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When most people hear the word “drone,” they think of covert military airstrikes, but proponents of autonomous systems see them becoming a part of everyday life. Experts have proposed their use in everything from aerial art to pizza delivery. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, NIU STEM Outreach invites community members to learn more about...
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Macular degeneration, a common eye disease that affects the retina, is the leading cause of blindness in Americans older than 50. Scientists at NIU are at the forefront of research on the human retina and are seeking new treatment to protect and preserve vision. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, NIU STEM Outreach invites community...
Attendees can view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which occurs every August when Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Image courtesy of NASA.
Dean Martin had it right when he crooned “That’s Amore” – wine, stars and Italian food are a magical combination. Join STEM Outreach at Acquaviva Winery for the next STEM Café to enjoy the meteors, the moon, the menu, and, of course, NIU experts on astronomy. “Star Gazing at the Winery” will take place from 7:30...
The next time you grab a frosty mug of your favorite brew, consider this: the beer that you drink is created in labs, viewed under microscopes, analyzed and inspected to ensure the correct oxygen levels and alcohol content. All that science goes into every sip, every pint, every keg, so that your favorite beer looks,...
Ross Powell
You can check an app on your phone to see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, but what about 10 or even 100 years from now? To predict climate change, geologists are drilling into the heart of Antarctic ice and studying the effects of millions of years of weather. Chill out with...
Imagine taking classes by video game. You wouldn’t just try to get to the next level or beat the game for the fun of it, you would play to ace a test and pass a class. Researchers are harnessing that motivation to play and win video games to teach new and challenging concepts to learners...
Ross Powell and fellow NIU geologist Scherer recovered sediment from a subglacial Antarctic lake bed.
You can check an app on your phone to see what the weather will be tomorrow, but what about 10 or even 100 years from now? To predict climate changes, geologists are drilling into the heart of Antarctic ice and studying the effects of millions of years of weather. Join NIU STEM Outreach at 6:30...
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Eyes get old, just like other parts of the body, but people can take steps to preserve vision. “Eventually, we all develop cataracts,” says James Dillon, an NIU expert on eyes. At the next STEM Café, Dillon will speak on how the eye changes with age and what people can do to slow the deterioration...
Genetically modified crops have been grown in the United States for decades, but they remain controversial. Are these crops the answer to world hunger? Good for the environment? Safe to eat? NIU’s STEM Café will address the topic, “Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St....
NASA image of the Space Shuttle Atlantis
Now that the space shuttles are museum pieces, what are NASA’s plans for future American spaceflight? NASA Solar System Ambassador Joel Knapper will reveal the current and future plans to get Americans back into space, exploring the universe at NIU’s next STEM Café, “The Future for American Manned Spaceflight,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday,...
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Good news for people who want to keep the environment clean, but don’t have time to put on hip waders and restore wetlands and prairies: Materials scientists are creating cleaner, greener products that can help you help the planet. Join NIU STEM Outreach at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, when its popular STEM Café series...
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Imagine a TV screen made of flexible material that you can roll up and put in your pocket. Picture tiny robots coursing through veins to target cancers without damaging healthy cells. This isn’t a remake of “The Fantastic Voyage,” it is the future of nanotechnology, a field of materials science that is transforming the way...
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