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Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Chris Lintott, astrophysicist of Oxford University and founder of The Zooniverse. Credit: YouTube

Find out why Oxford University astrophysicist and founder of The Zooniverse Chris Lintott believes that humanity’s ability to be “deliciously distractable” is a creative engine powering the benefits of citizen science for discovery–and how, if you are a researcher, you might like to “play with your phyiscs.” With Google Student Ambassador Hanne Paine, we had [...]

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Google Science Fair Hangout On-Air: Meet the Deep-Sea-Diving Exosuit

Vincent Pieribone, John Sparks, Exosuit and Mariette DiChristina. Credit: YouTube

Scientists studying marine life now have a new tool in a next-generation atmospheric diving system called the Exosuit. The suit–which looks like something an astronaut would wear and is on display at the American Museum of Natural History until March 5–lets a diver descend to 1,000 feet at surface pressure for several hours. As part [...]

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Seeing the Future through Tech-Colored (Google) Glass

Google Glass on Mariette DiChristina, editor in chief, Scientific American

Larry Page has said that, when he wears Google Glass, the wearable electronics that rests on the bridge of your nose like a pair of spectacles, he feels like he’s seeing the future. After I picked up Glass myself recently, I now know what he means. As a speaker and attendee of the recent Google [...]

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Google Science Fair 2013 Finalist Gala

Google Science Fair 2013: Viney Kumar, Ann Makosinski, Elif Bilgin and Eric Chen. Credit: Google

Since I couldn’t bring you all with me to the amazing Google Science Fair Finalist Gala on 23 September, I’m posting the video here. The age-category winners are Viney Kumar, 14, for his work on a signalling system for emergency vehicles in the 13-14-year-old category; Ann Makosinski, 16, for her work in creating a batter-free [...]

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Google Science Fair 2013: A Hangout in a Swamp

Paleo Quest founders Jason Osborne (left), holding fossil whale vertebra, and Aaron Alford, fresh from a swamp dive. Credit: Google Science Fair

We had a fun first today for the 2013 Google Science Fair Hangouts On Air series of live chats with researchers around the world: with the aid of a smart phone propped up by two fossil bones, we streamed live from a Virginia swamp for a session called Paleo Quest: Venturing into the Unknown. I [...]

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Science in Action Winner for 2013: Elif Bilgin

Elif Bilgin, winner of the 2013 Science in Action award, a $50,000 prize sponsored by Scientific American as part of the Google Science Fair.

“Genius,” Thomas Edison famously said, “is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” He would have found a kindred spirit in Elif Bilgin, 16, of Istanbul, Turkey, winner of the 2013 $50,000 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The award honors a project that can make a practical difference [...]

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Expiring food, hanging gardens, the power of sepiolite, farmer software and plankton: Meet the Science in Action finalists, part 4

On June 27, the winner of the second annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the finalists to describe their projects and themselves.  Meet these five teams of inspired students from Poland, the Russian Federation, Spain, India and Brazil. [...]

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Enhancing desalination efficiency, a new language for the deaf and blind, and electricity from tomato juice: Meet the Science in Action finalists, Part 3

On June 27, the winner of the second annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the finalists to describe their projects and themselves.  Meet six innovative students from Saudi Arabia, the United States and Kenya. Project: Enhancing Desalination Efficiency [...]

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Measuring Ultraviolet radiation, improving crop yield via electric currents and creating electricity from traffic: Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 2

On June 27, the winner of the second annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the finalists to describe their projects and themselves. Meet three innovative students from Australia, Belarus and India. Name (Age): Ethan Butson (17) Country: Australia [...]

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Banana-Peel Plastic, Wastewater Fuel Cell, Body-Heat Flashlight: Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 1

On June 27, the winner of the second annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind the projects to describe their work and themselves. First up, a trio of young women from India, Canada and Turkey. Name (Age): Elif [...]

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Four Incredible Google Science Fair Projects

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Eighteen impressive teenagers from around the world are gathered in Mountain View, California awaiting the results of the annual Google Science Fair. The finalists, from 8 countries including the United States, Singapore, Turkey, Greece and India, have collectively invented a flashlight that uses body heat for energy, a novel prosthetic hand, [...]

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Teen Develops Less Invasive Means to Detect Breast Cancer

This year’s Google Science Fair winner, Brittany Wenger, 17, from Sarasota, Florida, spent more than 600 hours coding a sophisticated computer program to help doctors detect breast cancer using a less invasive form of biopsy. I spoke to her this morning at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. How did you feel when you heard [...]

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Google Science Fair: Winners tackle breast cancer, hearing loss and water quality

An expectant crowd gathered last night inside an airplane hangar at a flight school in Palo Alto, California to hear the winners of the second annual Google Science Fair. The grand prize went to Brittany Wenger, 17, of Sarasota, Florida, who wrote a computer program to help doctors diagnose breast cancer less invasively.  Jonah Kohn, [...]

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Google Science Fair: Inspiring Winners in Africa

This year, Scientific American funded the first Science in Action award, a $50,000 prize as part of the Google Science Fair. The prize also includes a year of mentoring to advance the work. The 14-year-old winners, Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Malalela, developed a simplified system for hydroponics, which increased crop yields by 140 percent. Their [...]

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How I Spent My Summer Davos

Summer Davos—formally, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions—is known as a gathering of captions of industry and policy leaders. Increasingly, it is also making room for discussion of science and technology as drivers of the innovations needed for us to continue to thrive in a finite world. I moderated or facilitated [...]

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Earth and environment science projects favored by entrants in Google Science Fair

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The fuel of the future isn’t gasoline, ethanol or even hydrogen—it’s education. Specifically, the science and engineering education that will enable a fresh group of smart young people to tackle the world’s ongoing energy crisis. Solve the energy crisis and you go a long way’s toward solving a host of environmental problems: pollution, environmental health [...]

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Inspirational “Science in Action” Video

Science in Action 2012 Winner

Last night, the Google Science Fair winners were announced. I won’t recap all the details, as you can read about it at the link, but suffice it to say, having three teenagers of my own (and a 21 year old) and with my extensive background in STEM outreach to young and old, I relate so [...]

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