Science

An osprey in flight
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Ospreys, brought to Illinois as part of a project to restore the endangered hawk species, have flown the coop for warmer climates. But those working with the birds hope to see them return to the state in the near future. 

A team of economists is calling for changes to the way the federal government figures the cost associated with carbon emissions. 

The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal entities use to estimate the monetary damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions. The current SCC is estimated to be $37 per metric ton of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. The number is used to consider the value of plans to address climate change by cutting emissions.

Illinois State Archaeological Survey

This month's Illinois State Museum science lecture will focus on the Secret Lives of Paleoindians.  Dr. Thomas Loebel of the Illinois State Archaeological Society will present his research on these early inhabitants of North America and show that there was more to their societies than simply being nomadic hunters.  

He's completed digs throughout the mid west including Illinois and Wisconsin and says much has been learned...

http://www.kidzeum.org/

The Kidzeum has been collecting money since 2009 in order to build a science museum for kids. The ongoing goal of raising enough funds seems to finally be near. The museum's board is kicking off its final fund raising phase, 2 million dollars is still needed. We recently caught up with board president, Rachael Thompson, about where the museum is headed, where it will be located, and what it will feature: 

The Art of Science

Dec 1, 2009
Shown are color changes for 11 toxic industrial chemicals detected by an optoelectronic nose using a colorimetric sensor array (upper left). Like a fingerprint, each odorant has a unique color pattern.
Kenneth Suslick / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

“Art is science made clear,” said the French artist Jean Cocteau.

The public needs that. Science is complicated, detailed and that thing the “smart kids” in high school do. It uses terms such as “biotechnology” and “nanotechnology” that people sort of know and other terms like “phagocytes” and “quarks” that most have little idea what they are.