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fair?What do you think is the hardest part of doing a science project?
During reading:What does DCYSC stand for? What was the subject of Peter Borden's science project? What did Peter Borden learn from participating in several science fairs? Describe Joanna Guy's project. ...
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SCIENCE18:23 PM, December 7, 2011 Other
Before reading:What do you think happens at a science-themed competition? Can kids' science fair projects relate to current world events? If so, how?
During reading:How did the 2007 DCYSC participants create a fire tornado? How are kids judged at this competition? What was the theme at this year's DCYSC? What does Judge Jacobs mean when he says, "Just a slight change in...
When the Wright Brothers lifted off at Kitty Hawk in 1903, they flew a plane with two sets of wings, one below the other. Their feat went down in history as the first successful flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft.
New evidence suggests that dinosaurs may have beaten the Wright Brothers to the punch in coming up with a biplane design.
A fossil of a gliding dinosaur known as...
A new type of shrimplike crustacean has appeared in the Great Lakes, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
This tiny European mysid shrimp, about a half-inch long, could spell big problems for the Great Lakes, where it's just been spotted.Steven Pothoven, NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
These crustaceans, called mysid shrimp, normally live in rivers near the...Readability Score: 8.7
You may know of propane as the gas that fires up camp stoves or fuels outdoor grills.
Researchers have now found that microbes living under the ocean floor appear to produce propane and another gas called ethane. These microbes chew up ancient organic material, such as leaves and twigs buried in the sand, and they generate the gases as waste products.
That's a surprise. Scientists...Readability Score: 8.8
A spider's silk web is strong enough to snare insects, but usually too delicate to withstand harsh weather and the ravages of time. So, even though spiders have lived on Earth for millions of years, few of their webs have lasted that long.
Now, scientists have uncovered a clue to ancient spider life in a piece of fossilized tree resin (called amber) that is 110 million years old. The...
Erica David was 11 years old when she discovered the scientific wonders of snow. Now, when even the biggest blizzards strike her area, she'd rather be out measuring wind gusts than sipping cocoa by a fire.
"Some kids call me crazy," says Erica, a 16-year-old sophomore at Pinedale High School in Wyoming. "Days with 20-mile-per-hour winds are my favorite snow days."
Birds chirping. Waves crashing. Friends laughing. Teachers talking.
Sounds are a big part of life for people who can hear. But you probably don't spend much time thinking about what goes on inside your ears—or about how loud sounds might affect your hearing.
The roar of crashing waves is among the many natural sounds that we can experience.
A recent survey on MTV's Web site...Readability Score: 6.5
Astronomers have discovered a planet in the Milky Way galaxy that has three suns.
It's weird enough trying to imagine three suns in the sky at once. Scientists are having a hard time explaining how such a planet could exist in the first place.
In this illustration, an artist imagines what the view might be like if a newly discovered planet in a system containing three stars...