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  • This door handle kills germs

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Diseases spread in many ways. An infected person can cough or sneeze on someone nearby. Or, they can transfer germs through a handshake. But sometimes we pick up germs indirectly. A sick person might leave behind bacteria or viruses when they touch a doorknob, handrail, shopping cart handle or countertop. Anyone else who touches that surface may pick up the microbes. But what if...
    07:00 AM, May 27, 2015 Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Intel ISEF 2015

    Top Winners from 2015Gordon E. Moore Award Winner of $75,000 Raymond Wang, 17, of Vancouver, Canada Aircraft Cabin Airflow: Curbing Disease TransmissionIntel Foundation Young Scientist Awards - $50,000 eachNicole Ticea, 16, of Vancouver, CanadaLow-Cost Disposable Device for Point-of-Care Nucleic Acid Testing of HIV: Sample-to-Answer in 60 Minutes for Less than $5.00Karan Jerath, 18, of...
    14:55 PM, May 26, 2015
  • Doing Science

    A Lecture with 1963 alumnus Michio Kaku

    Carolyn Carson, SSP’s new Alumni Coordinator, is occasionally given the opportunity to do some seriously cool things.One such thing happened earlier this month, when she got to go to Pittsburgh to hear a lecture through Robert Morris University’s Pittsburgh Speaker Series given by Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York and an alumnus of SSP’s 1963...
    12:36 PM, May 26, 2015
  • Asteroids boiled young Earth’s oceans

    It didn’t take long for early life on Earth to get into hot water. Very hot water.Evidence from ancient rocks suggests that asteroids slammed into our planet around 3.3 billion years ago. The impacts would have released huge amounts of energy. So much energy that this heat baked the skies and boiled the oceans.These dramatic events would have shaped the evolution of early life, says Donald Lowe....
    07:00 AM, May 26, 2015 Planets, Earth, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.6
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    Scientists Say: Taphonomy

    Taphonomy  (noun, “Ta-FAHN-oh-mee”)The study of what happens to an organism’s body after death. Scientists may examine how bacteria, fungi and insects break down an animal’s body, or how a dead organism might become a fossil over time.In a sentenceStudying taphonomy can reveal how bacteria help to preserve a dead body.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here...
    07:00 AM, May 25, 2015
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • This is no cold fish!

    /*-->*/ Fish as a rule stay the temperature of the water around them. Not the opah. As it hunts in the ocean’s dark depths, this fish keeps much of its body distinctly warmer than the frigid water around it. That makes this species the closest of any fish to the warm-bloodedness typical of birds and mammals.The opah (Lampris guttatus) is about the size of a car tire and almost as round. That...
    07:00 AM, May 24, 2015 Animals, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Collecting trash in space

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Satellites play big roles in modern life. Some look downward to monitor environmental conditions on Earth. Others look outward in search of major solar flares that can disrupt the transmission of electrical power to homes and businesses. Some spy on our enemies. Others relay communications around the globe. But all of these million-dollar marvels of technology can be knocked out...
    13:00 PM, May 22, 2015 Space, Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • The bugs within us

    You are full of bugs.No, not cockroaches and ants. These bugs are tiny, single-celled bacteria you can’t see. They blanket your skin. They also fill your stomach, intestines, lungs and mouth.In fact, roughly 100 trillion of these microscopic critters live in (and on) the human body. A typical person contains only about 37 trillion human cells. In other words, bacteria might outnumber human cells...
    07:15 AM, May 22, 2015 Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Animals, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Questions for ‘The bugs within us’

    To accompany feature: The bugs within usSCIENCEBefore reading:1.    Bacteria live everywhere. Where would you expect to find especially large numbers of them in your home?2.    Research the roles bacteria and other microbes play in making these food products: beer, cheese, bread, pickles and yogurt.During reading:1.    By cell count, are you mostly human or bacterial? How about by mass?2.    What...
    07:00 AM, May 22, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Eureka! Lab

    The science of getting away with murder

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Forensics-heavy shows such as NCIS, Bones and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation show science and technology solving seemingly impossible crimes. One regular viewer of such shows decided to take her fandom to the next level — the lab. Brynn Myers did her own forensics tests to find which popular cleaner can truly get rid of dried blood. The Missouri 16-year-old showed that when you...
    16:06 PM, May 21, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.7

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