ScienceNews for Students

ScienceNews for Students is a great site filled with articles on a variety of science topics!  Just pick one that looks interesting and start reading.  You’re bound to learn something new!

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  1. What do science fiction, TASERs and tomatoes have in common? Read Explainer: Inspirations-from Tom Swift to tomatoes by Kellyn Betts and you’ll find out! I was drawn to this article because it began by talking about someone who started writing science fiction and taking computer programming classes when he was in 5th grade! Since I find both of those topics interesting and since I have a son about that age, I had to read more! The article told the stories of three futurists which is basically someone who is fascinated by the future and makes predictions about it based on current trends.
    I like to think of myself as a futurist in education. I am fascinated by the technology tools we have available and how those tools will help us re-define education. How do you think education will change 5-10-15 years from now?

    1. That post kind of reminded me of a 3D printer. Do you know someone who has a 3D printer? If so do you think they would let you use it? I like your comment.

    2. Thank you for sharing that great post. It kind of reminded me of a 3D printer I heard about. I found it in a Time Magazine and there’s more about how a dad printed his son a new hand after he lost it in a accident. You can read more about this in Time magazine inventions from 2013.

      1. I think 3D printers sound amazing and I definitely want to check out the TIME magazine inventions from 2013. Was the 3d printing of the hand the coolest invention you read about or were there others?

    3. I checked out your blog and found that Meat the New Meat by Stephen Ornes. It is incredible that they could do that. It looks like stem cells are going to shape are future. Anybody have thoughts on what it would look like?

  2. I read Salt Bends the Rules of Chemistry By Stephen Ornes. Salt contains two elements: Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl). Normally salt is in a cube shape, but when you apply heat, the salt cubes changes into different looking molecules.

    1. Wow, that’s great you’re reading that. I also recommend

        The Elements : A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray

      . He’s an amature collector who has some of the best photos of elements EVER and has added humor and some what of a poetry affect in his introductions for each element.

  3. I read the article titled, “Doggy Dust Could Be a Good Thing”. I have a dog so I was curious to read the article. I learned that kids exposed to some of the dust the dogs bring in may be less likely to develop allergies. I also learned that there is such a thing as keeping a home too clean. I didn’t know that some of all the dirt my dog brings in from outside could actually be good for me!

    1. Thanks for posting your thoughts about the “Doggy Dust” article Victoria. We do not have a dog, but my boys want one desperately! What kind of dog do you have? Does it stay indoors mostly?

      1. I used to have a dog. You have to be home a lot to care for them. You have to let them outside to do business a lot and play with them. If you aren’t home a lot, I suggest u don’t get one.

        1. Well I used to have a dog too, but she died. 🙁 Now my brother and I are begging for a new one. My dad says if we do, it has to be a great big one with no hair.

      2. I have a basset hound with long ears. He loves sleeping/napping in the best chair in our house! He is babyish and does not like going outside alone but he enjoys playing outside with me and going on walks. His name is Sherman. He is one and a half and has the same birthday as me. I am ten years older though!

  4. I read the article “Inheriting Fear” because the topic was interesting so I decided to read it. I never knew that a fear you have could have come from a fear your parents had. I wonder what all the fears are called? Anyone know?

    1. Phobias, I’m pretty sure. One I know quite a few people have is arachnophobia.
      Arachnids consist of spider, scorpions, and microscopic things like ticks and mites.
      Boo! Did I get you? Of course not, your just reading my comment. Boo!

      1. I do not know what it is called Jack but there is a phobia that can stop your eyes from adapting to the darkness, so you won’t be able to see in the dark at all.

  5. I also read the article, “Seeing Without Light”. I tried the theory that you can see when it is dark and it’s true! The experiment was easy. Speaking of experiments, does anyone have some websites where you can find easy experiments for kids? If yes, then can you send me the links?

  6. It was really interesting to learn about all the different kinds of snowflakes, and how each kind is totally unique, how you can combine h20 molecules and get something random. I love how every flake is so detailed and different than the rest. It was really interesting!!

  7. Comment by Kenan, to:
    Erasing Memories – A shock to the brain may help erase a bad memory
    by Stephen Ornes 9:18AM, January 14, 2014

    ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) is a treatment for people with severe depression. It can change and even partially delete the memories of people treated by it, and doctors have now found out how to turn this side effect into a main benefit and reason to use this therapy, as explained in the paragraph below.

