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  • Pain relief could come from a ‘drugstore’ for cells

    One of the worst kinds of pain might be chronic type caused by damaged nerves. It can last a long time. And there aren’t many treatments for it. But there is one treatment that helps in mice. And scientists now think they finally may understand how it works.For the treatment, scientists extract cells from the bone marrow of mice. These cells are then injected into the spinal cord of a mouse with...
    07:00 AM, July 29, 2015 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 6.7
  • Doing Science

    Take a trip down memory lane: The 1943 Science Talent Search

    By Carolyn Carson, Alumni Coordinator for Society for Science & the PublicBefore I became SSP’s Alumni Coordinator, I studied history at Georgetown University. Even now, there’s still something about old, dusty files full of correspondence or ephemera that makes me feel all warm and tingly.Which is why I was so thrilled to receive this scrapbook in the mail.Compiled by Dr. Robert E. Palombi (...
    04:30 AM, July 29, 2015
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    Fall into science with a new podcast

    Interested in science? Now you can channel it directly to your ears with a podcast called the Tumble Podcast, a smart series of science stories to pique your curiosity. The scientists you meet here will teach you plenty as they tell you about the research they love.A podcast is a digital audio or video series. You can download them from the Internet to your computer or smartphone, or listen to it...
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Radios: Build your own!

    You’ve probably listened to music or sports on the radio. Teenage and tween-age researchers from around the world did more than just listen to the radio, this past May. They built one!All were middle-school delegates to the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS International  program. To be chosen, each had earlier exhibited an outstanding research project in science, technology, engineering or mathematics....
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2015 Computers & Electronics, Physics, Young Scientists
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Bacteria become source of ‘greener’ blue jeans

    They come bleached and boot cut, stonewashed and straight-leg. But what most jeans aren’t is green. And we’re not talking about their hue here.Blue jeans get their signature color from indigo, a dye. Producing that indigo releases chemicals that can pollute water and harm fish. That’s prompted scientists to seek cleaner — as in “greener” — methods. One new approach turns bacteria into micro-...
    07:00 AM, July 27, 2015 Chemistry, Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Plants
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Exoplanet

    Exoplanet (noun, “EX-o-plan-eht”)A planet orbiting a star outside of our solar system. Planets are celestial objects that orbit stars. They are big enough to have cleared other objects from their path as they whirl around their sun. Planets also are dense enough that gravity will have squashed them into roundish balls. But while we call the big, round objects orbiting our sun planets, exoplanets...
    07:00 AM, July 27, 2015
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Doing Science

    SSP alumni: Let us know your college plans

    Are you an alumnus of one or more of SSP's educational compeitions (Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Broadcom MASTERS) who will be attending college as a freshman this fall?Even though you have graduated from high school, you’re still an important member of SSP’s community, and we hope you will continue to be involved in the Society.Please fill out...
    10:11 AM, July 24, 2015
  • Explainer: Correlation, causation, coincidence and more

    Eating more mozzarella cheese shouldn’t make engineering schools hand out more diplomas. Yet between 2000 and 2009, the more mozzarella that Americans downed, the more doctorates in civil engineering that U.S. universities awarded. Over a 10-year period, as levels of one went up, so did the other. The two showed a strong positive correlation. Yet almost certainly this happened by coincidence. One...
    07:15 AM, July 24, 2015 Mathematics, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • To protect kids, get the lead out!

    Lead is a toxic heavy metal. That’s why, about 40 years ago, U.S. companies were ordered to stop adding lead to paints and gasoline. Unfortunately, plenty of this toxic metal still pollutes the environment. Worse, it also is poisoning hundreds of thousands of American children. Now a study shows the steep price these kids can pay. Even a little bit of lead can seriously harm their performance on...
    07:15 AM, July 24, 2015 Brain & Behavior, Environment & Pollution
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Questions for “Get the lead out!”

    To accompany feature "Get the lead out!"SCIENCEBefore reading:1.    What is the scientific abbreviation for lead? What Latin word is the source of its abbreviation?2.    What does toxic mean?During reading:1.    To what products was lead once added as an ingredient?2.    How pervasive is lead poisoning?3.    Explain how lead harms the brain.4.    Why are infants and toddlers especially vulnerable...
    07:00 AM, July 24, 2015 Classroom Questions

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