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  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS Challenges with TeachBiotech

    The Broadcom MASTERS finalists participated in team challenges with TeachBiotech at Santa Clara University on the afternoon of Sunday, October 4. Challenges included testing samples and  investigating possible sources of GMO contamination, diagnosing a mystery patient using blood glucose, and building a suspension bridge.For more photos from Broadcom MASTERS, follow us on Facebook or on Twitter,...
    14:57 PM, October 6, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    My favorite field of science is…

    SAN JOSE, Calif.— This week, 30 middle-school students and high-school freshmen met here for the 2015 competition known as Broadcom MASTERS (for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). It is an annual competition where middle and early high school students share their winning middle-school science-fair projects and inventions with the public.Broadcom MASTERS was...
    10:54 AM, October 6, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Nobel goes for developing drugs from nature

    On October 5, the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology was awarded to three scientists who developed drugs that have saved the lives of millions of people around the world. The winners will share prize money worth $958,000. Two worked on a drug to combat infections due to tiny insect-borne worms. The third discovered a drug to treat malaria.Each medicine was based on chemicals made by...
    07:04 AM, October 6, 2015 Body & Health, Microbes, Fungi & Algae
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Sperm whales’ clicks suggest the animals have culture

    Sperm whales love to chitchat. They talk to each other in clicks. Now, scientists say, those clicks hold hints that the whales have culture.Explainer: What is a whale? Culture is a way of life passed on from generation to generation through learning. “There’s a lot of debate if culture is exclusive to humans or if you can find it in animals, too,” says Maurício Cantor. He is a biologist at Canada...
    07:00 AM, October 6, 2015 Animals
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS Challenges at Marine Science Institute

    Each year, Broadcom MASTERS finalists are placed into teams and spend several days competing with other teams in a series of hands-on challenges. On Sunday, October 4, finalists spent the morning on a research vessel run by the Marine Science Institute. Challenges hosted by the Institute included a plankton station, benthic station, ichthyology station, and a biomimicry activity.For more photos...
    04:00 AM, October 6, 2015
  • Doing Science

    Alumni gather at Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase

    More than 100 Society for Science & the Public alumni, family, and friends attended the alumni reception held during the Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase on Saturday, October 3. Attendees had the chance to snack and mingle with each other, before being welcomed by Michele Glidden, Chief Program Officer, and Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society and getting a...
    19:46 PM, October 5, 2015
  • Eureka! Lab

    A teen turns an autumn chore into a science project

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s fall in the Northern Hemisphere, and that means some trees are losing their leaves. Many people might see all that yard waste as a chore to be cleaned up. But Bryant Liu, 13, looked at his leaf-blanketed lawn and saw a potential source of energy. The freshman at Rocky Point High School in Rocky Point, N.Y., showed off his eighth grade science fair project at a competition...
    11:54 AM, October 5, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Alcohol can rewire the teenage brain

    Alcohol is a drug. And every day, more than 4,750 American kids aged 15 and younger take their first full drink of this drug. That’s according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. And the problem is not just that this consumption is illegal. Kids who start drinking before age 15 also are five times more likely to become alcoholics or abuse alcohol than...
    07:00 AM, October 5, 2015 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Kevlar

     Kevlar (noun, “KEV-lahr”)This is a super-strong plastic fiber developed by the DuPont company in the 1960s. Originally used for racing tires, it is stronger than steel but much lighter. That has made it especially useful for body armor. The fiber is a polymer —a long chain of repeating groups of atoms. Because it can be formed into many shapes, Kevlar has found use in rope, the heads of drums...
    07:00 AM, October 5, 2015
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Doing Science

    Photos from the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase

    The thirty finalists of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS presented their projects to the public on Saturday, October 3. More than 770 people attended this event, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA to get a chance to meet the finalists.Nikolai Ortiz of Corpus Christi, TX prepares to discuss his project, "What's in your water?"One of the Broadcom MASTERS judges greets and speaks with...
    16:07 PM, October 4, 2015

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