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  • FDA announces plans to regulate e-cigarettes and more

    Citing its concern for teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans on April 24 to regulate a new range of tobacco products. These include not only cigars and hookahs but also electronic cigarettes. The agency said it was prompted to take new measures as a way to keep these products out of the hands — and lungs — of youths.Recent studies have indicated that e-cigarette makers are...
    17:26 PM, April 24, 2014 Body & Health
  • Doing Science

    Help SSP improve our online experience

    Society for Science & the Public is looking for individuals attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014 (Intel ISEF) who would be willing to help us improve our Web products, including Science News and Science News for Students.Volunteers will receive a special Intel ISEF t-shirt and snacks for participating in our usability testing and conversations about Web products...
    16:05 PM, April 24, 2014
  • Heavenly research

    Most science fair projects are pretty down to Earth. Competing in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) requires going further. It is America’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. This year, four teens landed in the Intel STS finals on the basis of their truly-out-of-this-world research.Each probed some facet of astronomy. And all but one finished...
    10:28 AM, April 24, 2014 Young Scientists, Space
  • Wily bacteria create ‘zombie’ plants

    Here’s a case where the little guys win big. Some plant-infecting bacteria convert their host’s flowers into leaflike structures. Those leaves attract hungry sap-sucking insects that spread the bacteria. And the infected plant? Unable to make flowers, it cannot reproduce. It becomes a ‘zombie,’ living only to sustain its masters.Those bacteria are parasites. They live off of another species — the...
    08:16 AM, April 23, 2014 Plants, Microbes, Fungi & Algae
  • Dead star makes a lens for its companion

    View the videoAstronomers have discovered a unique pair of stars. One is sunlike in size. Around it orbits the tiny, but extremely dense core of a dead star. Yet what’s left of this dead star is so hot that the compact material glows white. As this white dwarf passes in front of its companion (as seen from Earth) every 88 days, its gravity magnifies light from the other star.This represents the...
    09:15 AM, April 22, 2014 Space, Light & Radiation
  • Doing Science

    Watch 2014 Intel STS finalist Soham Daga explain his research for the Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal Digits Blog interviewed 2014 Intel STS finalist, Soham Daga, who used Google Trends to predict mortgage delinquency more quickly than previous models. This is a great example of a student using known data sets for novel research. Watch the full interview on WSJ Digits Blog
    17:05 PM, April 21, 2014
  • One plus to wearing stripes

    Scientists have long wondered what benefit zebras might get from their fancy black-and-white coats. Those snazzy stripes may be most useful as protection from biting flies, a study now concludes.Biologists studied zebras and other closely related African animals. They tested five popular ideas about how the stripes might function. No evidence emerged to support most of these notions, Tim Caro...
    09:15 AM, April 21, 2014 Animals
  • Eureka! Lab

    A toy to visualize the body’s electricity

    Robijanto Soetedjo can’t stop playing with electricity. At work, this neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle studies the electrical properties of cells in our brains. At home, he has used his knowledge of electrophysiology to develop a new toy. This “Bioelectricity Toy Set,” allows kids to discover the electricity in their own bodies.Soetedjo nabbed second place and $25,000 in...
    09:00 AM, April 21, 2014
  • Loneliness can breed disease

    Feeling homesick, alone in a crowd or rejected after being chosen last for a team? Everyone now and then experiences a pang of loneliness. It’s painful, but not because we’re wimps. Loneliness can actually cause very real harm, research is showing.Like elephants, honeybees and flamingos, we are social animals, explains John Cacioppo. A psychologist at the University of Chicago, he studies human...
    08:09 AM, April 19, 2014 Brain & Behavior, Body & Health
  • Explainer: Tips for overcoming loneliness

    Teenagers are especially prone to loneliness. The good news: They generally bounce back from these negative emotions, explains Louise Hawkley. She’s a psychologist at the National Opinion Research Center in Chicago. Here, she shares some suggestions for speeding a recovery from loneliness. 1.   Reach out to others, but start small. A smile and a friendly greeting for the student behind you in...
    08:08 AM, April 19, 2014 Brain & Behavior, Body & Health

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