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Research in Brief

This research-focused guide is inspired by the International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition.

Goodnight moon

Students will calculate the angular momentum and density of the moon and consider the implications of the results for various theories of the moon's origin.

A lunar journey

Students will search the Science News archive for other stories related to moon formation.

Probing moon formation

These questions focus on ideas about the origin of Earth's moon and evidence that supports various explanations of its formation.
Earth's moon

How Earth Got its Moon

This guide explores scientists' ideas for how the Earth got its moon, and the evidence that supports those ideas. Students can even calculate relevant lunar properties for themselves.

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.