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It’s estimated that companies and governments will spend over $124 billion dollars this year on security measures to protect your data. But with a disguise, the right piece of specialized equipment (which is basically a USB stick on steroids that I could purchase for $49.99 during a Christmas sale), and about 10 minutes, I, a […]

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The Illinois Science Council is delighted to partner with the University of Chicago to bring students’ science writing texts to Science Unsealed. In February 2019, Science Unsealed editors-in-chief Dana Simmons and Ben Marcus spoke to fourth-year University of Chicago students about methods for effective science communication.  In the upcoming months, Science Unsealed will publish seven […]

The post Science Unsealed is Hosting UChicago Science Writers! appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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If you reach into your back pocket or bag, a small device likely hides in the depths. Perhaps you’re holding it right now, using its screen to read these words. Of course, I’m referring to the cell phone which 92% of Americans now possess. This tiny device has utterly revolutionized our concept of communication and […]

The post Let’s Talk Quantum—A Revolution in Communication appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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Emily Collins has spent her life under the shadow of recurring bacterial infections. She spent a significant part of her childhood in the hospital, she took time off from her studies at her university, and she lost her dream job of being a nurse. Emily suffers from chronic ESBL infections. ESBLs or Extended-Spectrum-Beta-Lactamases are bacterial […]

The post Redrawing the Battle Plan Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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Everyone has a digital camera on their phone these days, but you, the aspiring photographer, might be thinking it’s time to summon the courage and upgrade to a higher-end camera. But if you browse the cameras on Amazon, you might notice that with higher quality comes more and more specs – odd strings of letters […]

The post How Cameras Work: From Lens to Sensor appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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For those of us here in Illinois, the end of January this year was mind-blowingly frigid. Wind chills dipped as low as minus 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the upper Midwest, and in Chicago it was not much warmer than that. In fact, temperatures that week were substantially colder in the states along the […]

The post Why Chicago Set Records with Another Polar Vortex appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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“It’s just like riding a bike!” We usually say this when we’re trying out a task or a skill that we may have learned long ago, and have not used for a while, but can still execute like no time has passed. Think back for a moment to that time when you were learning this […]

The post Immunity: How Vaccines Keep You Healthy appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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While there is an exception to every rule, most bartenders recognize that there are really two types of cocktails: sours and bitters. These flavors temper the taste of alcohol, as most people don’t enjoy straight 40% alcohol booze. The first thing bartenders can do to give their drinks flavor – the first step in creating […]

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From diamond rings to sapphire earrings to garnet necklaces, people have gotten into the habit of wearing and cherishing gemstones.  Maybe it’s their rich colors, their sharp facets, or the way the light glimmers when it hits them; natural crystals are definitely some of Earth’s most extraordinary materials. Somehow, along with all its craggy rocks […]

The post Surprising Uses for Gemstones appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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Last year, my friends and I went hiking in the awe-inspiring mountains in Denver, Colorado.  The five of us are all active people, but certainly not elite athletes. As we left the car and glanced out at the beginning of the trail, I thought, “That’s barely a mild incline; this will be easy.”  We grabbed […]

The post Gasping for Air in the Colorado Rockies appeared first on Illinois Science Council.

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