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  • Fighting big farm pollution with a tiny plant

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Sometimes a tap water ban can prove a scientific wakeup call.

    When Toledo, Ohio told its residents not to drink tap water in 2014, Julia Hunckler, 17, took notice. This Marian High School junior lived across the state line in Mishawaka, Ind. The Ohio ban was due to toxins in Lake Erie. A summer bloom of algae had tainted the lake, which was used as a source of drinking...

    07:00 AM, June 15, 2016 Environment, Young Scientists, Algae & Fungi, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 6.2
  • Common water pollutants hurt freshwater organisms

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — People are constantly releasing new pollutants into the watery environment. Some may be bits of plastic we can see. Others may be chemicals that wash down the drain or get flushed down the toilet. We may not see those chemicals, but three teens have shown that some polluting wastes can harm freshwater organisms, such as water fleas. But even these can play important roles in...

    12:00 PM, May 19, 2016 Environment, Pollution, Ecosystems, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Snakes go dark to soak in the sun

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — In the southern United States, snakes can be vibrant and bright. In the North, they tend to be dark and drab. A dark coat may seem a bit depressing. It may, however, help northern snakes soak up heat from the sun more quickly than their southern kin, a teen finds. And a quick solar heating could prove an advantage in colder climes.

    Gianna Fantell, 15, presented the...

    07:00 AM, May 18, 2016 Animals, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

    A group of ants can move objects many times larger and heavier than themselves. This ability inspired a team of researchers to develop small robots that can do the same thing. The team created 29-millimeter (1.1-inch) long robots that can get a firm grip on the ground. In tests, six of the ‘bots have just worked together to tow a full-size car.

    They didn't move the car quickly. To haul...

    07:00 AM, April 19, 2016 Robotics, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Teen scientists win big for health and environmental-cleanup research

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — When life hands people problems, many try to find a way around them. But this year, the three top winners of the 75th annual Intel Science Talent Search (STS) tackled head on the problems they saw in the world. One designed a way to clean polluted streams. Another developed a way to detect lung problems. A third found new targets for treating cancer.

    Until a year ago,...

    23:40 PM, March 15, 2016 Young Scientists, Science Education
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Cooking up a Broadcom win

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— After more than two years of working to improve the microwave oven, Annie Ostojic knows how to cook up good science. Those efforts have paid off. On October 6, she won a $25,000 educational award for her overall scientific skills, her ability to work with others — oh yeah, and one tasty science fair project.

    The 13-year-old from Munster, Ind., designed a better shape...

    10:35 AM, October 7, 2015 Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Bake your way to your next science project!

    This step-by-step series from Bethany Brookshire and the Eureka! Lab blog explains how anyone can do research in science (or engineering) and do it right. The experiments here may feature cookies, but the same steps apply whether you’re interested in making a plane fly further, developing a safer pesticide or studying changes in the night sky. All the directions are delivered in bite-size...

    11:00 AM, July 31, 2015 Young Scientists
  • Radios: Build your own!

    You’ve probably listened to music or sports on the radio. Teenage and tween-age researchers from around the world did more than just listen to the radio, this past May. They built one!

    All were middle-school delegates to the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS International  program. To be chosen, each had earlier exhibited an outstanding research project in science, technology, engineering or...

    07:00 AM, July 28, 2015 Computers & Electronics, Physics, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Inspired minds: Role models come from across the globe

    Innovation can change a city, a country and even the world. It’s something even many teens and tweens appreciate. In May, two dozen of them from around the world shared stories about the people who had inspired them to dive into research.

    These young researchers were all delegates to the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS International program. These students had previously completed outstanding...

    07:00 AM, July 21, 2015 Young Scientists, Technology
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • These young scientists are passionate about tech and math

    When it came to creating her own computer game, 13-year-old Kristyna Bednářová started from Scratch.

    Scratch is a free computer programming language created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Students around the world — including Kristyna, who lives in the Czech Republic — use the MIT language to create games, stories and animations. “I call it ‘School to Play,’”...

    07:00 AM, July 14, 2015 Young Scientists, Computers & Electronics, Mathematics, Science Education
    Readability Score: 7.3

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