recycling and re-use. Cerahelix has been developing this technology for …

How can you not remember that?!?

on Oct. 03, 2014, at 8:06 a.m.
Does it seem that men do not remember anything, but women remember just about everything…in detail? A recent study shows that girls and women *are* better at recalling autobiographical memories faster, with more detail and more accuracy than boys and men. But why? It may be because of how parents talk to …

Axiom Technologies Steering Adult Education into the Future

on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:37 a.m.
Adult education in Washington County came under new direction this spring, with Axiom Technologies at the helm. Expanding on their success with digital literacy in the county, Axiom will utilize the same techniques to serve adult learners on a variety of subjects in the region. The new non-profit entity of …

Cannibalistic Galaxies

on Sept. 26, 2014, at 6:03 a.m.
Did you know that monster galaxies are eating their smaller neighbors?  Even the Milky Way has had an occasional snack attack on Its little buddies. You can read more about it here, but remember, you heard it first here at the Maine Science Festival blog! For more information about the Maine …

Never too young to learn about science!

on Sept. 23, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
The Maine Discovery Museum is presenting Science Stories, every Tuesday at 11am (with the exception of school breaks).  Each week they’ll read aloud a favorite children’s book, explore the science in the story, and make a fun project to take home. The program is geared toward preschool aged children, but is also …

The Key to Curing Diseases

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
How many of your relatives or friends are facing a serious disease such as cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s? How do we cure these diseases, which start in our genes, the most basic determinants of our health and other physical traits? For answers, we turn to our doctors. But for better …

Every other breath you take

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Tiny organisms that live in the ocean supply more than half of the world’s oxygen (that’s every other breath you take) and support the entire marine food chain. Bigelow Laboratory is the only independent basic research institution in the world that focuses on microbial oceanography and how the ocean’s tiniest …

Monday Sept 15th = first ever Maine Science Festival event!

on Sept. 11, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
What kinds of events can you expect at a science festival? A science festival is a whole new way to learn about science – fun, informative, no tests, no jobs on the line. It can also be a whole new way to think about the science that happens around us …

Maine Science Festival Coming in 2015!

on Sept. 08, 2014, at 9:40 a.m.
What do you think of when you think of Maine? Lobster? Moose? Acadia National Park? Baxter and Katahdin? Artists and islanders? At the Maine Science Festival we think about how much amazing science in happening in Maine all the time. Not just the stuff that happens everywhere (from microbrews to mountaintops), but …

First Pairing

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
I have been doing this for many years and bring a different look to Maine. That look is in pairing food and wine as a teacher and professional in the wine business. There are food columns galore, a wine column, and nothing that does both. Let’s start at the beginning. As a student …

What Robin Williams Taught Us About Life

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
Today, I’m going to take a moment to share some non-political thoughts regarding an important topic that has become central focus in the last day or so. Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead yesterday in an apparent suicide, leading to mourning and sadness across social media. He …

Maine celebrates Moxie in style

on July 22, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
LISBON – All around me are the booths, merchants, and crowds found at many summer festivals in Maine. But unlike any other event, we’ve all come to this small mill town, on a sunny Saturday in July, to watch a parade and celebrate a strange tasting soda, Moxie. According to …

A day to celebrate and remember all that is America

on July 06, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH – On Wednesday, July 3, as thousands of tourists were crossing the border between Maine and New Hampshire for the holiday weekend, state police vehicles and approximately 50 members of the Patriot Riders motorcycle club escorted a 48′ car-hauler, wrapped in white vinyl graphics depicting soldiers and sailors. The trailer …

Cycling before the big game

on June 23, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Yes, these posts are supposed to document my summer of cycling, but yesterday was one of the ‘big’ days for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup, and I spent most of my day looking forward to the game. I was not disappointed. As I said today, if, two weeks ago, …

Cycling through summer

on June 22, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
OK, I am the first one to admit I have a somewhat fanatical relationship with my bicycle. I’m happy when the last of the snow and ice leaves the roads and I can ride to school each morning. Sometimes, on junkets to Florida during the shortest days of the winter, …

How The U.S. Enabled The Collapse Of Iraq

on June 17, 2014, at 7:52 p.m.
Iraq is descending into chaos. Our leaders would have you believe that it is because we left. This excuse couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, American arrogance in assuming we could tame the region led to the fall. Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a man who never met a …

We should remember them every day

on May 27, 2014, at 6:57 a.m.
It would be easy just to spend the holidays working around the house, walking on the beach, or cooking on the grill. My hope is that no matter what we do on this day, we spend at least a little time thinking about those who selflessly put themselves at risk on …

Sometimes Slower is Better – Bike to Work Day

on May 16, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
SACO – Cities and cycling enthusiasts across the nation have named May as the “Bike to Work” month, and Friday, May 16, the city of Portland and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine decided to join the fun. As someone who admittedly already has a close relationship with his bike, I decided …

Unintended Consequences – Graduation, Grades, and Goodbyes

on May 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
SACO – As a teacher, the end of the year is always a mixed blessing. I know that summer is right around the corner, the weather is usually warmer, and the days are often long and sunny. In school, especially in high school, it’s a time when you say goodbye …
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