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  • Plant ‘vampires’ lay in wait

    Most plants make their own food. However, some — known as parasites — live by mooching off of others. New research offers surprising insight into how these freeloaders find their hosts. And figuring out how to thwart their tactics might help save our lunch. The new data, for instance, may show farmers how they might protect crops such as rice and beans, which can fall prey to such energy-robbing...
    07:00 AM, September 1, 2015 Plants, Genetics, Agriculture
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • News Brief: Stress may break diet willpower

    You’re cramming for a test, worried about a band tryout or at risk of not finishing up some big class project on time. This is stress. And you realize it is hard to hold off eating a doughnut or dish of ice cream. That junk food looks oh so good. It can be hard to help reaching for it. And a new Swiss study now suggests why.Indeed, the study finds, your brain may be conspiring against you. In...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015 Food & Nutrition, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 6.0
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    Scientists Say: Torque

    Torque (noun, “TORK”)In physics, this is a force that causes something to twist or turn around an axis. Pulling a wrench produces torque. This force turns a screw, causing it to tighten.In a sentence In a car, an engine produces energy that is translated to torque at the wheels, causing the wheels to turn.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here)torque   A...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Doing Science

    Introducing: Scientists Say

     Scientists Say (noun, “SIGH-en-tists Sae”)This is a new weekly feature from our science inspiration blog, Eureka! Lab. Every week, science education writer Bethany Brookshire highlights a new science word, from allele to zoonosis. Each word has a definition and is used in a sentence to help you understand the meaning. There’s even an audio recording, so you can hear exactly how to pronounce the...
    07:00 AM, August 31, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Doing Science

    Bilingual Black Belt Inventors

    The 2015 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists include an award-winning ballerina for the AVA Ballet Company, black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do, an app creator, and an eighth-grade intern at a Yale computer science lab.Our semifinalists are bilingual, apply for patents, spend time volunteering, swim competitively, create origami, and sing acapella. Some of the semifinalists plan to donate their...
    04:00 AM, August 30, 2015
  • Nanosilver: Naughty or nice?

    Silver is beautiful — and a killer. The shiny white metal is a natural antibiotic. That means it kills bacteria. People have recognized this benefit since ancient times. Wealthy Romans ate using knives, forks and spoons made of silver. They understood that silver helped keep spoiled food from making them sick. In fact, historians think that is how we came to call eating utensils "silverware."...
    07:15 AM, August 28, 2015 Pollution, Chemistry, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Questions for ‘Nanosilver: Naughty or nice?’

    To accompany feature  ‘Nanosilver: Naughty or nice?’SCIENCEBefore reading:1.   Scientists, engineers, artisans and health professionals can all silver for different purposes. Name three types of applications for which they might rely on silver. During reading:1.    What are some of the biological qualities of silver?2.    How did the Romans likely learn about silver’s antibiotic effect?3.    In...
    07:00 AM, August 28, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS alum fights national crisis at summer camp

    Fighting national crises and diagnosing critically ill patients- all in a summer's work for Broadcom MASTERS 2014 finalist Daniel Bruce. Daniel, a California resident, was nominated for Broadcom MASTERS twice. Seizing the opportunity, he applied the first year and received recognition as a semifinalist. One year later, he applied again-- his persistence paid off, and in October 2014 Daniel joined...
    09:13 AM, August 27, 2015
  • Beliefs about global warming vary by country

    Where you live can have a big effect on what you believe about global warming and other aspects of climate change. That’s the finding of a new study.In 2007 and 2008, a Gallup World Poll surveyed people in 119 countries. That survey covered a range of issues. A group of scientists has now analyzed how people had responded to two of the questions: How much do you know about global warming, and how...
    07:00 AM, August 27, 2015 Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • DNA: Our ancient ancestors had lots more

    The DNA of our human ancestors looked very different almost 2 million years ago, before they migrated out of Africa. That’s the conclusion of a new study. It mapped a range of differences, or diversity, in the human genome. This genome is the complete DNA instruction book present in nearly every human cell.DNA is a long ladder-like molecule. Each of its rungs consists of two chemicals called...
    07:00 AM, August 26, 2015 Body & Health, Genetics, Food & Nutrition
    Readability Score: 7.5

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