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    Anna Kuchment is a Contributing Editor at Scientific American and a staff science writer at The Dallas Morning News. She 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.
  • Last-Minute Science Gifts For Kids


    These books, movies and experiences are some of my family’s favorites from the last year. All are gettable by Christmas at either,, or at your local bookstore and aquarium. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, these will help you pass the time before school starts up again in January. Happy New Year! Face [...]

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    Girls With a Plan to Ease World Hunger Win Top Science Award

    A chance observation about warts on a pea plant led a trio of teenagers on a three-year mission to solve the world food crisis. Their perseverance earned them top honors at the annual Google Science Fair in Mountain View, California. Emer Hickey, 16, Ciara Judge, 16, and Sophie Healy–Thow, 17, of Kinsale, Ireland won the [...]

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    7 Amazing Google Science Fair Projects

    Tonight, Google will announce the winners of its fourth annual Google Science Fair, which Scientific American co-sponsors. Watch the awards ceremony here live. The 15 global finalists, ages 13 to 18, set up their projects yesterday at Google headquarters in Mountain View California for judges and members of the public to see.  The grand prize [...]

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    Hooked on Metrics: Why Learning Can and Should Be Measured

    The following is a guest post by Scott Bennett, principal of eSTEM Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio When I first started teaching science 10 years ago, no one ever talked about achievement or thought about data. You just entered the classroom, taught and assumed what you were doing were the right things. One day, my principal [...]

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    Skulls, Bloodletting, and How to Teach Science

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    Jell-O Brains and DNA: High School Students Launch Innovative STEM Program

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    The following guest post is by Roy Rinberg, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. and an incoming freshman at New York University. He is co-founder of Project Building Excitement for Science and Technology (BEST), an afterschool program for junior high school students. My love of science, technology, engineering [...]

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    Texas Museum Loses Climate Change Display

    The hall at Dallas's Perot Museum of Nature and Science, where the missing panel was supposed to hang.

    Science museums are among the most trusted sources of information about the world around us. At their best, they offer fun, interactive, rich learning environments that surprise, inspire and enlighten their visitors. Readers of this blog know that my daughter and I spend hours at these places working on engineering projects, building bridges and ball [...]

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    Stop Lecturing Me (In College Science)!

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    College lecture classes have been around for more than 900 years. Lately, a handful of science and engineering professors have been experimenting with a more innovative way of teaching science, especially at the introductory level. The idea is to have students spend their class time solving problems and engaging in activities that are designed to [...]

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    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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