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December 13, 2012

Originally posted on NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog:

Dictionary.com defines the term “Strange Bedfellows” as:

Unlikely companions or allies; often used in the phrase “politics makes strange bedfellows.”

We like to employ that very concept in our lab classes. For example:

  • What is the connection between Paracord, Lego blocks from Poland, clear plastic cups, onion roots, and microscopes? (Take our Cell Cycle class and find out!)
  • What do aspirin, red glitter, ammonia, washing soda, a micropipette, a Buchner funnel, and a head of red cabbage have in common? (Find out in our Young Scientist Intro to Biotech Tools class)
  • How are anthropology, saliva, and molecular biology combined in one class? (See our upcoming Salivary Amylase class in February)
  • And last, what does wood rot have to do with biofuels, medicines, toxic waste and gourmet cuisine? (Visit the Micro World Investigate Lab for a Thursday night class this Spring to find out)

The simple point we strive to make…

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