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SSP's newest science education website is a one-stop shop for helping students learn, conduct independent research and take part in the world's top science competitions. 
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A success for designer life
Synthetic biologists are scientists who create custom organisms in the lab. Their efforts have just taken a big step forward. They have created the first lab-made yeast chromosome. The advance could...
By Stephen Ornes, 09:14 AM April 15, 2014
Filter lets in only the right light
Scientists have built a light filter that only permits light coming from one desired angle to pass through. Built from alternating layers of transparent materials, it could help minimize the glare in...
By Stephen Ornes, 09:25 AM April 14, 2014
Sea otters picked up swine flu
A new study finds that large numbers of sea otters off of the U.S. Pacific coast have been exposed to the ‘pandemic’ type of this killer virus.
By Janet Raloff, 15:45 PM April 11, 2014
A ‘wedding ring’ in space
An unusually circular gas remnant of a dead star appears behind a star that’s still burning bright. When viewed from Earth, the pair resembles a sparkling diamond ring.
By Christopher Crockett, 08:03 AM April 10, 2014
When a species can’t stand the heat
When temperatures rise, New Zealand’s tuatara produce more males. With global warming, that could leave the ancient reptile species with too few females to avoid going extinct.
By Cristy Gelling, 07:52 AM April 9, 2014

Intel STS 2014 Top Winners Announced

Eric Chen of San Diego, CA wins top award of $100,000

Eric S. Chen, 17, of San Diego, CA won the top award of $100,000 at the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 for his research of potential new drugs to treat influenza. His interdisciplinary approach combined computer modeling with structural studies and biological validation, with a focus on drugs that inhibit endonuclease.

Second place and $75,000 went to Kevin Lee of Irvine, CA who developed a faster and computationally efficient mathematical model to describe the shape of the heart as it beats using the principles of fluid mechanics.

Third place and $50,000 went to William Henry Kuszmaul of Lexington, MA, who developed a new approach to the mathematics of modular enumeration with applications to a wide number of problems in computer science, bioinformatics and computational biology.

Read the press release for more information about the top ten winners!


The national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors.  Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.
The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.

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