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  • Chikungunya wings its way north — on mosquitoes

    A crippling virus has escaped Africa and Asia. Now it’s invading other continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. The virus, carried by mosquitoes, causes chikungunya (Chihk-uhn-GUHN-yuh) fever. And in just 10 years, it has gone from an obscure tropical disease to a worldwide threat. So far it has caused more than 3 million infections around the globe. The virus recently took...
    07:15 AM, September 4, 2015 Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Questions for ‘Chikungunya virus wings its way north’

    To accompany feature 'Chikungunya virus wings its way north.’SCIENCEBefore Reading:1.    Name at least two infectious diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes.2.    How would you attempt to keep from picking up a mosquito-borne disease if it was emerging in your area?During Reading:1.    Chikungunya is a mouthful. What does it mean in the tribal language that named this disease?2.    What are...
    07:00 AM, September 4, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Doing Science

    Intel ISEF alumna spreads the power of STEM

    After competing at Intel ISEF 2013 and 2014, Olivia Sheppard spread the wonder of STEM to more than 300 New York middle school students at schools and science museums around her state.Olivia presented to 350 students from a diverse mix of rural, urban, private, and public schools and locations in New York, including the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, Cato Middle School, Skaneateles...
    04:30 AM, September 4, 2015
  • Stephen Hawking says his group has solved a black hole puzzle

    Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous living physicist, thinks he has solved a mystery. It’s one that has puzzled scientists for more than 40 years: What happens to information about matter as it falls into a black hole?Black holes are regions in space that contain huge amounts of matter. All that mass is packed together very tightly. The result is that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that...
    07:00 AM, September 3, 2015 Light & Radiation, Astronomy, Physics
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Doing Science

    Finalists of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS

    On September 2, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the selection of 30 students as finalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS - the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.Finalists hail from 14 states  — including first time representation from Michigan. California had the most...
    11:48 AM, September 2, 2015
  • Boa constrictors stop their victims’ hearts

    Boa constrictors don’t suffocate their prey so much as break their hearts. A new study finds that these snakes kill like demon blood-pressure cuffs. They squeeze down blood circulation until it stops. Without blood delivering fresh oxygen, the heart, and brain starve.This means that the idea boa constrictors slay by preventing their prey from breathing is just plain wrong.Scott Boback emphasizes...
    07:00 AM, September 2, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

    Most plants make their own food. However, some — known as parasites — live by mooching off of others. New research offers surprising insight into how these freeloaders find their hosts. And figuring out how to thwart their tactics might help save our lunch. The new data, for instance, may show farmers how they might protect crops such as rice and beans, which can fall prey to such energy-robbing...
    07:00 AM, September 1, 2015 Plants, Genetics, Agriculture
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • News Brief: Stress may break diet willpower

    You’re cramming for a test, worried about a band tryout or at risk of not finishing up some big class project on time. This is stress. And you realize it is hard to hold off eating a doughnut or dish of ice cream. That junk food looks oh so good. It can be hard to help reaching for it. And a new Swiss study now suggests why.Indeed, the study finds, your brain may be conspiring against you. In...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015 Food & Nutrition, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Torque

    Torque (noun, “TORK”)In physics, this is a force that causes something to twist or turn around an axis. Pulling a wrench produces torque. This force turns a screw, causing it to tighten.In a sentence In a car, an engine produces energy that is translated to torque at the wheels, causing the wheels to turn.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here)torque   A...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Doing Science

    Introducing: Scientists Say

     Scientists Say (noun, “SIGH-en-tists Sae”)This is a new weekly feature from our science inspiration blog, Eureka! Lab. Every week, science education writer Bethany Brookshire highlights a new science word, from allele to zoonosis. Each word has a definition and is used in a sentence to help you understand the meaning. There’s even an audio recording, so you can hear exactly how to pronounce the...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.4

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