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photo by André Bradin

What makes a pretty face?

Beauty is only skin deep, or so the saying goes. And yet we have a hard time ignoring a pretty face. Why is that, and what is it that makes a face beautiful? Oddly enough, it has to do with being average.(Online. December 5, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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What is IQ—and how much does it matter?

You may have heard of IQ or taken a IQ test. But what does your IQ score tell you about your ability to succeed? Maybe not as much as you think. (Online. October 13, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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photo by Alvin Trusty

Teachers make time for Ebola and other current events

Teachers! Do you cover current events in the classroom? Not sure how to make time? Worrisome current events, such as the 2014 Ebola outbreak, can provide unique learning opportunities. (Online. May 3, 2016)

 

 

 

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photo by Patricia Jennings

‘Mindfulness’ defuses stress in classrooms and teaching

Teachers, this one’s for you. Early studies show that mindfulness training can reduce stress and improve teaching performance, while also helping students learn. (Online. March 29, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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Powered by poop and pee?

Imagine riding on a bus powered by the stuff you flush down the toilet. One such bus actually exists. It’s just one possible use of human waste as a renewable source of energy. (Online. February 5, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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photo by Tim Ellis

Cool jobs: All in your head

Psychology isn’t just about lending a sympathetic ear. Come meet a trio of experimental psychologists who study the brain and behavior in everything from dogs to monkeys to people. Featuring some of my husband’s super-cool work on patience in primates! (Online. December 8, 2015)

 

 

 

 

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photo by Scott Cresswell

When every face is a stranger’s face

You may find it easy to spot someone you know in a crowd, but for people with ‘face blindness’ every face looks the same: eyes, nose, mouth, ears. Learn more about this condition that affects as many as two in every 100 people. (Online. November 13, 2015)

 

 

 

 

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photo by USDA NRCS South Dakota

The dirt on soil

What lies beneath your feet? Much, much more than you ever imagined. Get the dirt on soil and all of the important roles it plays in everything from food to floods to climate change. (Online. October 16, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

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photo by Peter Miller

Cool jobs: Finding new uses for nature’s poisons

Check out these cool jobs in science! These researchers use toxins from critters (including mites, frogs, and spiders) to fight pests and germs–all while keeping people safe. (Online. October 9, 2015)

 

 

 

 

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Big future for super small science

Heard of nanotechnology? Find out how scientists use nanotubes to overcome mechanical, environmental and optical obstacles. (Online. April 24, 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiny plastic, big problem

Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances and wind up inside marine animals, threatening the ocean’s ecosystems. (Online. April 10, 2015)

 

 

 

 

photo by Sara V.

photo by Sara V.

Stress for success

Stress doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Find out how psychologists help anxious teens put their worries to good use. (Online. March 20, 2015)

 

 

 

 

Hi! I’m a grade 9 student from BC and my class and I had to do a project called science in the news. I chose to look into your article about “Stress for success” I would just like to say it is brilliant! It explained how stress worked and how to cope with it. You simplified it so I could understand but you didn’t dumb it down. Thank you so much, I learned so much from it. Absolutely outstanding!

-Sydney

 

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Air pollutants strike a blow to the brain

Scientists track super-small pollutants into the brain, where they can cause damage similar to that in people with Alzheimer’s disease. (Online. December 17, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Alan Murray-Rust

photo by Alan Murray-Rust

How people have been shaping the earth

Humans are now the biggest driving force shaping the planet. So much so that scientists are considering renaming our current time period to reflect that influence. (Online. October 17, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

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photo by GrzegorzWicher

Learning rewires the brain

As we learn, our brains rewire. In the process, brain cells change shape and even fire backwards. (Online. September 2, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

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Saving the banana

Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit, but they might not be around for long without help from a hard-working team of scientists. (Online. August 28, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Healthnutlady

photo by Healthnutlady

Why are bees vanishing?

Scientists find a combination of threats, from pesticides to climate change, may explain declining bee populations.   (Online. January 10, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Claire Fackler/NOAA

photo by Claire Fackler/NOAA

Caught in the act

How do species adapt to a changing environment? Scientists observe species  in the process of evolving. (Online. December 11, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Serenity

photo by Serenity

Some dirt won’t hurt

Not only is it okay to get dirty, it may even reduce risk of asthma and allergies. Find out why (and how to clean up properly after playing outdoors). (Online. July 17, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by CSIRO

photo by CSIRO

Stem cells: The secret to change

Recent discoveries in cellular research might just pave the way to restore sight to the blind, repair damaged spinal cords, or even overcome genetic disease. (Online. April 10, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

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Concussion: More than ‘getting your bell rung’

