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  • Doing Science

    Experiencing President Obama's 'deep interest and genuine curiosity' in science

    The White House Science Fair, started by President Obama, acknowledges and celebrates young researchers by inviting them to present their STEM pursuits at the White House.The White House Science Fair shows "tremendous progress for the scientific community, in a society that showers primarily athletes with praise," said Raina Jain, who attended the first fair in 2010. Every year, several Society...
    07:00 AM, July 25, 2016
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Venomous

    Venomous (adjective, “VEH-nom-us”)This word describes animals that inject a poison. They may bite or sting. But they have to inject that toxin.In a sentence Scientists are using the venom from tarantulas to fight disease.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here)poison  A substance that causes sickness or death to an organism.poisonous  (In biology) An...
    07:00 AM, July 25, 2016
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • To teens, benefits are more persuasive than risks

    Adolescents can give their parents and teachers a scare. Many kids engage in street fights, binge on alcohol, take risks while driving and party late into the night with strangers. Teenagers simply tend to take more risks than adults — and brain scientists want to know why. A study offers new clues on why teens seem prone to taking costly chances or making unwise decisions.For young people, it...
    07:00 AM, July 25, 2016 Behavior, Body functions
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Parasites wormed their way into dino’s gut

    Inside the fossilized guts of a 77-million-year-old dinosaur, scientists have spotted a surprise. The dino’s stomach is crisscrossed with thin tunnels. These appear to be leftovers of the once-slimy trails of parasitic worms.Like ticks and fleas, these worms would have been parasites — biological hitchhikers that steal a meal from their host.These fossil worm tunnels are the first good evidence...
    07:00 AM, July 22, 2016 Fossils
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Why the knuckleball takes such a knucklehead path

    Knuckleballs baffle baseball hitters. These balls seem to swerve along their path unpredictably. A new study suggests a possible cause of the pitch’s erratic flight. It suggests that the ball experiences sudden changes in air resistance — or the force of drag — on a ball. The scientists describe this as a “drag crisis.”Scientists described their finding July 13 in the New Journal of Physics.Their...
    07:00 AM, July 21, 2016 Physics
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • That’s no moon: Earth’s tiny tagalong

    Earth has a newly discovered companion. It’s not another moon, though. Asteroid 2016 HO3 is a quasisatellite (KWAH-zee-SAT-uh-lyte). This space rock appears to orbit Earth. But that’s an illusion. It’s just looping around the sun and playing leapfrog with our planet.This temporary tagalong was discovered on April 27 in images from the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii. The asteroid’s orbit around...
    07:00 AM, July 20, 2016 Planets, Earth, Space
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Moral dilemma could limit appeal of driverless cars

    Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Such vehicles will make getting from one place to another safer and less stressful. They also could cut down on traffic, reduce pollution and limit accidents. But how should driverless cars handle emergencies? People disagree on the answer. And that might put the brakes on this technology, a new study reports.To understand the challenge, imagine a car...
    07:00 AM, July 19, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • Doing Science

    Bringing science to the classroom: Science News in High Schools

    Science News in High Schools is a unique program for teachers and students. It keeps educators up-to-date on the latest science through expert journalism. The magazine serves as a great resource for research and discussion. And the program comes with an Educator Guide to quickly integrate the magazine into the life of the classroom.Society for Science & the Public created Science News in High...
    07:00 AM, July 19, 2016
  • Current coral bleaching event is the longest known

    Coral reefs won’t be out of hot water for quite a while. These normally colorful undersea ecosystems are under increasing stress, mostly because of warming oceans. Now, researchers report that a global coral bleaching event began in June 2014. The longest on record, it has sapped the color out of vast areas of coral — and now threatens their health. The reefs affected cover a larger area than...
    07:00 AM, July 18, 2016 Animals, Algae & Fungi, Ecosystems, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Poisonous

    Poisonous (adjective, “POY-suh-nuss”)  In most uses, this word refers to something that can harm or kill an organism. But in biology, only some organisms that make a toxic substance are considered truly poisonous. To get that name, they must secrete the chemical passively. Then it just stays on or inside the organism until somebody — or something — eats it. Plants can be poisonous. So can animals...
    07:00 AM, July 18, 2016
    Readability Score: 8.6

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