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  • 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 Water can be deposited, stored or withdrawn.Now, changes in climate and human water usage are emptying those reservoirs, a new study finds.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
  • Teen finds exoplanet

    A student in England may be the youngest person ever to find a planet.Tom Wagg discovered the planet orbiting a star far beyond our solar system. He was just starting a weeklong internship at a local university. “I got trained on the first day and found it on the second,” he tells Science News for Students.Wagg’s planet is for now named WASP-142b. It is an extrasolar planet, or exoplanet. These...
    07:00 AM, June 29, 2015 Space, Planets, Young Scientists, Astronomy
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • New ways to flight the flu

    You go to bed feeling fine. The next morning you’re sick with a fever, exhaustion, headache, body aches and more.You may have influenza, better known as the flu. It’s caused by a virus, a tiny bit of genetic material surrounded by a protein. Flu viruses infect the nose, throat and lungs. (If people claim to have “stomach flu,” they are mistaken. They really have some other infection.)Every year,...
    07:15 AM, June 26, 2015 Body & Health, Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Genetics
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Questions for ‘New ways to fight the flu’

    To accompany feature: New ways to flight the fluSCIENCEBefore reading:1.    Have you ever had the flu? Describe your symptoms. How did you treat your illness?2.    Have you ever gotten a flu shot? How do you think it works to protect people?During reading:1.    What numbers does the story provide to suggest influenza is a serious disease?2.    Explain the difference between an epidemic and a...
    07:00 AM, June 26, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Pacific hurricanes to strengthen as Earth warms

    In tropical regions around the world, huge storms form over warm ocean waters. These swirling monstrosities have different names. In the Atlantic, they’re known as hurricanes. In the Pacific, they’re called typhoons or tropical cyclones. These storms can cause massive damage when they travel over land. New research now predicts that typhoons in the Pacific will become even more destructive. That...
    07:00 AM, June 25, 2015 Weather & Climate, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Eureka! Lab

    This “sun” dress mixes fashion and science

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Many people probably don’t think of fashion and science as having a lot in common. That didn’t stop Allison Clausius from bringing the two together. Allison, 18, created a futuristic dress that can electrify a fashion runway — and charge a phone.The senior at Sylvania Southview High School in Ohio got her scientific start during a summer internship at the nearby University of...
    07:30 AM, June 24, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • More dinosaur bones yield traces of blood, soft tissue

    Scientists studying dinosaur evolution are finding many more bones to pick.Researchers from London have found hints of blood and fibrous tissue in a hodgepodge of 75-million-year-old dinosaur bones. These fossils had been poorly preserved. That now suggests residues of soft tissues may be more common in dino bones than scientists had thought. Details appeared June 9 in Nature Communications....
    07:00 AM, June 24, 2015 Animals, Cells, Dinosaurs & Fossils
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Fundraising Resources

    Fundraising 101: A Beginner's Guide to Fundraising for Your FairDate held: Monday, May 11, 2015Presented by: Intel ISEF Advisory Council Fundraising Committee (Kathleen Bethel, Chair; Nancy Besley; Trace Bowen; Cathy Hayman)Description: Want to find better financial support for your local or regional fair, but don’t know how to get started? We can help! We have been in your shoes and will give...
    13:25 PM, June 23, 2015

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