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Flu shot response foretold

Students will answer questions about new research showing that the activity of a small number of genes can predict a young person's immune response to the flu vaccine.

How do neurons form connections?

Students will study prepared microscope slides and create model neurons to gain a better understanding of what neurons look like, how they connect and how learning changes these connections.

Your inside guide to the learning brain

These discussion prompts focus on neurons and their signals and how magnetic resonance imaging works.

The amazingly malleable brain

Students will search the Science News archive for other stories related to brain connections and learning.

Probing the brain’s connections

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Flex time," which explores how flexible brains might make for better learning.

Science News as research inspiration

Students will discuss the scientific details that are left out of short news reports and explore how these brief reports can lead to ideas for original research.

Short but sound science

Students will answer questions based on a series of brief news items, including describing how each demonstrates sound scientific inquiry.

Trans fat ban as public health experiment

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Data back ban of artificial trans fats," with a special focus on data collected and analyzed by researchers.

A look back at antibiotics

Students will search the Science News archive for stories related to antibiotics and bacterial infections.

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.