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  • Cooking up a Broadcom win

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— After more than two years of working to improve the microwave oven, Annie Ostojic knows how to cook up good science. Those efforts have paid off. On October 6, she won a $25,000 educational award for her overall scientific skills, her ability to work with others — oh yeah, and one tasty science fair project.The 13-year-old from Munster, Ind., designed a better shape for the home...
    10:35 AM, October 7, 2015 Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Friends’ good moods can be contagious

    The flu, measles and other infectious diseases can be contagious. They can spread through social groups as people transmit germs to one another. Some people have wondered if the mental illness known as depression also spreads through social networks. It doesn’t, a new study finds.Edward Hill was part of a research team that investigated how, if at all, teens’ moods and attitudes affect the mental...
    07:00 AM, October 7, 2015 Brain & Behavior, Mathematics
    Readability Score: 7.5
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    Student devises test to catch cheaters

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — No one likes a cheater. Evelyn Bodoni, 13, certainly doesn’t. But when she saw academic dishonesty and complained, her teachers said they couldn’t take action. They only had Evelyn’s word that there was a problem. They needed more evidence. So the teen took this as a challenge. She developed a research project to test how likely students were to cheat — and under what...
    07:00 AM, October 7, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.2
  • Doing Science

    Winners of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS announced

    On October 6, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top winners of the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.Broadcom Foundation and SSP also announced first and second place winners in each of the STEM categories, Rising Stars, and a Team Award. In addition,...
    00:33 AM, October 7, 2015
  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS Challenges with TeachBiotech

    The Broadcom MASTERS finalists participated in team challenges with TeachBiotech at Santa Clara University on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4. Challenges included testing samples and  investigating possible sources of GMO contamination, diagnosing a mystery patient using blood glucose, and building a suspension bridge.For more photos from Broadcom MASTERS, follow us on Facebook or on Twitter,...
    14:57 PM, October 6, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    My favorite field of science is…

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— This week, 30 middle-school students and high-school freshmen met here for the 2015 competition known as Broadcom MASTERS (for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). It is an annual competition where middle and early high school students share their winning middle-school science-fair projects and inventions with the public.Broadcom MASTERS was...
    10:54 AM, October 6, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Nobel goes for developing drugs from nature

    On October 5, the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology was awarded to three scientists who developed drugs that have saved the lives of millions of people around the world. The winners will share prize money worth $958,000. Two worked on a drug to combat infections due to tiny insect-borne worms. The third discovered a drug to treat malaria.Each medicine was based on chemicals made by...
    07:04 AM, October 6, 2015 Body & Health, Microbes, Fungi & Algae
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Sperm whales’ clicks suggest the animals have culture

    Sperm whales love to chitchat. They talk to each other in clicks. Now, scientists say, those clicks hold hints that the whales have culture.Explainer: What is a whale? Culture is a way of life passed on from generation to generation through learning. “There’s a lot of debate if culture is exclusive to humans or if you can find it in animals, too,” says Maurício Cantor. He is a biologist at Canada...
    07:00 AM, October 6, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS Challenges at Marine Science Institute

    Each year, Broadcom MASTERS finalists are placed into teams and spend several days competing with other teams in a series of hands-on challenges. On Sunday, October 4, finalists spent the morning on a research vessel run by the Marine Science Institute. Challenges hosted by the Institute included a plankton station, benthic station, ichthyology station, and a biomimicry activity.For more photos...
    04:00 AM, October 6, 2015
  • Doing Science

    Alumni gather at Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase

    More than 100 Society for Science & the Public alumni, family, and friends attended the alumni reception held during the Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase on Saturday, October 3. Attendees had the chance to snack and mingle with each other, before being welcomed by Michele Glidden, Chief Program Officer, and Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society and getting a...
    19:46 PM, October 5, 2015

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