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  • New bendy device could power wearable electronics

    People on a busy sidewalk use lots of energy to get from one place to another. But some of that energy gets wasted. Shoes and the pavement absorb this mechanical energy. What if that energy instead could be put to better use?“Harvesting mechanical energy is vitally important for wearable and portable electronics,” says Zhong Lin Wang. He’s a materials scientist at the Georgia Institute of...
    07:00 AM, January 31, 2016 Chemistry, Materials Science, Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Powered by poop and pee?

    Flush!Every day, people visit the toilet. Or, in developing nations, the field, pit or other location where they can relieve themselves. With more than 7 billion people on the planet, that’s a lot of waste. Mixed with water, these wastes are known as sewage. Because they host germs, they can’t just be left lying around. If they taint the water people use for eating, drinking and bathing, those...
    09:27 AM, February 5, 2016 Microbes, Fungi & Algae, Materials Science, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Questions for ‘Powered by poop and pee?'

    To accompany feature "Powered by poop and pee?"SCIENCEBefore Reading:1.    Most electric power in the United States is supplied by plants that run on coal, natural gas or nuclear energy. What are some disadvantages to these types of power plants? Why are some people advocating a switch to solar and wind power?2.    What happens to the waste that is flushed down a toilet? Where does it go? What...
    09:26 AM, February 5, 2016 Classroom Questions
  • Bugs that call your house home

    Scientists went looking for flies, spiders, ants and other arthropods in North Carolina homes — and found plenty. In fact, no home was completely free of insects or arachnids. And only five out of 554 rooms sampled were totally clear of the creepy-crawlies. Our homes, it appears, are full of bugs. But don’t sweat it: Most were not pests.“Despite some of these organisms living alongside us for...
    07:00 AM, February 4, 2016 Animals
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • 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 scientists...
    16:40 PM, February 3, 2016 Planets, Mathematics
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Bright night lights, big science

    In polar regions of the world, a dazzling light show often plays out in the night sky. It's called an aurora. Up North, it’s also known as the northern lights. It looks as if someone had stirred bright lights into the darkness, like cream into coffee. The lights are often green, but they also might glow red, yellow or other colors. Every so often, these lights explode in brightness. Such dramatic...
    07:00 AM, February 3, 2016 Earth, Physics
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Zika worries go global

    The recent wave of birth defects and brain disorders linked to Zika virus is an international “public health emergency,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency is part of the United Nations. It tries to control the spread of disease around the world. It declared the emergency February 1.The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes. It has struck hard in Brazil and spread into...
    16:25 PM, February 2, 2016 Body & Health, Brain & Behavior
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Olive oil untangles plastic

    Chefs often add olive oil to spaghetti to aid the cooking process and improve flavor. Now a study finds that olive oil and other vegetable oils can also help make one type ofplastic into super-strong fibers. Those fibers are ideal for making products such as bulletproof fabrics or ropes that anchor offshore oil rigs.All plastics are made of long, spaghetti-like chains of molecules called polymers...
    07:00 AM, February 2, 2016 Chemistry
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Doing Science

    Intel ISEF alumni selected as Global Teen Leaders

    Two Society alumni were selected as 2016 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTL). The GTL program honors young people who are working to change the world. Three Dot Dash is a global initiative of the We Are Family Foundation.GTLs actively work to ensure people have basic human needs met, including education, food, health, safety, shelter, water, and the environment. This will create a more...
    07:30 AM, February 1, 2016
  • Tracking warfare by ‘Earth shakes’

    When Michael Wysession says his research is a blast, he isn’t kidding. Wysession is a geophysicist at Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri. He is interested in how to track the booms and blasts of a war zone. And he can now do it from a great distance.Geophysicists use seismographs (SYZE-moh-grafs) — also called seismometers — to detect seismic waves. These waves are pulses of energy that...
    07:00 AM, February 1, 2016 Physics, Earth
    Readability Score: 7.7

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