Signs that ancient Britons mummified their dead were kept under wraps — until now.The Bronze Age corpses had been buried at sites throughout Great Britain. Close inspection of their bones indicate the bodies had been intentionally mummified, a new study finds. The remains date to between about 4,200 and 2,750 years ago.Thomas Booth of the Natural History Museum in London and his colleagues...
07:00 AM, October 4, 2015
Readability Score: 8.2
On Friday, October 2, the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists arrived in Santa Clara, California. Their first stop was registration:Then they attended orientation, where Allie Stifel, Broadcom MASTERS program manager, told them more about what to expect in the coming week:Even the parents got in on the action, learning the Broadcom MASTERS cheer:After that, it was on to icebreaker and teambuilding...
14:02 PM, October 3, 2015
“Can we print a robot that can walk out of a printer?”That question almost sounds like a joke. But Hod Lipson wasn’t kidding around. Lipson is an engineer at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. And he issued that challenge earlier this year in the scientific journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. Lipson’s question has to do with an emerging technology called 4-D — or four-dimensional —...
07:15 AM, October 2, 2015
Technology & Engineering
Readability Score: 7.6
To accompany feature ‘How to print shape shifters’SCIENCEBefore reading:1. How would you build a robot? What kind of parts would you need? How might you get them to move on their own?2. What would be some advantages of having an object that could change its shape or color in response to changes in the environment?During reading:1. What is the difference between an object created...
07:00 AM, October 2, 2015
Following the crowd may not always be in a person’s best interest. But new research suggests that teens who go along with their friends may end up healthier as adults.Scientists have known that close friendships help boost health. Lonely people are more likely to get sick. That’s true for both teens and adults. And people who do their own thing, instead of giving in to peer pressure, may...
07:00 AM, October 1, 2015
Brain & Behavior, Body & Health
Readability Score: 7.3
Study hard. Get plenty of sleep. Eat a good breakfast. Each of these things can help students do their best on exams. Now scientists say another feature might also boost test scores: fresh air.Students in stuffier classrooms did worse on standardized tests than did students in buildings with fresher air, two new studies found. The effect was small. But in one of the studies, it held up even after...
07:00 AM, September 30, 2015
Environment & Pollution, Brain & Behavior
Readability Score: 7.7
In a few days, Broadcom Bear is hopping on a flight from Washington, DC to California for Society for Science and the Public’s 2015 Broadcom MASTERS competition! The top 30 young scientists and engineers from around the country will be arriving in Silicon Valley for a week-long experience that includes presenting their projects, hands-on team challenges, and visiting STEM institutions.In honor of...
04:30 AM, September 30, 2015
New data suggest that during parts of the year, water flows on Mars. Studies have found evidence that this Red Planet once had plenty of water — and that surface moisture or ice might still remain. But there was no evidence of actual flowing water. Until now.And even now, that evidence is still indirect.For some time, scientists have witnessed seasonal dark streaks. They appear etched onto some...
07:26 AM, September 29, 2015
Planets, Space, Chemistry
Readability Score: 6.6
Many of us know that bright light at night shifts our body clocks and make sleep elude us. One source of that night light: the screens of televisions, smartphones and other computers. Teens, especially, spend more time than they should staring at those screens. A new competition aims get the word out about light to middle school students by encouraging them develop their own research project on...
07:00 AM, September 29, 2015
Readability Score: 8.5
Urushiol (noun, “Yu-RU-shee-uhl”)This is a natural oil made by certain plants, such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Its contact with the skin can cause a nasty allergic reaction, with an itchy rash and blisters.In a sentence More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere might promote weeds such as poison ivy, and with it, more urushiol to make us itch.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(...
07:00 AM, September 28, 2015
Readability Score: 9.0