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  • Eureka! Lab

    Intel STS finalist uses math to help the blind

    Most kids who are interested in programming might try to build an app or a game. Alec Arshavsky, 17, started out building apps, but realized he wasn’t satisfied. “You can create apps that help someone find a restaurant,” he says, “but how much impact does that have?” He decided he wanted to “write code that actually changes people lives.”The senior at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill,...
    11:52 AM, March 18, 2014
  • Memory lessons from a forgetful brain

    In 1953, a brain surgeon accidentally took away Henry Molaison’s ability to make new memories. The patient was only 27 years old. But Molaison’s loss became a major gain for science. For the rest of his life, this man — long referred to only as H.M. — donated much of his time to scientists. He wanted them to learn from his tragedy. When Molaison died in 2008, he donated his brain to science. And...
    08:35 AM, February 3, 2014 Brain & Behavior
  • Eureka! Lab

    Sizing up the Kuiper belt

    In the wee hours of May 4, 2013, small groups of people from northern California to the southern end of Nevada gathered around 14 telescopes. Some were high school students, some were amateur astronomers and some were just interested in space. All shared the same goal: to carefully watch one particular star — and record if and when it briefly disappeared.These stargazers were recruited by RECON,...
    09:00 AM, January 21, 2014
  • Salt bends the rules of chemistry

    Oh salt, we thought you followed the rules. Now we find you sometimes break them — dramatically. Indeed, scientists have just used this cooking staple to bend the conventional rules of chemistry.“This is a new chapter of chemistry,” Artem Oganov told Science News. A chemist at Stony Brook University in New York, Oganov worked on the salt study that shows some of chemistry’s rules are flexible....
    09:30 AM, January 9, 2014 Chemistry
  • HIV: Reversing a death sentence

    In 2010, a U.S. family — the Howertons — adopted 5-year-old Duzi from South Africa. At 8, the boy now dances hip-hop and plays so many sports that his mom, Jodie, can hardly keep track. In nearly every way, he is a normal, active third-grader.Earlier this year, however, the Howertons decided to share a secret. Duzi (DEW zee) had been born with HIV. It’s the virus that causes acquired immune...
    17:56 PM, November 25, 2013 Body & Health
  • Eureka! Lab

    Interview: On doing science and bringing others in

    This week I had the chance to interview postdoctoral researcher Caleph Wilson. Dr. Wilson is a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He studies how to help the immune system fight off infections like human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, and diseases like cancer. In his free time, Caleph is part of the National Science and Technology News Service, a site...
    08:20 AM, November 22, 2013
  • Eureka! Lab

    Do-it-yourself microscope inventor aims to bring science to the people

    Almost half a million people have looked at Kenji Yoshino’s instructions for making a microscope. Using only a smartphone, a laser pointer and some bits of plastic and wood, Yoshino can build a microscope that can magnify things up to 325 times, all for only $10. You can see individual salt crystals, plant cells and much, much more. While my own rendition of the do-it-yourself microscope didn’t...
    16:57 PM, November 18, 2013
  • Eureka! Lab

    A 3-D printer in every classroom

    When you look at a 3-D printer, you get the feeling that the future is here. A printer that could make anything? Who ever thought we would have a machine like that! Now, we have 3-D printers that can fit on your desk. One of these machines is the MakerBot. The MakerBot is a machine that takes patterns from your computer and lays down a series of layers, forming a three-dimensional, or 3-D, object...
    16:10 PM, November 14, 2013
  • Doing Science

    Join SSP in Los Angeles for Intel ISEF 2014!

    Volunteers are wanted for this year’s Intel ISEF competition in Los Angeles, California!Between judging, interpreting, or helping out as a general event volunteer, there is always something to do to support science, technology, engineering, and math students during this week-long event.More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to judge projects in 17 scientific disciplines. Grand Award Judges commit...
    17:25 PM, October 31, 2013
  • Vampires’ gift of ‘blood honey’

    Going as a vampire for Halloween? To be truly “authentic,” you might want to pee a lot. And often. That’s what vampire bats do, explains Gerald Carter. A bat ecologist, he works at the University of Maryland, in College Park. There he manages a small colony of the blood diners, studying their feeding behaviors.To get a decent meal, bats must drink a lot. But blood is mostly water. So to extract...
    08:53 AM, October 27, 2013 Animals

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