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  • Educator Guides

    Find the current and past Science News in High Schools Educator Guides organized by the date of the issue in which the article appears.

    June 24, 2017Flamingos' Bones Favor One-leg  StanceFlamingo article PDF | Full GuideGuide Summary | Questions | Archive search | Discussion prompts | ActivityView the article online

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    09/14/2015 - 09:29
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    Rendezvous with Pluto

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    Tiny, far-flung Pluto is about to have a visitor — at least for a few hours.

    On July 14, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will reach the dwarf planet and try to learn all it can about Pluto and its five known moons. Then the probe will leave Pluto behind, vanishing into the frigid darkness beyond the planets.

    In its wake, New Horizons will introduce Earth to the...

    06/12/2015 - 11:55 Planetary Science, Astronomy
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    Online causes may attract more clicks than commitments

    The Save Darfur Cause on Facebook had all the makings of a slam dunk cyber success. More than a million people joined the social media site’s digital movement a few years ago to save the people of Sudan’s Darfur region from mass slaughter.    

    There was a hitch in Facebook’s humanitarian giddy-up, though: The vast majority of people who enlisted in the Save Darfur Cause recruited no one...

    06/27/2014 - 14:04 Psychology, Networks, Science & Society
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    The 3-D Printing Revolution

    Joshua Pearce takes unusual satisfaction in strolling through Walmart. The shelves laden with toys, household items, tools and clothing inspire in him a certain smugness, a pride in American entrepreneurship. But it’s not because Pearce admires the chain as an empire built by a self-made man. Pearce swells with pride at Walmart because the store is full of mass-manufactured objects that he...

    02/20/2013 - 23:31 Technology, Computing
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    Scientists probe terrorist talk on 'Dark Web'

    VANCOUVER — Deep within the recesses of the Internet, extremists discuss and plot terrorist acts. But new mathematical tools that combine web crawling techniques, sophisticated algorithms and human expertise are gaining access to this “dark side” of the Web and may help predict and prevent violence.

    Researchers engaged in the “Dark Web Project,” a program started partly in response to...

    02/19/2012 - 20:52 Humans & Society, Numbers
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    The Digital Camera Revolution

    Take a grainy, blurred image of a formless face or an illegible license plate, and with a few keystrokes the picture sharpens and the killer is caught — if you’re a crime-scene tech on TV. From Harrison Ford in Blade Runner to CSI, Criminal Minds and NCIS, the zoom-and-enhance maneuver has become such a staple of Hollywood dramas that it’s mocked with video montages on YouTube.

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    01/13/2012 - 06:54
  • Math Trek

    App for analyzing leafy curves lets amateur botanists identify trees

    Peter Belhumeur just wanted to know what type of tree was outside his apartment. He scanned field guides, looking for willowlike leaves with a wavy, spiked edge, but he couldn’t find the right one. Neither could his neighbors.

    As it happened, though, he was building a tool designed to address just this problem.  Belhumeur is a computer scientist at Columbia University who has worked on...

    08/29/2011 - 16:46
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    Cosmic questions, answers pending

    Read features from the special edition Articles in the Cosmic questions, answers pending. | GoDownload a PDF of the special edition Exclusive for Science News subscribers.Download | Subscribe

    Throughout human history, great missions of exploration have been inspired by curiosity, the desire to find out about unknown realms. Such missions have taken explorers across wide oceans and...

    04/08/2011 - 12:08
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    The Science of Slumber

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    Despite its utter mundanity, sleep resists simple scientific explanation. It appears to recuperate the body and refresh the mind, but exactly how isn’t at all clear. The brain appears to be as active in some of the...

    10/09/2010 - 15:15
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    Lice hang ancient date on first clothes

    ALBUQUERQUE — For once lice are nice, at least for scientists investigating the origins of garments.

    Using DNA to trace the evolutionary split between head and body lice, researchers conclude that body lice first came on the scene approximately 190,000 years ago. And that shift, the scientists propose, followed soon after people first began wearing clothing. The new estimate,...
    04/20/2010 - 10:44 Anthropology, Humans & Society