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  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Vector

    Vector (noun, “VEHK-tor”)In medicine, a vector is an organism that can spread disease between hosts. For instance, a mosquito is the vector for Zika.In research, scientists use vectors to transfer information from one organism to another. These vectors may be viruses — tiny infectious particles.In a sentenceIn medicine: To limit the spread of Zika, scientists are trying to control its vector —...
    07:00 AM, May 2, 2016
    Readability Score: 9.0
  • Doing Science

    STS gave 1942 finalist confidence to study engineering

    Carol Bauer, a Westinghouse Science Talent Search 1942 alumna, worked as an engineer, at a time when there were very few women in the sciences."At the time, it was a daring choice," she said. Her experience in Westinghouse STS gave her the confidence to study engineering — and it's paved the way for other women to follow.Today, she continues to encourage girls into STEM through the Tech Trek...
    07:00 AM, May 2, 2016
  • Key sugar for life on Earth could have formed in space

    An essential ingredient for life as we know it might have formed in space. Later, it might have rained down on a young Earth. That’s the finding of a new study.The ingredient is the simple sugar ribose (RY-bose). It is a crucial piece of the chemical machinery inside cells. This sugar can form when a blend of ices are blasted with ultraviolet radiation. That’s what Cornelia Meinert and her...
    07:00 AM, May 2, 2016 Astronomy, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Dwarf galaxy spawned heavy elements

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In the earliest universe, a violent event churned up a dwarf galaxy. This upheaval left a lasting mark on the stars that formed there. That’s what scientists concluded after finding traces of elements heavier than iron that had been left behind by that event.The dwarf galaxy where this occurred is called Reticulum II. “It might be the first time where we can distinctly...
    07:00 AM, May 1, 2016 Astronomy, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Doing Science

    'This nation has tremendous brilliance'

    On March 14, after tinkering at TechShop for Pi Day, the STS 2016 finalists gathered at dinner for the Intel Innovation speeches.Rosalind Hudnell, the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at Intel, called the finalists rockstars. She even snapped a photo during dinner and tweeted it."I still feel like an underachiever in this audience," Rosalind said.A room of real...
    07:00 AM, April 29, 2016
  • Pollen can become bee ‘junk food’ as CO2 rises

    Bees may soon need to supplement their diet with protein shakes of their own. Pollen normally provides their protein. But rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere have sapped pollen of its protein. That’s the finding of a new study.When a bee visits a flower, she may drink its nectar and collect its pollen. Nectar is like a sugar-shot of energy. Pollen, in contrast, offers long-...
    07:00 AM, April 29, 2016 Animals, Plants, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Questions for ‘Teen vaping soars’

    To accompany feature “Teen vaping soars past cigarette use” SCIENCEBefore Reading: 1.         Teens are experimenting with vaping. Give three reasons that might be propelling this trend.2.         Name three types of tobacco products that teens might try. List then in the order of popularity.During Reading: 1.     How many U.S. high school students used at least one tobacco product in 2015?2...
    07:00 AM, April 28, 2016 Classroom Questions
  • Teen vaping soars past cigarette use

    In 2013, nearly three times as many U.S. high school kids smoked as puffed on electronic cigarettes. Within two short years, that trend has reversed. Today, almost twice as many high school kids vape as smoke, a new study finds. Middle-school students have an even stronger preference for vaping over smoking.Tushar Singh works in the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control...
    07:00 AM, April 28, 2016 Body & Health
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Alumni Updates, Doing Science

    Seeing science happen

    David Letterman-style top ten lists, stickers and counterintuitive advice made for a lively visit to the National Institutes of Health during the Intel Science Talent Search finalists’ week in Washington, D.C. in March."I started as a young kid with a chemistry set, blowing stuff up," said NIH Director Francis Collins. He discussed the institute's history and goals.Francis told the finalists not...
    07:00 AM, April 27, 2016
  • This microbe thinks plastic is dinner

    Researchers have found a microbe that chows down on a major polluting plastic.People value this plastic because it can be made into stiff and strong fibers. This plastic also can be molded into semi-hard sheets. Because the material's name is such a mouthful, most people just refer to it as PET — for polyethylene terephthalate (Pahl-ee-ETH-eh-leen TEHR-eh-THAAL-ayt). It is the basis of polyester...
    07:00 AM, April 27, 2016 Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Environment & Pollution, Ecosystems
    Readability Score: 6.9

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