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  • Robo-roach squeezes through tight spaces

    Cluttered terrain won’t block this cockroach-bot. Its sleek, rounded shell lets the new six-legged robot scurry through tight spaces.Known as a robo-roach, it’s short and squat. It sort of resembles a clunky smartphone with legs. Such a bulky body poses few problems when trekking over flat surfaces. But it can get stuck when it travels between upright features. Bots tend to bump into these...
    07:00 AM, July 7, 2015 Computers & Electronics, Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.3
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    Brotherly bonding: From Broadcom MASTERS to Intel ISEF

    Sibling rivalries can step aside for this sibling success story. Brothers Shashank and Shishir Dholakia, from Santa Clara, CA, started as 2012 Broadcom MASTERS finalists in their middle school years and were proud to come home from this year’s Intel ISEF with a pocketful of award money and an all-expense paid trip to CERN.During the Intel ISEF Special Awards Ceremony, the brothers also won the...
    08:30 AM, July 6, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists say: Zoonosis

    Zoonosis(noun, “Zoh-WAH-no-sis” or “ZOH-wuh-NO-sis”, plural, zoonoses “Zoh-WAH-no-sees” or “ZOH-wuh-NO-sees”)Any disease that is originally found in an animal that then spreads to people. These illnesses can come from dogs, birds, bats and other animal species. Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is a zoonosis. So are some kinds of influenza.In a sentence Ebola is a zoonosis that may move...
    07:00 AM, July 6, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • The heat that keeps on giving

    Thousands of power plants around the world burn coal, oil or natural gas. The combustion of these fossil fuels generates heat. That heat is used to make electricity. When burned, fossil fuels also release carbon dioxide (CO2). In the atmosphere, this invisible gas traps heat that otherwise would escape into space, warming the planet. This indirect heating does much more to warm Earth — and that...
    07:00 AM, July 6, 2015 Environment & Pollution, Weather & Climate, Earth
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • DNA in ivory pinpoints elephant poaching hot spots

    Elephants in Africa have been dying by the thousands. Poachers kill the animals for the ivory that makes up their tusks. That ivory is then smuggled around the world. Tracing the origin of the illegal ivory has been hard — until now.A new study reveals the slaughter of elephants is concentrated in just two regions: central and southeastern Africa. The evidence comes from DNA extracted from the...
    07:20 AM, July 2, 2015 Genetics, Animals
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • This battery stretches without losing oomph

    It’s no stretch to say that batteries won’t continue to be rigid and blocky forever. Engineers inspired by Japanese paper craft have designed a battery that can expand to 150 percent of its original length. The battery can power a computerized watch known as a smart watch even as it flexes.“Any kind of portable or wearable system would benefit” from such a stretchable battery, says John Rogers....
    07:00 AM, July 1, 2015 Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Eureka! Lab

    Taking chicken off the grill and into the lab

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Most summer cookouts probably don’t lead to a science project. But for Courtney Stump, 17, a little grilled chicken turned into a lot of time in the lab.“I was at a friend’s house in Montana over the summer,” recalls the teen, a rising senior at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash. “I was grilling chicken for about 20 people, and I remembered my freshman-year biology...
    07:00 AM, July 1, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Many of Earth’s groundwater basins are drying out

    Around the world, large reservoirs of fresh water lie hidden underground. These groundwater basins are like banks. Water can be deposited, stored or withdrawn.Now, changes in climate and human water usage are emptying those reservoirs, a new study finds. And it's happening at an alarming rate. Of Earth’s 37 largest groundwater basins, 21 lose more water each year than they gain. Details appear in...
    07:00 AM, June 30, 2015 Sustainability, Earth
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Doing Science

    SSP alumni take on the World Science Festival

    Unsuprisingly, our alumni take on the world. Sometimes, they're invited to take part in the World Science Festival as well. On May 31, 2015, four SSP alumni presented their research at the Ultimate Science Street Fair in New York City. The Intel ISEF and Intel STS alumni who participated were Harry Paul (Intel ISEF 2014, Intel STS 2014 semifinalist), Eswar Anandapadmanaban (Intel ISEF 2015, Intel...
    04:30 AM, June 30, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Carcinogen

    Carcinogen (noun, “car-SIN-oh-gen”)This is any agent that can cause cancer. This disease involves the uncontrolled growth of cells in the body. Carcinogens can be chemicals such as benzene, which is found in cigarette smoke. They can also be radioactive elements, such as plutonium. Even some electromagnetic waves, such as X-rays, can cause cancer. These agents can damage DNA — the instruction...
    07:30 AM, June 29, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.0

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