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  • Heat sickness

    In recent decades, Earth’s climate has been changing. That’s led to warmer temperatures and more very hot days. At the same time, levels of air pollution are growing. All that heat and dirty air will cause a lot more people to sicken — and even die. That’s the conclusion that emerges from three new analyses of climate trends in the eastern United States.Explainer: How scientists know Earth is...
    07:15 AM, May 31, 2016 Body & Health, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Doing Science

    Intel ISEF is a cultural exchange of science

    Understanding science and how it works is so important, says Abduljabbar Alhamood, who became interested in science at 8 years old. He's currently trying to solve world food shortages with the CRISPR/Cas9 system.Abduljabbar, from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, participated in Intel ISEF 2015. He returned to be a translator for finalists at Intel ISEF 2016.At Intel ISEF 2015, Abduljabbar received the...
    07:00 AM, May 31, 2016
  • Questions for ‘Heat sickness'

    To accompany feature "Heat sickness"SCIENCEBefore reading:1.    How do people respond when it gets really hot? Is being uncomfortably hot really all that bad for us?2.    What health impacts might be affected by heat?During reading:1.    Where were the three new analyses carried out?2.    Data had already linked which health impacts to high temperatures?3.    What kinds of data did Wellenius and...
    07:00 AM, May 31, 2016 Classroom Questions
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Endocytosis

    Endocytosis (noun, “EN-doh-sy-TOH-sis”)This is a process in which a cell captures something outside of itself by engulfing the substance within part of its outer membrane. That protective membrane surrounds the cell. During endocytosis, that membrane reaches out and also surrounds — and encloses — the substance it wants to take in. This creates what amounts to a bag. The membrane can then pinch...
    07:00 AM, May 30, 2016
    Readability Score: 8.4
  • Eating toxic algae makes plankton speedy swimmers

    A meal of toxic algae puts a spring into a tiny ocean-dwelling plankton’s trek. The bad news: That just might send it straight into the jaws of a hungry fish.Copepods (KO-puh-podz) are relatives of shrimp and lobsters. But very tiny cousins. They grow to be only about 1.5 millimeters (less than 0.06 inch) long. Still, size isn’t everything. Each one can suck in 100 liters (26.4 gallons) of...
    07:00 AM, May 30, 2016 Animals, Plants
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Hunter-gatherers roamed Florida 14,500 years ago

    A group of Stone Age people butchered a mastodon — or at least scavenged its carcass — some 14,550 years ago. These were hunter-gatherers that lived on what is now Florida’s Gulf Coast. Researchers discovered their stone tools in an underwater sinkhole. The finds may help scientists resolve when humans first came to the Americas.For much of the 20th century, scientists thought that the first...
    07:00 AM, May 29, 2016 Ancient Times
    Readability Score: 8.4
  • Teen offers technology that could help brain surgeons

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — There’s an old saying: Practice makes perfect. People usually think of this adage in relation to simple repetitive actions like throwing a football. Now, a teen has come up with a way to let brain surgeons practice intricate operations where the stakes are much higher.There’s no doubt that surgery can, in general, be “practiced.” The more operations that doctors perform, the more...
    12:00 PM, May 27, 2016 Technology & Engineering, Body & Health
    Readability Score: 8.3
  • Doing Science

    Alumni to watch: Michael Li & The Data Incubator

    Data science is super hot. So are startups. So that means Michael Li — an Intel Science Talent Search (STS) alum and CEO of The Data Incubator, a two-year-old data-science startup, is on fire.In retrospect, Li’s path to data-science entrepreneur seems obvious — he got a B.S. in computer science and Ph.D in applied mathematics from Princeton University before moving to a career on Wall Street and...
    07:00 AM, May 27, 2016
  • Mapping word meanings in the brain

    Language doesn’t live in just one part of the brain. Instead, many different brain regions pick out the meanings of words. These areas exist all across the brain’s wrinkly outer layer, new data show.One brain region, for instance, responds to the words “family,” “home” and “mother.” It sits in a tiny chunk of tissue on the right side of the brain, above and behind the ear. A complex new map...
    07:00 AM, May 27, 2016 Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Doing Science

    Regeneron is new Sponsor of the Science Talent Search

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the new title sponsor of the Science Talent Search. Selected through a competitive process that garnered interest from the nation’s leading companies and philanthropists, Regeneron will become only the third sponsor in 75 years of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.Regeneron is committing $100 million to support the Science...
    16:41 PM, May 26, 2016

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