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  • To remember something new: Exercise!

    Here’s another reason to get off the couch and start working up a sweat. Time the exercise right and you could just boost your ability to remember something new. That’s the finding of a new study.But it all comes down to timing.To lock up the new information, start burning those calories roughly four hours after you take in  new information. That’s the recommendation of  researchers at an...
    07:00 AM, July 29, 2016 Health, Brain
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • E-cigs create toxic vapors from harmless e-liquids

    Some people think electronic cigarettes, which don’t contain tobacco, are a safer alternative to true cigarettes. But smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, exposes people to toxic gases that can harm the lungs and cause other health problems. Now, a new study shows that the hotter an e-cig gets — and the more it’s used — the more toxic compounds it gives off.Hugo Destaillats is a chemist at Lawrence...
    12:00 PM, July 28, 2016 Chemistry, Health
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Doing Science

    'A bright-eyed kid with a telepresence robot' gets started on changing the world

    Ben Hylak creates robots of the future, ones that can help nurses provide care. His robots use artificial intelligence, include video chat capabilities, ask patients how they're feeling, and communicate data back to doctors.Ben participated in Broadcom MASTERS in 2011 and attends Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He recently started interning at SpaceX as an avionics engineer and was one of...
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2016
  • Climate closing the gender gap for this mountain flower

    These males can take the heat — an advantage when it comes to global warming. Called valerian plants, they sport small white flowers. One type of bloom grows on male plants, another type on female plants. And in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the males and females have responded differently to warmer and drier weather. That’s the finding of a new study.These plants (Valeriana edulis) grow over a...
    07:00 AM, July 28, 2016 Plants, Weather & Climate, Ecology
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Doing Science

    Your Brain on Aging: A Chat with Science News’ Laura Sanders

    Science moves through thousands of different studies, each taking a different angle on the big questions facing us. Who can keep track of it all?Science News neuroscience writer Laura Sanders has. For her article “The Mature Mind,” part of Science News’s new special issue “Aging’s Future,” Laura talked to a dozen scientists — from psychologists to cell biologists — and sifted through hundreds of...
    10:35 AM, July 27, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Can We Slow Aging? A Chat with Science News’ Tina Saey

    Sewing old and young mice together. Killing crabby zombie cells (but not all of them). A biotech CEO who becomes a guinea pig for her company’s anti-aging gene therapy. And the amazingly long lifespan of ... squirrels.These are all parts of what Tina Hesman Saey, molecular biology writer at Science News, discovered in the course of writing her new story “Slowing Time,” part of the new “Aging’s...
    10:29 AM, July 27, 2016
  • Frigate birds spend months without landing

    Even the famous pilot Amelia Earhart couldn’t compete with the great frigate bird. Earhart flew nonstop across the United States for 19 hours in 1932. The frigate bird can stay aloft up to two months without landing, a new study finds. The seabird uses large-scale movements in the air to save energy on its flights across the ocean. By hitching a ride on favorable winds, the bird can spend more...
    07:00 AM, July 27, 2016 Animals, Physics
    Readability Score: 6.3
  • Eureka! Lab

    Scientists Say: Venomous

    Venomous (adjective, “VEH-nom-us”)This word describes animals that inject a poison. They may bite or sting. But they have to inject that toxin.In a sentence Scientists are using the venom from tarantulas to fight disease.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here)poison  A substance that causes sickness or death to an organism.poisonous  (In biology) An...
    07:00 AM, July 25, 2016
    Readability Score: 6.0
  • Doing Science

    Learning from women in STEM, from 'astronauts, to policy makers, to TV stars'

    Not every high school student gets a chance to visit the White House. Even fewer have the opportunity to participate in important conversations with influential STEM leaders while there.In 2014, Zarin Rahman did just that. She visited the White House and participated in a panel discussion on empowering women and young girls in STEM.Zarin was a finalist in Intel ISEF 2012-2014 and Intel STS 2014....
    07:00 AM, July 26, 2016
  • Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip

    The Earth is largely solid or molten rock that’s hot enough to melt iron. So you could never build a tunnel through its diameter. But let’s play a mind game and imagine that you could burrow from one side of the planet through to the other. Physicists play this game all of the time. And falling down a hole through the center of the Earth would be rough, they note. Indeed, some now conclude, it...
    07:00 AM, July 26, 2016 Physics, Earth
    Readability Score: 6.4

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