In the Spotlight
What A Year!—What A Year! highlights the people who discover things. This site features a science breakthrough each month and gives some information about the people behind it. Teams of people may work for months or years to advance a piece of knowledge; they depend on the people who came before; they help the people who come later. Investigate the exciting stories behind these important discoveries.
Get Excited About Science!—See the true story of Rocket Boys of NIH who dreamed of building rockets and found a way to pursue their dream. There are lots of dreams to pursue in science! You can figure out a way to get involved in science—talk to your parents, talk to teachers, check at local museums, talk to scientists.
Terrific Science Flu Vaccine—With news stories about flu and vaccines in the media daily, kids (plus parents and teachers) need ways to learn the facts without fear, and have some fun doing it. These resources will help you find out more about the causes of seasonal and H1N1 flu and how to prevent the spread of these viruses.
No color additives have been approved for injection into the skin—even though tattoo parlors often claim that the pigments in their inks are “FDA-approved.” Learn more about How Safe Color Additives Are.
It is not possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk. An egg needs a temperature of 158°F to become firm. Learn more on the Library of Congress website.
Why does hair turn gray? Gray hair comes about because there is a reduction of pigment. Hair is white. It gets its color from a type of pigment called melanin. Learn more on the Library of Congress website.