PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Satellites play big roles in modern life. Some look downward to monitor environmental conditions on Earth. Others look outward in search of major solar flares that can disrupt the transmission of electrical power to homes and businesses. Some spy on our enemies. Others relay communications around the globe. But all of these million-dollar marvels of technology can be knocked out...
13:00 PM, May 22, 2015
Space, Technology & Engineering
Readability Score: 7.2
You are full of bugs.No, not cockroaches and ants. These bugs are tiny, single-celled bacteria you can’t see. They blanket your skin. They also fill your stomach, intestines, lungs and mouth.In fact, roughly 100 trillion of these microscopic critters live in (and on) the human body. A typical person contains only about 37 trillion human cells. In other words, bacteria might outnumber human cells...
07:15 AM, May 22, 2015
Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Animals, Brain & Behavior
Readability Score: 7.0
To accompany feature: The bugs within usSCIENCEBefore reading:1. Bacteria live everywhere. Where would you expect to find especially large numbers of them in your home?2. Research the roles bacteria and other microbes play in making these food products: beer, cheese, bread, pickles and yogurt.During reading:1. By cell count, are you mostly human or bacterial? How about by mass?2. What...
07:00 AM, May 22, 2015
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Forensics-heavy shows such as NCIS, Bones and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation show science and technology solving seemingly impossible crimes. One regular viewer of such shows decided to take her fandom to the next level — the lab. Brynn Myers did her own forensics tests to find which popular cleaner can truly get rid of dried blood. The Missouri 16-year-old showed that when you...
16:06 PM, May 21, 2015
Readability Score: 6.7
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Cell phone use and texting are increasingly common, especially among teens. And that could be a problem. Texting affects learning and performing on tests, a new study finds. On average, students who responded to texts while working got lower scores. This trend held even for teens who felt they could multitask effectively.Many students think that multitasking has no effect on how...
13:00 PM, May 21, 2015
Brain & Behavior
Readability Score: 8.0
The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse and beginning in 1998 with Intel, SSP has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.You are eligible...
11:38 AM, May 21, 2015
The secret behind the world’s largest seed is leaves that serve as good gutters. During rains, they channel lots of water and nutrients right to the plant’s thirsty roots.Coco-de-mer palms (Lodoicea maldivica) produce these monster nuts, which are a type of seed. The biggest can tip the scales at up to 18 kilograms (roughly 40 pounds). That’s about as much as a 4-year-old boy. Yet the palm...
07:00 AM, May 21, 2015
Readability Score: 6.1
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The roof of a house can get pretty hot in the summer. Even if there is an insulated attic below, some of that heat can work its way into the living space. That can make air conditioners work harder and pump up electricity bills. But a thin, paint-like coating could help keep roofs cooler, a teen researcher finds. And in urban areas, widespread use of her new roofing treatment...
12:59 PM, May 20, 2015
Materials Science, Technology & Engineering
Readability Score: 7.2
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After a week of sharing their science, learning, facing intimidating judges and even having a few parties, the teens at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finished their trip in style with a grand awards ceremony.Intel ISEF was created by Society for Science & the Public and sponsored by Intel. It has been bringing young scientists together from around the...
12:52 PM, May 20, 2015
Readability Score: 8.5
Sleep can restore memories in forgetful fruit flies, new data show. This raises hope that some extra ZZZs might also help people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.For a series of new experiments, researchers altered the genes of fruit flies. This caused various types of memory problems in the bugs. But the flies could get their memories back. All they needed was some solid...
07:00 AM, May 20, 2015
Body & Health, Animals, Genetics
Readability Score: 6.5