A student in England may be the youngest person ever to find a planet.
Tom Wagg discovered the planet orbiting a star far beyond our solar system. He was just starting a weeklong internship at a local university. “I got trained on the first day and found it on the second,” he tells Science News for Students.
Wagg’s planet is for now named WASP-142b. It is an extrasolar planet, or...Readability Score: 7.5
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Airline passengers, breathe easy. New research to help improve the air quality inside planes is getting ready for takeoff. A 17-year-old’s design for rerouting the airflow in planes claimed the $75,000 top prize at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. One day the devices could reduce the transmission of disease among passengers.
Two...Readability Score: 8.8
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When throwing a party, it takes just six guests to guarantee at least three will be mutual friends or mutual strangers, mathematicians say. This year, when it came to celebrating the winners of America’s premier high school science and math competition, it took 40 finalists to guarantee (for the first time) three top winners.
The prizes were handed out during a gala...
Annika Urban had a problem.
A few years ago, the now-13-year-old started having difficulty breathing when she exercised. “I’d wheeze a lot and get a very nasty cough,” recalls this student, who attends Dorseyville Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Annika wanted to know the cause of her problem. Diagnosing it was neither quick nor easy. “Often the symptoms went away before I could...Readability Score: 8.0
Teen researchers from 18 states have reached the next-to-final phase of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search. In several weeks, each will have a chance to earn one of three top prizes of $150,000. Together, these high-school seniors will share in awards totaling more than $1 million.
The 40 finalists will visit Washington, D.C., from March 5 to 11. There, they will present their research...
WASHINGTON — Holly Jackson loves to sew. This week she zig-zagged her way through a three-day ensemble of science, engineering and math challenges. By the end, she had stitched up top prize — an educational award of $25,000.
The 14-year-old from San Jose, Calif., claimed the honor at a gala awards ceremony on October 28. “I was so surprised,” Holly said of her win. “The other finalists...
Safely navigating from point A to point B can be a particularly difficult challenge for people who are blind. Even when sweeping a long cane back and forth across their path as they’re walking, blind people easily can miss objects that might trigger a tumble. Now, a young inventor has designed an electronic device to notify people of such obstacles.
Among the biggest trip hazards for...Readability Score: 7.5
The deep sea is one of the most remote and mysterious places on Earth. Scientists rarely go there. Those few who do discover new species all of the time. Many denizens of the deepest parts of the ocean, where it’s forever dark, can light up. Now, a teen’s research has shone new light on how one of these swimming beacons behaves in captivity.
The giant flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron...Readability Score: 6.5
Trains fascinated Paul Taylor when he was a young boy growing up in northern England. Sometimes he would follow an abandoned track, looking for keepsakes to cart home.
On one of those walks, when he was 12 or 13, Paul came upon a great pile of rocks by the side of the tracks. Dug from a nearby quarry, the pile was full of things didn’t look like regular stones. The boy filled his...Readability Score: 7.6
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As a kid, Anne Merrill played with earthworms. She toted them in her pockets and studied how they wriggled in the dirt. Her natural curiosity never left. Years later — this year, in fact — it carried her all the way to the White House. Anne is now 17 and a recent graduate of Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn.
On May 27, she showed her latest wormy experiments...