Janet Raloff's Articles
Fall marks the beginning of a new school year — and some big changes for a publication you’ve come to trust. After more than a decade, Science News for Kids has a new name: Science News for Students. That change reflects our site’s increasing commitment to developing resources that mesh with the curricula and the needs of today’s schools. The website has also undergone a visual transformation as it moves into a shared online space with its parent publication, Science News, and its parent organization, Society for Science & the Public.
- Crude oil comes in conventional and unconventional types.
With dramatic red-and-cream stripes and long, broad fans of feathery spines, red lionfish are popular among people with saltwater aquariums. But if released into the wild outside of their native Asia, these beauties can become bad news for the environment. That is certainly proving true in American waters, where the poison-spined fish are spreading rapidly.
A few aquarium specimens got loose a little more than 20 years ago. Since then, the marauders have been multiplying rapidly in Atlantic waters — and eating nearly every fish species in their path.
- On May 31, 55-year-old Tim Samaras died chasing tornadoes.