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  • Warming’s role in extreme weather

    Devastatingly hot weather. Torrential downpours. Scientists have long suspected that global warming can cause extreme weather events. Now experts have numbers to support that idea.Climate change is to blame for about 3 out of every 4 major spikes in daily temperature. The same goes for nearly 1 in 5 exceptionally heavy rainfalls and other bouts of extreme precipitation. That’s the finding of a...
    07:00 AM, May 6, 2015 Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Cosmic rays offer clues about lightning

    Particles from space are helping unlock a mystery on Earth: What causes lightning?The particles are called cosmic rays. But they aren’t truly rays. Instead, they are very high-energy particles. The explosion of stars creates many of these particles, which are mainly protons.Traveling at nearly the speed of light, cosmic rays rain down on Earth from all directions. Occasionally they strike atoms...
    07:00 AM, May 5, 2015 Weather & Climate, Physics, Astronomy
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Doing Science

    One year later: Broadcom MASTERS International 2014 delegate update

     With Broadcom MASTERS International just around the corner, we asked last year’s delegates how their week in Los Angeles affected them. This year, the program will be run in Pittsburgh, where the excitement for science will really be brought to life!Shai Grizek, 2014 delegate from Beer Sheva, Israel told us that he knows he wants to pursue a career in science.  Broadcom MASTERS International was...
    09:48 AM, May 4, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Fracking

     Fracking (noun, “FRAAH-king”)Fracking is the short word for hydraulic fracturing. It is a technique used to get oil and natural gas from rock, usually from a type of rock called shale. Over millions of years, natural gas or petroleum can build up between layers of shale rock. To get at this energy source, engineers drill deep roles into the rock. Then, they pump in liquid at very high pressure....
    07:00 AM, May 4, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Injected nanoparticles treat internal wounds

    Ka-boom! An exploding bomb knocks a soldier to the ground. From the outside, she doesn’t look hurt. But when the shock wave from the blast tore through her body, it left her fragile lungs bleeding. She needs quick treatment to survive. One day, though, an injection of tiny, wound-seeking particles might save the life of troops injured like this in combat.The microscopic tools are called...
    07:00 AM, May 4, 2015 Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Ritual cannibalism occurred in Stone Age England

    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
  • Explainer: What are lidar, radar and sonar?

    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
  • Laser vision reveals hidden worlds

    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
  • QUESTIONS for Laser Vision Reveals Hidden Worlds

    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 Classroom Questions
  • Doing Science

    Reconnecting with SSP alumni at Johns Hopkins University

    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

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