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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.
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.

Corals across the disciplines

These discussion prompts cover coral reproduction, photosynthesis and respiration, greenhouse gases, fluorescence and how communities can minimize their impacts on reefs.

Diving in to coral research

Students will search the Science News archives for stories related to coral reef science and coral bleaching.

Saving the world’s coral reefs

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Rebuilding reefs."

Coral bleaching

Three activities give students the opportunity to use and interpret data to look for patterns in coral bleaching alerts.
A coral fluoresces purple (left), perhaps as a sunscreen defense for colorless polyps, in a photo taken September 12 of a bleached reef near Okinawa, Japan

Rebuilding Reefs

In this guide, students will explore how scientists are working to save coral reefs, which are under threat because of climate change and other human-related activities.