Some people use gray matter as a slang term to mean intelligence or brains. Gray matter is in fact real, one of the two major types of tissues making up the brain. White matter is the other type. Like superhighways, its big bundles of nerve fibers connect different regions of gray matter. And like traffic, important messages travel along the white matter from one part of the brain to another. A...
09:00 AM, March 7, 2014
Brain & Behavior
CHICAGO — The deepest parts of the ocean are one of the planet’s last frontiers. Its ecosystem is Earth’s largest — and one of the least studied. Despite its many unknowns, the seafloor holds incredible promise as a source of many natural resources, including valuable metals. As the scramble for those resources speeds up, scientists are helping to create guidelines and laws that will allow this...
09:00 AM, February 21, 2014
Earth, Environment & Pollution, Technology & Engineering
Harassment GenerallySSP prohibits harassment of any kind against any student, volunteer, or employee by an Adult, another student, volunteer, SSP employee or third party for any reason including, but not limited to: age, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ancestry and/or veteran status. Harassment includes but is not limited to slurs,...
12:18 PM, February 20, 2014
Completing Your Abstract OnlineStudents who have been chosen to compete at Intel ISEF must upload an abstract of their research during the online entry process. After review and approval by the Intel ISEF SRC, it becomes the Official Abstract and Certification for Intel ISEF 2014.Please recognize the importance of this summary of your project and take the time to review it for completeness and...
12:13 PM, February 20, 2014
Crocodiles lack feet or toes that are well-adapted for climbing. But that doesn’t keep them out of the trees. Indeed, how well many crocs climb trees is surprising scientists.Although living crocs are considered largely aquatic animals, some paleontology reports had suggested ancient croc relatives might be able to climb trees. A new report finds that at least four species of living crocodiles...
09:00 AM, February 19, 2014
CHICAGO— Every year, thousands of spills release crude oil into the ocean. Some spills are tiny. Others can be huge. A new study now finds that wherever it occurs, that oil pollution may harm fish. In new tests, oil impaired the activity of structures in the cells of fish hearts. Those changes crippled the organized pitter-patter of an animal’s heartbeats.Researchers already knew that oil...
11:24 AM, February 14, 2014
Environment & Pollution
Science fairs can leave parents scrambling for project ideas. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Francisco, Calif., decided not to go with any of the ideas on popular science fair websites. She thought outside the box and came up with a fun idea that let her sons combine science with their love of video games.At first, Gunter says, she and her twin 10-year-old sons “looked at a...
15:47 PM, February 6, 2014
In the middle of Egypt’s Sinai Desert stands a huge fortress. Its walls reach 18 meters (60 feet) high and enclose St. Catherine’s monastery. It is home to the world’s longest continuously operated library. For more than 1,500 years, monks have cared for the library’s priceless books and manuscripts.The library is very remote. Surrounded by bare, brown mountains, it once took weeks by camel to...
09:30 AM, January 31, 2014
Physics, Light & Radiation, Technology & Engineering
This week I had the opportunity to interview Johanna Varner. Johanna is a graduate student at the University of Utah. She studies pikas, small furry mammals related to rabbits, and how they respond to climate change. As part of her project, she is working with middle school students and other volunteers to monitor pikas and their behavior. This is a great opportunity to hear about her career so...
15:27 PM, January 23, 2014
Many teens question how much chemistry really matters in their daily lives. Now, the Public Broadcasting System, or PBS, offers educators one compelling answer. A new show in the network’s American Experience series highlights the role chemistry plays in life — and death. Called “The Poisoner’s Handbook," this story offers up murder, corruption, heroes and more than a few molecular shenanigans....
15:38 PM, January 7, 2014