The worst drought in 1,000 years

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-26 12:00
The 1934 drought, during a period in American history known as the Dust Bowl, was the worst in a millennium, a new study finds. While the drought had natural origins, human activities made it worse.
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A teacher’s guide to mentoring in STEM

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-26 09:00
Many people in STEM careers credit mentors for their success. But a good mentor is more than just a teacher.
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Can soft drinks speed aging?

Science News For Kids - Tue, 2014-11-25 09:00
A new study suggests a reason why daily sugary-soda drinkers are more prone to disease: Guzzling these drinks shortens the protective caps on chromosomes. If the caps get too short, cells die.
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IQ is in the genes

Science News For Kids - Mon, 2014-11-24 10:29
Previous research that suggested parenting affects a child’s IQ is flawed, researchers now conclude.
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The secret of fast runners: symmetry

Science News For Kids - Fri, 2014-11-21 09:00
Science had shown that animals and people with symmetrical bodies tend to be stronger and healthier. Now researchers find they can predict the best sprinters by measuring the top runners’ knees.
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Wind power is looking up — to the clouds

Science News For Kids - Thu, 2014-11-20 09:00
Placing wind turbines high in the sky could let them harvest power from the faster, more reliable winds found at altitude.
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Questions for Wind Power Is Looking to the Clouds

Science News For Kids - Thu, 2014-11-20 09:00
Classroom questions for Wind power is looking up — to the clouds.
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Lightning strikes will surge with climate change

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-19 09:00
Warming temperatures will lead to 50 percent more lightning strikes across the 48 U.S. states in the next century, researchers report. That increase could lead to more warming, more fires and even more deaths.
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Artificial sweeteners pollute streams

Science News For Kids - Tue, 2014-11-18 09:30
Fake sugars sweeten foods without adding calories. But most pass right through the body, down the toilet, into water treatment plants — and from there, right into lakes and streams.
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New particle may help probe strongest force in the universe

Science News For Kids - Mon, 2014-11-17 09:30
A newfound subatomic particle should allow scientists to better understand the strong force that holds together the nucleus of every atom.
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Ancient jellyfish died a strange death

Science News For Kids - Fri, 2014-11-14 09:30
Scientists have probed the fossilized remains of an ancient jellyfish. It reveals a bizarre sequence of events that led to its preservation 310 million years ago.
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Comet probe may shed light on Earth’s past

Science News For Kids - Thu, 2014-11-13 19:25
Scientists spent more than two decades setting up Philae’s months-long investigation of a comet. What they hope to learn could shed light on Earth’s childhood — and the source of its water. But that’s if problems with Philae’s landing don’t cut the robot’s life span.
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Questions for When life exploded

Science News For Kids - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:30
Classroom questions for When Life Exploded.
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When life exploded

Science News For Kids - Thu, 2014-11-13 09:30
Life exploded in diversity during the Cambrian Period. Experts are exploring what could account for this sudden change 540 million years ago.
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Picture This: Falling to a comet

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-12 18:46
After a more than decade-long ride, a robotic lander has left its spacecraft and floated down onto the surface of a comet. From there it should begin scouting for hints at how our solar system formed.
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World leaders call for action on climate change

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-12 18:24
This week, the presidents of China and the United States pledged to take aggressive action on the release of greenhouse gases to head off dire worldwide climate effects.
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New frog discovered in New York City

Science News For Kids - Wed, 2014-11-12 09:30
This animal could almost be mistaken for the southern leopard frog — until it opens its mouth. The call the males issue has proven unique.
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Detecting a single proton

Science News For Kids - Tue, 2014-11-11 09:30
Doctors typically use magnetic-resonance imaging, or MRI, to see tissues and organs inside the body. Physicists can harness similar technology to see individual molecules. In a new study, a diamond-based device spotlights something even smaller — a single proton.
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Germs help each other fend off antibiotics

Science News For Kids - Mon, 2014-11-10 09:30
Drug-resistant bacteria can cause persistent infections. A new study finds these germs fight drugs in different ways. And they can swap various compounds, increasing their neighbors’ chances of overcoming the drugs meant to kill them.
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Raindrops break the speed limit

Science News For Kids - Fri, 2014-11-07 09:00
Raindrops shouldn't be able fall faster than what is known as their terminal velocity. But no one told the rain. Researchers have found droplets breaking that speed limit.
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