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Stories by Anna Kuchment

This Year, Give Them Brains

Each year we poll scientists and educators on ideas for books, puzzles and toys that foster inquiry. This season's picks range from a top that never stops spinning to a build-it-yourself skull...

November 25, 2011 — 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

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
Questions for the Itch Doctor

Questions for the Itch Doctor

The head of a new center that focuses on itch explains the sensation's biological roots and what we still don't know about it

July 9, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
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