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Stories by Anna Kuchment

Ask Brian Greene Anything-Really

Tonight PBS airs the second of its four part series “Fabric of the Cosmos,” (9 pm ET/PT) based on the bestselling book by Columbia physicist and mathematician Brian Greene.

November 9, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

How Skulls Speak

New 3-D software is helping scientists identify the sex and ancestral origins of human remains with greater speed and precision

October 5, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

A Biology Teacher's Ode to Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, © BBC/Rolf Marriott. Molly Josephs, who teaches 5 th , 7 th and 9 th grade biology at The Dalton School in Manhattan, wrote to me recently about the educational value of nature films for kids...

September 22, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

The New, New Math: A Parent's Guide

Kindergarten counting bears There are big changes underway in how kids across the country are learning math. Forty-four states plus the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of standards that detail what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level, from Kindergarten through the end of high school...

September 6, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

A moth is born

Virginia Tiger Moth, shot by DaynaT via Flickr So, our caterpillar finally came out of its cocoon, and it’s a … beautiful white moth. To be specific, it's a Virginia Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which comes from the arctiidae family ( and are two useful sites for identifying bugs)...

August 8, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

A moth is born!

So, our caterpillar finally came out of its cacoon, and  it's a ... beautiful white moth. Surfing and, I tentatively identified it as a Virginia Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), which comes from the archtiidae family, and includes our caterpillar, which was likely a yellow woolly bear...

August 7, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

How to raise a science fair champ

The 15 Google Science Fair finalists Several Scientific American staffers recently flew out to Mountain View, Calif. for the culmination of Google’s first annual science fair.

July 27, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

Adopting a Caterpillar, and other adventures

For the past few weeks, my daughter and I have been immersed in a common childhood ritual: observing the lifecycle of a caterpillar. Unlike many families, though, we didn’t get the caterpillar from a mail-order kit...

July 13, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
A Hub for Kids and Science

A Hub for Kids and Science

Hello, and welcome to Budding Scientist. This is an exciting time for anyone concerned about the quality of science education in the United States.

July 5, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

July 2011 Advances: Additional resources

The Advances section of Scientific American 's July issue chronicles tree-saving tortoises, the largest spider fossil ever discovered, an update on the hunt for dark matter, and many other developments...

June 24, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
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