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Can Children Teach Themselves?

Sugata Mitra gave street kids in a slum in New Delhi access to a computer connected to the Internet, and found that they quickly taught themselves how to use it.

February 27, 2013 — Fred Guterl

A Visit to an India Full of Science and Engineering

I am writing this to you from New Delhi, India as I am here with the International Reporting Project as a New Media Specialist! We have been in the crowded, bustling, port city of Mumbai, the central city of Nagpur (home of several tiger refuges), the rural village area of Gadchiroli, and finally to the modern city of New Delhi in order to examine issues of child survival...

February 26, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

Agave pollen in honey

Image of the Week #81, February 26th, 2013: From: Bees under the Microscope by Charles Crookenden at the Guest Blog .

February 26, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Tragedy in New Zealand: Dozens of Critically Endangered Birds Dead, Cause Unknown

Efforts to save the critically endangered shore plover from extinction in New Zealand have suffered a major setback: nearly 60 of the birds have died due to unknown causes, reducing the world population of the species to just 200.Shore plovers (also known as shore dotterels or Tuturuatu, Thinornis novaeseelandiae ) lived on both of New Zealand's main islands before European settlers introduced cats and rats that nearly eradicated the species during the nineteenth century...

February 26, 2013 — John R. Platt

Your Brain on Cookies

I have decided that one of the ways I will utilize this new blog space is to comic-ify other SciAm posts. This week, I felt inspired by Scicurious's post about food "addictions:" Of course I'm stressed, I'm in cookie withdrawal.To study the withdrawal-like effects of stopping a high fat diet, researchers took two groups of mice -- one that had been on a low fat diet for 6 weeks, and one that had been on a high fat diet for 6 weeks...

February 26, 2013 — Katie McKissick

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