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  • 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
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    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
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    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
  • Secret to rose scent surprises scientists

    Stopping to smell the roses might be a letdown — and now researchers know why.The sweet-smelling flowers create their scent using a surprising tool. It’s an enzyme — a hardworking molecule — that was thought to help clean up DNA. This enzyme is missing in many roses. And that seems to explain why their blooms also lack a sweet floral aroma. The new finding could help scientists solve the thorny...
    07:00 AM, July 23, 2015 Chemistry, Plants
    Readability Score: 7.4
  • News Brief: Venus may have active volcanoes

    Venus is sometimes called Earth’s twin. That’s because the planet is a similar size to our home. It’s also made of similar stuff. And like Earth, Venus may have active volcanoes, scientists now report.The second planet from the sun hides beneath a thick atmosphere. That has made spotting volcanic activity difficult. New observations from the Venus Express spacecraft may be evidence of volcanoes...
    07:00 AM, July 22, 2015 Planets
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Inspired minds: Role models come from across the globe

    Innovation can change a city, a country and even the world. It’s something even many teens and tweens appreciate. In May, two dozen of them from around the world shared stories about the people who had inspired them to dive into research.These young researchers were all delegates to the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS International program. These students had previously completed outstanding projects in...
    07:00 AM, July 21, 2015 Young Scientists, Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Smell test may detect autism

    A 10-minute test could help doctors sniff out autism, a new study suggests.Most kids breathe in pleasant scents more deeply than stinky ones. But children with autism inhale about the same amount of air whether smelling roses or sour milk. Researchers reported this July 2 in Current Biology.The findings hint that a whiff-and-sniff test might one day offer a quick and easy way to determine whether...
    07:00 AM, July 20, 2015 Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.3

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