    The memory to forget would be recalled, and then the electrical shock would cause neurons to fire, causing interference with the usual brain processes, effectively changing, deleting, and muddling people’s memories. This unnatural firing of neuron could deactivate the neurons that are in charge of which neurons fire, causing epilepsy. For people with depression, this would be an adequate treatment, as, even if it causes epilepsy in them, they would no longer be suffering from depression, which is much worse, as often life will seem so hopeless that suicide seems the only option. For people without depression or other disruptive psychological illnesses that could be cured with such an ECT, such an attempt to forget memories one does not wish to remember, from the harmless example of their favorite sporting team making it to the finals of some major league, and losing then, by some tiny amount, to the terrible memory of for example seeing a close relative die, would not be a sufficient reason to risk causing epilepsy in the person who wishes to forget.

    A similar article in my February 2014 copy Scientific American, called ‘Wired for Thought,’ suggests using such an instrument to stimulate learning, so that an electrical shock to the brain is followed by something the person wishes to learn, would be adequate. Since such an instrument could cause severe epilepsy, and is for that reason, which the article did not tell of, not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration), which the article did tell of, and also not approved by numerous doctors (mostly psychiatrics, but also others), which was shortly mentioned of by the article, also.

    A different article, called ‘Remembrance of All Things Past’ in the same copy of Scientific American tells of a handful of people who cannot forget anything they have done or has happened to them, after an age of about 12. This is called HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), and when the people that had it were scanned by an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), it was revealed that a few of their brain regions differed from brains of the control group, and the standard digital model of the brain. Some areas of grey matter (cell tissue of neurons), and white matter (the wire-like extensions between neurons, which are covered in a white insulation called myelin), differed in size and shape. The described regions were mostly located between the frontal and temporal cortexes, which make sense, since the temporal cortex is for temporarily storing information, and the frontal cortex is for storing information over large periods of time, such as decades, or even lifetimes. The information is probably transmitted while the person sleeps, and with better connections between the two cortexes, more information can be transmitted from the temporal to the frontal cortex.

  8. Hi! I just read the article how to reset a cell here is what I learned. I learned that stem cells are immature cells that can be coaxed into becoming specialized cells and that they hold a lot of potential for treating sickness and disease. I also learned that a embryo is a ball of unspecialized cells that soon grows into a animal with a backbone!

  9. Come to think of it with all these gadgets and what not you should go on Youtube ( if you can ) and check out this channel called Astonishing Studios. This person person has created amazing LEGO candy machines and an incredible mouse trap, all of which are functional! And my E.Y. invention is a candy dispenser based of all his ideas.

    P.S. Is what not one word?

  10. It was interesting that people refer a dog paddle to a trot a dog swims in a frantic running pattern. Frank Fish was researching this topic and found out the pattern he admitted that he called the dog paddle a trot to I have never herd of that term trot.When the mentioned it I thought they meant trot as in what a horse does. Everyone read this article it is so interesting and cool.They tried the experiment on 6 breeds of dogs some were a golden retriever,terrier,german Shepard and 3 more kinds the needed scuba gear to watch the dog except the terrier he or she cold fit in a long fish tank!SO COOL READ PLEASE!!!

  11. I just read a article about pesticides. An interesting fact is that the USA uses about 40% pesticide in their locally grown crops. You can also find these chemicals in apple orchards, farms, pumpkin patches, and in the fields. It can make people very sick and can spread infections to others. I strongly request you to read this article.

  12. I never new about the wooly momoths and is the myth true about the wooly momoths fur changing to brown for the winter warning or something like that?

  13. It’s amazing how the water goes up instead of down on the little steps on the metal block. And about the wine, like how the wine gets corked if you mixed it up. I never knew about the wine crying or something like that, although if you actually did that, I’m sure that the person would be thinking you are crazy or being a little mad.

  14. I just read a article about sharks helping in science. Even though they are pretty frightening creatures they do mean a lot to science. Sharks are tagged with little pinned cameras that can see what is going on in the ocean. People say it is less expensive to put cameras on animals and explore the ocean as the animal moves its way around than it is to purchase cameras that involve people going down to locate and control the machine. It is a very interesting article.

  15. I read the article Does Lightning Sculpt Mountains? I thought that it was interesting how some lightning can hit a mountain and cause a piece to break off by its force.

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