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  • Wolves beat dogs at problem-solving test

    Humans may be a bad influence on their best friends — at least when it comes to problem-solving. In a task that wasn’t very tough, wolves outperformed dogs. All any of the animals had to do was tug the lid off of a food container.Monique Udell studies animal behavior at Oregon State University in Corvallis. In recent tests, canine were given a closed, plastic storage box containing a sausage...
    07:00 AM, October 12, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 7.5
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    Scientists Say: Xylem

    Xylem (noun, “ZY-lem”)This is the part of a plant that transports water and some nutrients. Forming long tubes called vessels, the xylem brings water from the roots to the rest of the plant. In trees, this can mean water flows hundreds of feet upward. The water is pulled up the xylem by transpirational pull. As water is lost as vapor to the air from the leaves , the plant pulls even more water up...
    07:00 AM, October 12, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.0
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    Broadcom MASTERS Challenges at the Computer History Museum

    On Monday, October 5, Broadcom MASTERS finalists got a chance to participate in hands-on team challenges at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Challenges included "Problems and Projects with Pi," where students built their own computers and "Charles Babbage and the Trouble with Tables," where students investigated logarithms and physically mapped an area uses basic tools....
    04:30 AM, October 12, 2015
  • News Brief: People shed clouds of tell-tale germs

    Everyone’s storing things in the cloud these days — including, apparently, their own personal germs.Bacteria that live in and on people form a unique microbial cloud surrounding each of us. This mist spreads through the air. Eventually, bits of it will settle onto nearby surfaces. Sampling the air for evidence of this cloud can be used to identify if someone is in a room. Because the makeup of...
    07:00 AM, October 11, 2015 Environment & Pollution, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Cool Jobs: Finding new uses for nature’s poisons

    This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible with generous support from Alcoa Foundation.If poison dart frogs are what they eat, then the colorful amphibians are definitely poison.A toxin is a poisonous substance produced by a living thing. Certain species of plants, fungi and animals may produce toxins. So can bacteria. (When a toxin is...
    07:15 AM, October 9, 2015 Animals, Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Questions for ‘Finding new uses for nature’s poisons’

    To accompany feature "Finding new uses for nature’s poisons"SCIENCEBefore reading:1.    Name three plants, animals or other organisms that are poisonous. What would happen if you touched that organism? What would happen if you ate it?2.    Why would an organism like a flower or a frog be poisonous? What types of benefits would the poison offer the organism?During reading:1.    Where do poison...
    07:00 AM, October 9, 2015 Classroom Questions
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    Society alumni honored as 2015 Davidson Fellows

    Twenty young scientists, mathematicians, creative writers, and musicians gathered in the rotunda of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on September 29 for the fifteenth annual Davidson Fellows reception. The fellows received $10,000 to $50,000 scholarships from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Twelve of the recipients are Society for Science & the...
    04:30 AM, October 9, 2015
  • 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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