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Mowing down cancer cells

Working in pairs, students will analyze a graph of data from one of the cancer experiments described in "Cancer's sweet cloak."

Biomolecules from many angles

These discussion prompts cover molecular structures and properties of sugars, proteins and lipids, as well as questions related to the immune system and cancer.

Archives track a long war

Students will explore the history of cancer therapy research by searching the Science News archive.

How sugars hide cancer

These questions, based on the Science News article "Cancer's sweet cloak," highlight observations about cell-surface sugars and their ability to hide cancer cells from the immune system.
illustration of proteins on outside of cancer cell

Cancer’s Sweet Cloak

This guide covers research investigating how cancer cells can hide from the immune system with the help of cell-surface sugars, as well as related topics.
RECORD BREAKER Climate change and remnant warming from the 2015-2016 El Niño helped make 2016 the hottest year on record. Blue areas were cooler than their long-term average temperature; red area were warmer.

2016 Shattered Earth’s Heat Record

This guide focuses on the Earth's record temperatures and the bigger issue of climate change, including its worldwide and species-wide effects.
POWERING THE FUTURE  New chemistries and designs promise to take batteries into the 21st century to store energy from solar and wind farms and send energy to homes and businesses.

Charging the Future

This guide introduces students to the basics of battery design, including the chemical reactions involved, and even encourages students to build and test their own batteries.

Spacetime ripples found at last

These questions focus on gravitational waves, gravitational wave detectors and how observing gravitational waves can improve our understanding of the universe.

The latest on self-driving cars

These student questions focus on autonomous vehicles and the nature of research that will support their widespread use.

Wave detection

Students will design, build, test and optmize their own light-based detector for waves (a simple optical seismometer) and will explore how this detector relates to more sophisticated gravitational wave detectors.

Wave generation

Students will generate and observe waves in a clear pan of water, drawing connections between these waves and light and gravitational waves.

Doing the wave

These discussion prompts cover the general properties and types of waves, how humans and other animals detect waves, and the design of laboratory wave detectors.