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  • Broadcom MASTERS 2015

    Snapshot of the Broadcom MASTERS 2015Samueli Foundation Prize: Annie OstojicMarconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: Sebastian MellenScience Award1st Place: Maximilian Du 2nd Place: Hannah CevascoTechnology Award 1st Place: Manasa (Hari) Bhimaraju 2nd Place: Anusha ZamanEngineering Award1st Place: Avery P. Clowes 2nd Place: Soyoun ChoiMathematics Award1st Place: David Yue 2nd Place: Madison A....
    17:19 PM, October 8, 2015
  • Trio gets chemistry Nobel for figuring out DNA repair

    On October 7, three scientists won the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their studies of DNA repair. They identified the molecular repair kits. Cells use these to fix damaged DNA.Tomas Lindahl is a researcher at the Francis Crick Institute in Potters Bar, England. Paul Modrich is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. Aziz Sancar...
    11:46 AM, October 8, 2015 Chemistry, Genetics
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Store-receipt chemicals taint blood and urine

    Handling cash-register receipts may cost extra — at least in terms of health risks, a new study suggests.Receipt paper might look like any other. But it’s often coated with chemicals that change color when the paper is exposed to heat. That chemical trick makes it possible to print receipts without using ink. One such color-change chemical often used in receipt paper is called bisphenol A (Bis-...
    07:00 AM, October 8, 2015 Environment & Pollution, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.5
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    Teen invents a better tent to beat fire’s heat

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— Wildfires can be deadly for firefighters. When the flames come too close and escape is impossible, firefighters may need to shelter in place. That’s why they carry portable flame shields with them. They douse these with water and then huddle under them to escape the flames. But right now, these shelters don’t offer enough protection. In 2013, despite such shelters, the Yarnell...
    07:00 AM, October 8, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Particles that zip through matter snare Nobel

    Every moment, you are being bombarded by particles that can pass invisibly through almost any matter. They even move through you. But no worries: They cause no harm. Called neutrinos, the particles are smaller than atoms. And they are so light that scientists long believed they carry no mass at all. For finding that neutrinos do have mass, two physicists won the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics on  ...
    11:50 AM, October 7, 2015 Physics
    Readability Score: 8.4
  • 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
  • Eureka! Lab

    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

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