Toward the end of the last ice age, hunter-gatherers briefly occupied a cave in Britain. This was some 14,700 years ago. The cave community butchered and ate horses, deer — and at least six people.The cannibalism took place in what’s now called Gough’s Cave. It was part of some burial rite, reports a team of anthropologists who have studied the area.Three adults, two teens and a 3-year-old made...
07:00 AM, May 3, 2015
Ancient Times, Dinosaurs & Fossils
Readability Score: 7.7
HELLLOOO! LOOH. Looh. looh.If you have ever heard an echo, you’ll be familiar with the basic principle behind three similar technologies: radar, sonar and lidar.An echo is the reflection of sound waves off of some distant object. If you shout in a canyon, the sound waves travel through the air, bounce off the rocky walls and then come back to you.Sonar (SO-nahr) is the most similar to this...
07:15 AM, May 1, 2015
Technology & Engineering
Readability Score: 7.8
In the ancient Maya city of Caracol, map-making can be treacherous. Jungles shroud this site in the Central American nation of Belize. Dense shrubs stand taller than a person’s head. They hide ruins that otherwise would be obvious. To reveal the city, archeologists must hack through the growth, using sharp blades called machetes. They step carefully to avoid critters like the fer-de-lance, a...
07:15 AM, May 1, 2015
Technology & Engineering, Ancient Times
Readability Score: 7.5
SCIENCEBefore reading:1. Brainstorm with a partner, making a list of technologies that can be useful for making maps.2. How can an entire city become lost in time?During reading:1. Why is the Caracol site so difficult to explore and map?2. What is lidar?3. Explain what researchers fired 4 billion times into the jungle.4. List some of the features revealed by lidar at Caracol.5...
07:00 AM, May 1, 2015
On Thursday, April 16, SSP staff had the opportunity to reconnect with science education program alumni currently studying or working at Johns Hopkins University. The trip began with a stop at the JHU Undergraduate Research Day to see some of the work of our impressive alumni on display. Gregory Kunar, a three-time Intel ISEF finalist (Intel ISEF 2012-2014) greeted the SSP alumni team and...
04:30 AM, May 1, 2015
Thank you for volunteering to support the Intel ISEF 2015 Education Outreach Program! Below you can find training materials for the activity "When Invasives Attack!" When Invasives Attack! Program BookletTraining VideosPart A: Overview Part B: Lesson Overview & TrainingPart C: Introduction to Invasives SpeciesPart D: Plankton IdentificationPart E: Water ChemistryPart F: BiodiversityPart G:...
14:15 PM, April 30, 2015
The world is full of disgusting things. Parasites come squirming out of people’s feet. Sea cucumbers vomit up their guts. But the repulsive also can fascinate us and introduce us to important aspects of science. And that’s the idea behind the new YouTube series “Gross Science.”“When I was a kid, gross things were what got me inspired about science,” says show host Anna Rothschild. She is a...
13:00 PM, April 30, 2015
Readability Score: 7.6
Giving people a longer warning about the expected path of incoming severe weather — such as tornadoes — sounds like a great idea. But people don’t always use the extra time to act wisely, new research shows. Sometimes they do the opposite.And that worries scientists.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Severe Storms Laboratory is developing a new alert. Called Warn-on-Forecast,...
07:00 AM, April 30, 2015
Weather & Climate, Brain & Behavior
Readability Score: 7.4
On April 25, a major earthquake devastated Nepal. The shaking collapsed buildings, triggered avalanches and killed at least 5,000 people.Unfortunately, the magnitude-7.8 quake won’t be the last to hit this region of southern Asia. Even larger quakes could strike to the west, scientists warn. The same goes for east of Nepal, in nearby Bhutan.Earthquakes happen along fractures in Earth’s crust,...
11:00 AM, April 29, 2015
Readability Score: 6.6
Frankensaurus did exist. But don’t worry — this sharp-clawed dino was a vegetarian.Bones found in South America reveal a bizarre new dinosaur. Based on an ancestry that links it to Tyrannosaurus rex, this reptile should have been a meat eater. Instead, it preferred plants. Researchers described the new species April 27 in Nature.Its genus name — Chilesaurus — reflects that it was found in what’s...
07:00 AM, April 29, 2015
Dinosaurs & Fossils
Readability Score: 8.0