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  • Vaping may harm the lungs

    You’ve seen them on television, in celebrity photos and in magazine ads — cool superstars vaping on electronic cigarettes. Their high-tech gadgets seem to be available everywhere, from shopping malls to the 24-hour convenience mart. Is it any wonder that teens are being tempted to try out the vaping craze?Yet scientists are disturbed by the fascination teens have with this nicotine-dispensing...
    11:16 AM, May 29, 2015 Body & Health
    Readability Score: 8.3
  • Questions for ‘Vaping may harm the lungs’

    To accompany feature ‘Vaping may harm a teen’s lungs’SCIENCEBefore reading:1.    How is an electronic cigarette like a conventional cigarette, and how does it differ?2.    What might be the appeal of vaping over smoking?During reading:1.    How popular is vaping among U.S. teens?2.    Why does an e-cigarette need a fluid?3.    What is vaping and where does that term come from?4.    Why do...
    09:55 AM, May 29, 2015 Classroom Questions
  • Computing: Swapping a glove for the keyboard

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Today people use keyboards and mice to enter data into computers. They play harps and guitars by strumming strings. They play violins and cellos with a bow. But one day soon, a high-tech glove might be able to stand in for any or all of these devices and instruments, says Malav Shah.The 15-year old at R.C. Clark High School in Plano, Texas, developed such a glove. He also...
    07:00 AM, May 28, 2015 Computers & Electronics
    Readability Score: 7.7
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    Using plants to solve environmental problems

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The fishing wasn’t so good anymore. Drake Bergeron, 17, heard stories from his father about fishing and hunting for crawfish in the lakes and streams around his hometown of Lafayette, La. “The biggest crawfish he ever caught was 11 inches [27 centimeters] head to tail,” the teen recalls. That's almost five inches larger than average.But now, when Drake and his father baited...
    07:00 AM, May 28, 2015
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Doing Science

    Life after science fair: Leveraging Your Success

    On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) was in full swing. Pittsburgh had graciously welcomed more than 1,700 finalists to the largest high school international science fair. Our Intel ISEF finalists did not fail to awe us with their high-quality research. Along with the chance to present their research and win nearly $4 million in awards, we...
    04:30 AM, May 28, 2015
  • This door handle kills germs

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Diseases spread in many ways. An infected person can cough or sneeze on someone nearby. Or, they can transfer germs through a handshake. But sometimes we pick up germs indirectly. A sick person might leave behind bacteria or viruses when they touch a doorknob, handrail, shopping cart handle or countertop. Anyone else who touches that surface may pick up the microbes. But what if...
    07:00 AM, May 27, 2015 Technology & Engineering
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Doing Science

    A Lecture with 1963 alumnus Michio Kaku

    Carolyn Carson, SSP’s new Alumni Coordinator, is occasionally given the opportunity to do some seriously cool things.One such thing happened earlier this month, when she got to go to Pittsburgh to hear a lecture through Robert Morris University’s Pittsburgh Speaker Series given by Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York and an alumnus of SSP’s 1963...
    12:36 PM, May 26, 2015
  • Asteroids boiled young Earth’s oceans

    It didn’t take long for early life on Earth to get into hot water. Very hot water.Evidence from ancient rocks suggests that asteroids slammed into our planet around 3.3 billion years ago. The impacts would have released huge amounts of energy. So much energy that this heat baked the skies and boiled the oceans.These dramatic events would have shaped the evolution of early life, says Donald Lowe....
    07:00 AM, May 26, 2015 Planets, Earth, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.6
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    Scientists Say: Taphonomy

    Taphonomy  (noun, “Ta-FAHN-oh-mee”)The study of what happens to an organism’s body after death. Scientists may examine how bacteria, fungi and insects break down an animal’s body, or how a dead organism might become a fossil over time.In a sentenceStudying taphonomy can reveal how bacteria help to preserve a dead body.Follow Eureka! Lab on TwitterPower Words(for more about Power Words, click here...
    07:00 AM, May 25, 2015
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • This is no cold fish!

    /*-->*/ Fish as a rule stay the temperature of the water around them. Not the opah. As it hunts in the ocean’s dark depths, this fish keeps much of its body distinctly warmer than the frigid water around it. That makes this species the closest of any fish to the warm-bloodedness typical of birds and mammals.The opah (Lampris guttatus) is about the size of a car tire and almost as round. That...
    07:00 AM, May 24, 2015 Animals, Oceans
    Readability Score: 7.6

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