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  • Teens take home huge awards for their research

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — In a week when this southwestern city sweltered in the heat, teen researchers were pulling down awards for very cool science. Top winners included a teen looking to improve devices that use microbes to convert organic wastes into electricity. Another developed safer, cheaper and more eco-friendly batteries. Yet another showed how to cheaply modify off-the-shelf leg braces to...

    18:03 PM, May 13, 2016 Health, Technology
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Injured leg? Here’s a built-in footstool

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Ouch! Let’s say you sprain an ankle or break a bone in your foot. Your doctor will likely advise keeping the affected leg elevated as much as possible. But that could be a problem if you don’t own a recliner or footstool. And if you spend a lot of time on the go, you could end up in plenty of places where keeping your foot up isn’t convenient. So what can you do? An Australian...

    07:00 AM, May 13, 2016 Health, Technology
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • New device identifies money by its color

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — People who are blind have difficulty with many everyday tasks. Among them is figuring out the value of banknotes (paper money), especially when they are the same size. While shopping, many have to trust cashiers or other people to truthfully tell them the value of a bill in their hand. But now, two teens have invented a device to check a bill’s color and report its value.

    12:00 PM, May 12, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • DNA can now store images, video and other types of data

    With a smartphone, you can look up facts, stream videos, check out Facebook, read tweets and listen to music. But all of those data aren’t stored on your phone. They are kept somewhere else, perhaps half a world away. For now, companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook store those data on magnetic tapes or other media. It’s an ever-growing library of data that takes up lots of space in...

    07:00 AM, May 4, 2016 Computers & Electronics, Technology
    Readability Score: 6.7
  • How to make window ‘glass’ from wood

    Wood is a great building material. Strong and relatively lightweight, it’s also readily available the world over. One thing it isn’t, however, is see-through. So while it makes first-rate walls, it makes really poor window panes. But now, researchers have come up with a nifty way to make wood largely transparent.

    This opens up many possible new uses for wood, researchers say. Engineers...

    07:00 AM, April 26, 2016 Technology, Materials Science
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Feeling objects that aren't there

    Imagine this. You wake up in the morning to the irritating buzz of your alarm. Instead of fumbling for a snooze button, you wave your hand in the air in the general direction of the clock. There, in mid-air, you find it: an invisible button. It’s an illusion you can feel, like a hologram for your fingers. One swipe at the button, and the alarm shuts off. You’re free to sleep for a few more...

    07:15 AM, April 14, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Light & Radiation, Physics
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Scrubbing bubbles: Secret to ouch-free dental cleanings?

    People with sensitive teeth often hate visiting the dentist. One reason: Having their teeth cleaned and polished can hurt. Now, scientists have taken a close-up look at the tool that dentists use for that cleaning — and the tiny bubbles it creates. They think their work could lead to a new tool that can clean teeth without ever touching them. It would simply let the bubbles do the scrubbing....

    07:00 AM, March 28, 2016 Physics, Technology
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Eggshells help hatch a new idea for packaging

    An old proverb says you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. Most people then toss those eggshells out. Indeed, a lot of eggshells end up in landfills, observes Boniface Tiimob. He’s a materials scientist and graduate student at Tuskegee University in Alabama. But now, he says, there’s a promising new use for that waste. Those shells can be recycled into packaging for more eggs or...

    07:00 AM, March 20, 2016 Technology, Environment, Materials Science
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Diving deep into history

    Cindy Van Dover knows a lot about the deep oceans. But she never expected to find a shipwreck more than 200 years old while she was hunting for sea creatures.

    It was July 2015. Van Dover and other deep-sea biologists were cruising on a research ship off the coast of North Carolina. They were looking for a scientific mooring — a cable attached to the ocean floor more than 1.6 kilometers (...

    07:15 AM, March 17, 2016 Archaeology, Oceans, Technology
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Goo-oozing deicer protects surfaces

    Ice and snow can cause big problems when they stick to surfaces in cold weather. These frosty materials can obscure road signs, for example. They can pile up to dangerous heights on roofs, adding tons of weight. Or, they can stick to aircraft wings and affect the amount of lift a plane can generate. Now, researchers have developed a coating that might fight icy buildups on a wide range of...

    07:00 AM, March 16, 2016 Technology, Materials Science
    Readability Score: 7.2

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