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  • Why the knuckleball takes such a knucklehead path

    Knuckleballs baffle baseball hitters. These balls seem to swerve along their path unpredictably. A new study suggests a possible cause of the pitch’s erratic flight. It suggests that the ball experiences sudden changes in air resistance — or the force of drag — on a ball. The scientists describe this as a “drag crisis.”

    Scientists described their finding July 13 in the New Journal of...

    07:00 AM, July 21, 2016 Physics
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Smash hit: Making 'diamond' that's harder than diamonds

    Scientists suspected that if a meteorite smashed into Earth hard enough, it could change a type of soft, pure carbon — the graphite in pencil lead — into a mineral harder than diamond. Now, scientists say they have confirmed that can happen. They witnessed it from front-row seats.

    No, they didn’t have to dodge an incoming space rock. Standing in for the meteorite was a high-energy laser...

    07:00 AM, April 6, 2016 Chemistry, Physics, Earth
    Readability Score: 7.8
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    Intel ISEF alum embarks on Antarctic research expedition

    Logan Pallin, an Intel ISEF 2008, 2009, and 2010 finalist, is a marine conservation biologist. At the end of December, Logan headed out for a four-month scientific research trip to Antarctica to study the effect of climate change on humpback whales.His research in Antarctica is included in the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research program, a National Science Foundation funded project. Logan and...
    02:00 AM, February 29, 2016
  • Hunt is on for new Planet Nine

    For a planet that hasn’t technically been discovered yet, Planet Nine is generating a lot of buzz. Astronomers have not yet found a new planet orbiting the sun. Yet some remote icy bodies are dropping clues that a giant orb may be lurking on the fringes of the solar system.

    Six hunks of ice in the debris field beyond Neptune travel on orbits that are aligned with one another. Planetary...

    16:40 PM, February 3, 2016 Planets, Mathematics
    Readability Score: 7.9
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    Intel ISEF alum believes in the power of his generation

    Joshua Zhou was one of the Intel ISEF 2015 finalists who won an opportunity to travel to China. He learned about sustainable development, spoke to peers in several Chinese schools and became "convinced of the power of our generation."

    Here is Joshua's account of Intel ISEF and his trip to China.

    I cannot express how much Intel ISEF has changed me. It started long before embarking...

    03:30 AM, November 2, 2015
  • This prehistoric meat eater preferred surf to turf

    DALLAS, Texas — One of the first big land predators on Earth was roughly the size of a small crocodile. This Dimetrodon (Dih-MEH-truh-don) lived about 280 million years ago — some 50 million years before dinosaurs appeared. And although scientists had a good idea what it looked like, they only now know what fueled it. Rather than dining on plant eaters, the reptilian carnivore ate mainly...

    07:00 AM, October 20, 2015 Fossils, Animals
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Pacific hurricanes to strengthen as Earth warms

    In tropical regions around the world, huge storms form over warm ocean waters. These swirling monstrosities have different names. In the Atlantic, they’re known as hurricanes. In the Pacific, they’re called typhoons or tropical cyclones. These storms can cause massive damage when they travel over land. New research now predicts that typhoons in the Pacific will become even more destructive....

    07:00 AM, June 25, 2015 Weather & Climate, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Immunity: Environment can have big impact

    When germs enter the body, a powerful defense system may turn on. Known as the immune system, it calls in cells that serve as combat troops, snipers and medics. Some of these cells take on invaders. Others clean out sick and dead cells. Still more trigger healing. Genes hold instructions for making many of those immune troops and their weapons. But a study now finds that the environment may...

    07:00 AM, January 28, 2015 Toxicology, Genetics
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Eureka! Lab

    Teachers launch weather balloons, and a passion for science

    Making science, technology, engineering and math into hands-on endeavors can spark interest in these fields and cement concepts learned in the classroom. As science coordinator and a physics teacher at Harrisonburg (Va.) High School, Andy Jackson* was looking for a good, complex hands-on project for sophomores and juniors in the school’s Governor’s STEM Academy. Jackson and the so-director of...

    09:00 AM, November 6, 2014
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Stone Age stencils: Really old art

    Hand outlines painted onto the walls of Indonesian caves tell an old story. A Stone Age tale. These stencils are leading researchers to rethink who made the oldest art in the world. The Indonesian paintings are about 40,000 years old. That is roughly the same age as the oldest cave art in Europe. Two animal drawings accompany those stencils in the Indonesian caves. They, too, date to the Stone...

    07:30 AM, October 24, 2014 Ancient Times, Culture
    Readability Score: 7.3

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