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  • 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
  • Studying? Don’t answer that text!

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Cell phone use and texting are increasingly common, especially among teens. And that could be a problem. Texting affects learning and performing on tests, a new study finds. On average, students who responded to texts while working got lower scores. This trend held even for teens who felt they could multitask effectively.Many students think that multitasking has no effect on how...
    13:00 PM, May 21, 2015 Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Doing Science

    Apply Now to the Intel Science Talent Search 2016

    The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.You are eligible...
    11:38 AM, May 21, 2015
  • Picture This: The world’s biggest seed

    The secret behind the world’s largest seed is leaves that serve as good gutters. During rains, they channel lots of water and nutrients right to the plant’s thirsty roots.Coco-de-mer palms (Lodoicea maldivica) produce these monster nuts, which are a type of seed. The biggest can tip the scales at up to 18 kilograms (roughly 40 pounds). That’s about as much as a 4-year-old boy. Yet the palm...
    07:00 AM, May 21, 2015 Plants
    Readability Score: 6.1
  • Keeping roofs cooler to cut energy costs

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The roof of a house can get pretty hot in the summer. Even if there is an insulated attic below, some of that heat can work its way into the living space. That can make air conditioners work harder and pump up electricity bills. But a thin, paint-like coating could help keep roofs cooler, a teen researcher finds. And in urban areas, widespread use of her new roofing treatment...
    12:59 PM, May 20, 2015 Materials Science, Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Eureka! Lab

    Intel International Science and Engineering Fair concludes with awards ceremony

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After a week of sharing their science, learning, facing intimidating judges and even having a few parties, the teens at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finished their trip in style with a grand awards ceremony.Intel ISEF was created by Society for Science & the Public and sponsored by Intel. It has been bringing young scientists together from around the...
    12:52 PM, May 20, 2015
    Readability Score: 8.5
  • Catching ZZZs may retrieve lost memories

    Sleep can restore memories in forgetful fruit flies, new data show. This raises hope that some extra ZZZs might also help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.For a series of new experiments, researchers altered the genes of fruit flies. This caused various types of memory problems in the bugs. But the flies could get their memories back. All they needed was some solid...
    07:00 AM, May 20, 2015 Body & Health, Animals, Genetics
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Teens want to make windshield wipers obsolete

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Windshield wipers are a key part of a vehicle’s safety equipment. They sweep raindrops and snowflakes off the glass so drivers can clearly see the road, pedestrians and more. But one day high-speed flows of air from well-placed nozzles might prevent precipitation from ever striking the windshield. Indeed, that’s the idea behind a new technology designed by a pair of 16-year-old...
    13:00 PM, May 19, 2015 Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Pesticides offer bees a risky allure

    Bees flit from flower to flower dining on nectar. Sometimes that nectar may contain traces of widely used pesticides. Yet the bees are unlikely to know which nectar is tainted. Indeed, they can’t taste these pesticides, a new study finds. However, the pesticides are similar to nicotine. This can encourage the bees to come back for more. And especially troubing: A second new study suggests the...
    07:01 AM, May 19, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Eureka! Lab

    Teen finds more graphic heroines are ‘super’

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Many people like to use comics to discuss science. All over the Internet, you can find articles explaining the physics behind Thor’s hammer or what real-life X-Men might be like. But one teen scientist decided to apply science to comics. Her research probed how women are portrayed in comics. And over time, women in the Marvel comic books are more often portrayed as equal to men...
    07:00 AM, May 19, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.1

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