Think a head injury isn’t a big deal? Think again. This common brain injury can cause serious – and lasting – damage. (Online. February 20, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

photo courtesy of Laurie Rumker

photo courtesy of Laurie Rumker

Pathways to Research: Pursuing a passion

What does it take to do independent research at your high school? A positive attitude, perseverance, and a big helping of creativity. (Online. November 19, 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Dschwen

photo by Dschwen

Young scientists tackle abstract problems

Think math isn’t useful? Think again. Check out these students’ independent, theoretical investigations that produced real-world results. (Online. October 24, 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

photo by NASA

photo by NASA

Planet Protectors

Scientists develop new technologies that will make future cities more sustainable. Leafy walls? Water footprints? Solar glitter? You bet. Come take a peek at the future. (Online. June 21, 2012)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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photo by Krzysztof Dreszer

Champions of Hibernation

You may think dormice hang out with the Mad Hatter, but in real life they’re some of the longest-hibernating mammals. Find out more about these super sleepy critters. (May 2014) Download pdf: Champions of Hibernation

 

 

 

 

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photo by Ken Conger/NPS

How Many Turns for the Tern?

Scientists have known for many years that Arctic terns migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year, but just how far do they really fly? Dr. Egevang used geolocators to find out, and the results stunned everyone—even him! (June 2013) Access the article online

 

 

 

 

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photo by Ryan E. Poplin

How Brainy are Monkeys?

You may find counting as easy as 1-2-3, but can animals count? Do they need to? Dr. Dawn Kitchen tested black howler monkeys in the jungles of Belize to find out, and the answer came through loud and clear. (March 2013) Download pdf: How Brainy are Monkeys?

 

 

 

 

photo by F.C. Robiller

photo by F.C. Robiller

How Bats Slurp at Night

You probably know most bats use echolocation to find their food. But how do they find water? Learn how Stefan Greif answered this surprisingly difficult question. (December 2012) Download pdf : How Bats Slurp at Night

 

 

 

 

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photo by Samuel Blanc

Under the Ice

Can you imagine living your entire life on—or under—a shelf of sea ice? Weddell seals do. Explore the life of this Antarctic seal to learn what it takes to live in this extreme environment. (September 2012) Access the article online

 

 

 

 

photo by Alvesgaspar

photo by Alvesgaspar

Bee? Wasp? Flower Fly!

Ever have a feeling something is hovering near your head, watching your every move? There’s a good chance it’s a flower fly. Publication date to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

image by John Gerrard Keulemans

image by John Gerrard Keulemans

The Hidden Lives of Crows

New Caledonian crows are known to make and use tools in captivity, but no one had seen them do it in the wild. Dr. Christian Rutz set out with bird-cams to learn just how these shy birds use tools to snare food. Publication date to be announced.

 

 

 

 

photo by Krazytea

photo by Krazytea

Leaving Their Mark

Think kids can’t make a difference? Check out this group from Crete, Nebraska–they’re helping to restore the prairie to provide a home for wildlife near their town. Publication date to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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photo by Arnaud Gaillard

photo by Arnaud Gaillard

At the Animal Clean-Plate Club

Are you a picky eater or do your tastes tend toward the adventurous? Meet some of nature’s pickiest—and most adventurous—eaters and learn how such particular appetites can be advantageous. (May/June 2015)

 

 

 

 

photo by TonyTheTiger/raeky

photo by TonyTheTiger/raeky

It’s a Jungle Up There

Ever heard the term “it’s a jungle out there”? Cities of the future might be just that. Landscape architects are busy designing living walls and green roofs in cities around the world. And the benefits of doing so are extensive. (July/August 2013) Download pdf: It’s a Jungle Up There

 

 

 

 

photo by Joachim Huber

photo by Joachim Huber

Mane Attraction

The lion’s mane is probably the best-known symbol of nature, but why do lions have manes? Discover how Peyton West answered this centuries-old question. (March 2013) Download pdf: Mane Attraction

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Trail Tales

 

photo by Derek Ramsey

photo by Derek Ramsey

Pollinator Gardening: A little goes a long way!

You know pollinators are important. You know we depend on them for much of our food. So why not create a space that’s just for them? (Spring 2014, available online)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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photo by Steve Evans

photo by Steve Evans

What Do They Eat?

Test your skill at identifying different kinds of teeth, what they’re used for, and which kinds of animals need them. (June/July 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Predation, Herbivory, and Parasitism

Predation, herbivory, and parasitism coexist within ecological communities. How do these interactions create dynamic, ever-changing biological systems? (2010) Available online. (Advanced high school/college.)

Dynamics of Predation

How do predation and resource availability drive changes in natural populations? (2010) Available online. (Advanced high school/college.)

Introduction to Basic Drivers of Climate

Climates on Earth vary from the warm, wet tropics to the cold, dry Arctic and Antarctic. What drives this variation? (2011) Available online. (Advanced high school/college.)

Factors Affecting Global Climate

What causes winds and ocean currents? Why has Earth’s climate changed in the past, and how has it affected the distribution of organisms? (2011) Available online. (Advanced high school/college.)

Animal Cognition

How do animals use the information they obtain from their environment to move through space, time their activities, assess quantity, or remember the past? (2012) Available online. (Advanced high school/college.)