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Judy Dutton and Mark Denny

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:00pm


Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to.

Whether throwing a well aimed rock, shooting an arrow at a bulls eye, or taking aim with a cannon at a fortress, if you want to hit your target,  it’s all about ballistics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk one again with MARK DENNY, physicist and prolific writer, about his new book THEIR ARROWS WILL DARKEN THE SKY: THE EVOLUTION AND SCIENCE OF BALLISTICS. Tonight, we talk about the earliest black powder weapons, Matchlocks, Flintlocks, cannons and carronades and how these weapons changed how wars were fought.

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