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    Anna Kuchment is a Contributing Editor at Scientific American and was previously a reporter, writer and editor with Newsweek magazine. She is also author of “The Forgotten Cure,” about bacteriophage viruses and their potential as weapons against antibiotic resistance. Follow on Twitter @akuchment.
  • A High School Lab As Engaging as Facebook

    Just down the hall from Paulo Blikstein’s office at Stanford University is a student laboratory of the future. It has spring green-and-yellow tiled floors, matching walls and is stocked with every type of digital fabrication tool one can imagine: laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D milling machines, robotics, and programming tools.  “In short, we [...]

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    A littleBit of Electronic Literacy

    Guest Post by Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning open source library of electronic modules that magnetically snap together to allow users to create simple circuits and innovative projects. Probably one of the most annoying things I hear adults say is, “I’m not really a technology kind of person.” Unfortunately, I hear [...]

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    Teenager creates new flu drugs

    Last month, 17-year-old Eric Chen from San Diego, California became the third Grand Prize winner in Google Science Fair history. Judges awarded him $50,000, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, a year of mentoring, and other prizes. At a meeting in Google Headquarters after the awards were announced, Chen spoke about how he created 6 [...]

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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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    Teachers and App Designers Join Forces

    Image courtesy of iZone

    Starting this week, developers from a dozen high tech startups are entering New York City classrooms to help teachers brainstorm solutions to educational challenges. Among their projects: tailoring math lessons to middle-school students whose abilities may be grade-levels apart. The program is hosted by the New York City Department of Education’s Innovation Zone, or iZone, [...]

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    Tools for Backyard Bug Hunters

    The other day, I stumbled upon a company whose products I thought my 7-year-old daughter would love, and I ordered a few items so we could try them out. As many readers know, we spend a lot of our summers exploring the insects in my parents’ Massachusetts backyard. Backyard Safari makes inexpensive products for families [...]

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    A “Napster Moment” in Education

    Digital education is like whitewater rafting. Or like the Napster era in music.  The two analogies were among many that came up yesterday as panelists considered the future of technology in education at a Scientific American and Macmillan Science & Education summit on “Learning in the Digital Age,” at Google’s New York headquarters. As a [...]

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    Budding Scientist Projects: Caterpillar Olympics

    My parents have an old birch tree in their backyard in Western Massachusetts. Each August, we watch a new generation of black-and-white hickory tussock moth caterpillars make its way down from the tree and toward the side of our house to weave cocoons. Last summer, there were so many of these fluffy creatures that they [...]

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    Encouraging More Minority Girls to Code

    Kimberly Bryant grew up in a single-parent family in the inner city of Memphis, Tennessee. Her career choice – electrical engineering – was an unconventional one in her community, but she found a role model in her older brother, a video game enthusiast whom she followed into an engineering major in college. After graduating from [...]

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    The Scientists With the Coolest Jobs [Livestream]

    As I recently told a crowd of science educators, I didn’t discover my own interest in science until I was an adult, at which point is was far too late to switch careers. Before then, I was a strict humanities person — a comparative literature major and then a journalist surrounded by friends and family [...]

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