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  • Doing Science

    ProjectCSGIRLS: Helping girls find their place in computer science

    Anyone can look around and spot a problem. It takes courage and gumption to use that realization to spark a change. Intel STS 2015 semifinalist Pooja Chandrashekar did just that. While still in high school, she launched ProjectCSGIRLS, a national nonprofit organization that aims to teach and inspire middle school girls to go into tech fields.Pooja shared her journey with us: How did you get...
    04:30 AM, August 5, 2015
  • New math: Fail + try again = real learning

    Last year, I took an improvisational comedy class in a successful attempt to stretch my comfort zone and to have fun. One of the first things our teacher, Myles Goldin, told us to do whenever anyone made a mistake during an exercise was to throw our hands high in the air and yell, “Wahoo!” Within a couple of minutes of starting our first game — essentially, speed-catch with several invisible...
    07:00 AM, August 4, 2015 Science Education, Teaching Science
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Cyclone

    AUDIOScientists Say: Cyclone. You may know these storms as hurricanes or typhoons, but both are types of tropical cyclones. These are storms that rotate around a central point, with strong winds that move at more than 119 kilometers — or 74 miles — an hour. They also usually unleash heavy rains. We call these hurricanes in the north Atlantic Ocean and typhoons in the north Pacific. But throughout...
    07:00 AM, August 3, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Soccer: Watch out for collisions!

    The biggest rule in soccer: no using arms and hands. So as a ball sails through the air, the easiest way a player may have to change the ball’s direction is by using his or her head. Those “headers,” however, can cause concussions, a type of brain injury.Several sports organizations support banning headers from soccer games played by younger athletes — those not yet in high school. But...
    07:00 AM, August 3, 2015 Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • Questions for 'Gender: When the body and brain disagree'

    To accompany feature: Gender: When the body and brain disagreeSCIENCEBefore Reading:1.      Research the definitions for a) biological sex; and b) gender identity. Are the two terms interchangeable? Why or why not?2.      How important is it to feel comfortable in one’s own identity?During Reading:1.      What changed in Zoë MacGregor’s life beginning around age 9?2.      Provide some examples of...
    13:23 PM, July 31, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Gender: When the body and brain disagree

    First of two partsIn November 2014, Zoë MacGregor celebrated her 13th birthday. Like any teen might, she invited a friend to her house for a sleepover. They ordered pizza, had brownies and ice cream for dessert, then watched a movie.The Seattle-native’s journey to becoming a teen had been very different from that of many of her friends, however. Until she was 9, the girl had lived as Ian — a boy....
    11:18 AM, July 31, 2015 Brain & Behavior, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Explainer: Sometimes the body mixes up male and female

    Boys and girls are different. It seems so obvious. Yet some medical conditions may cause some of those differences to become confused. And then telling apart boys from girls can prove challenging.It’s one measure of how complex human biology is.When it comes to whether someone looks like a boy or girl, hormones clearly run the show. For instance, a newborn girl’s genitals may appear somewhat or...
    11:18 AM, July 31, 2015 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.7
  • Explainer: Male-female flexibility in animals

    People tend to describe materials that can bend and be easily transformed as plastic. Most of those materials are made from polymers, often created from fossil fuels. But even behaviors can bend and morph. In that sense, these too can be considered plastic.Paul Vasey works at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. As a comparative psychologist, he studies behaviors in animals. And he’s...
    11:17 AM, July 31, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • Sugar makes mice sleepy

    Many parents think their kids become hyperactive after eating candy or other sweets. But sugar may actually cause drowsiness, not hyperactivity. That’s the conclusion of a new study in mice.“We all experience this strong feeling of sleepiness after a very large meal,” says Christophe Varin. As a neuroscientist at Lyon Neuroscience Research Center and ESPCI ParisTech in France, he studies the...
    07:00 AM, July 30, 2015 Food & Nutrition, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Eureka! Lab

    Cookie Science 18: Eating it up

    After many hours in the kitchen, my project is done. I baked more than 500 cookies in the name of science. Over several months, I gathered more than 100 people to eat them. I ran statistics and later made posters to display my results. But the real test of my success would only come from one very special judge. That’s Natalie, the woman who inspired my experiments. And she’s just sent word that...
    07:00 AM, July 30, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.5

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