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Science in the News is your go-to product for fun and captivating content that allows your students to explore the fascinating, dynamic world of science news.

Written at three reading levels to allow for differentiated instruction, Science in the News provides opportunities to teach critical thinking, inquiry, and the genre-specific literacy skill of reading the news. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

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Crocs and Gators Climb Trees and Use Tools, 3-D Printing Helps Animals, Martian Mystery Solved, and Get Involved in Earth Day
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Crocs and Gators Climb Trees and Use Tools, 3-D Printing Helps Animals, Martian Mystery Solved, and Get Involved in Earth Day

April 2014
Tool use is considered a mark of intelligence. Crocodiles and alligators have joined the ranks of animals that demonstrate this special ability. They place sticks on their head to lure birds close to their mouth. As another sign of intelligence, crocs and gators can climb trees to spot prey and bask in the sun. In other news, 3-D printing technology is helping injured animals; the mystery of the martian "doughnut" rock was solved; and April 22 is Earth day. Get involved!

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Past Issues
New Uses for Robots and Drones, Bacteria Candy Helps Teeth, Bad Breath Scares Spiders, and Spacewalkers Repair Space Station

New Uses for Robots and Drones, Bacteria Candy Helps Teeth, Bad Breath Scares Spiders, and Spacewalkers Repair Space Station

March 2014
While they may seem like something from the future, robots and drones are becoming part of everyday life. From robots herding cattle to drones delivering pizza, new technology is making life easier for people. Some robots may even help save lives! In other news, a candy made of bacteria may prevent tooth decay, caterpillars with bad breath scare away hungry predators, and brave astronauts on the International Space Station donned spacesuits to make repairs.

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Student Invents New Sandbag, Whale Earwax Indicates Ocean Pollution, and Gears Help Insect Jump

Student Invents New Sandbag, Whale Earwax Indicates Ocean Pollution, and Gears Help Insect Jump

February 2014
Flooding causes severe damage to buildings and can be deadly. A clever 6th-grade student invented a new kind of sandbag to protect people and their houses. This sandbag is lightweight and, when wet, forms a waterproof barrier. In other news, whale earwax collects samples of seawater, providing a record of the ocean pollution the whale encounters. Working gears on some insects help them jump to great heights!

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Top Science Stories of 2013

Top Science Stories of 2013

January 2014
This special 6-page edition covers some of the biggest science stories of 2013: Voyager 1 left the Solar System and is now traveling in the uncharted territory of interstellar space; scientists discovered several new and fascinating species of plants and animals; a 7.7 magnitude earthquake caused a new island to form off the coast of Pakistan; a meteor exploded over Russia; and the most powerful land-based telescope became operational in Chile.

BONUS VIDEO: In this exciting video, astronomers describe the evidence that proves Voyager 1 is in interstellar space.

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Owlets Sleep Like Babies, The Sun is Flipping Out, Smart Glass Makes Instant Shade, and Sleepy People Eat More Junk Food

Owlets Sleep Like Babies, The Sun is Flipping Out, Smart Glass Makes Instant Shade, and Sleepy People Eat More Junk Food

November 2013
People aren't the only animals that have REM sleep. Barn owls also have REM sleep and, as with people, the babies spend more time in REM sleep than adults do. In other news, the Sun is in the middle of a solar maximum and its magnetic poles are reversing; smart glass can control the amount of light and heat coming through windows; and sleepy people favor junk food over healthy foods.

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Mini-Habitats on Ocean Trash, a Super Suit, Dolphins Remember Names, and Ice-Covered Canyon Discovered

Mini-Habitats on Ocean Trash, a Super Suit, Dolphins Remember Names, and Ice-Covered Canyon Discovered

October 2013
Tons of plastic trash is building up in Earth's oceans. Tiny microorganisms are taking advantage of this plastic by turning it into a new, unique habitat dubbed the plastisphere. In other news, the newly invented exosuit makes muscles stronger; dolphins can recognize the whistles of their old friends even after 20 years; and a grand canyon was found hiding under the ice in Greenland.

BONUS VIDEO: Show students a 3-D view of Greenland's hidden canyon with this fun animation!



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Cheetahs: Built for Speed and Agility, Doughnuts in Space, A Better Bandage, and Citizen Science

Cheetahs: Built for Speed and Agility, Doughnuts in Space, A Better Bandage, and Citizen Science

September 2013
The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth. But it turns out that their ability to change speed and direction in a flash may be more important to hunting than their speed. In other news, the Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Ring Nebula's true shape; copper bandages can prevent infection; and citizen science projects allow everyone to participate in learning about our world.

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Dark Lightning, Moving Continents, Hungry Plants, and Zero-Fuel Airplane

Dark Lightning, Moving Continents, Hungry Plants, and Zero-Fuel Airplane

August 2013
Scientists recently discovered that storm clouds can produce gamma radiation alongside bright lightning. We can't see or feel this dark lightning, but exposure to it could cause health problems. In other news, there is new evidence of Earth's continents being on the move, carnivorous plants detect their next meal by way of chemical signals, and Solar Impulse completes its record-breaking flight across the U.S.

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FlipperBot, Breath Prints, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite, and Lighter Than Air

FlipperBot, Breath Prints, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite, and Lighter Than Air

July 2013
A robot inspired by sea turtles is helping scientists learn how animals with flippers move so efficiently on sand. In other news, breath prints are as unique as fingerprints, a model leaf may help catch bedbugs before they bite, and ultra-light carbon aerogel may be useful for cleaning up oil spills.

BONUS VIDEO: Show students FlipperBot in action with this exciting video!



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Handedness in Marsupials, Mind-Controlled Headphones, Baby Planet, and Tadpole Tails

Handedness in Marsupials, Mind-Controlled Headphones, Baby Planet, and Tadpole Tails

June 2013
People and other primates show handedness but animals that crawl also have a preference for one paw over the other! In other news, high-tech headphones select songs based on your mood, astronomers spy a still-developing baby planet, and stress causes tadpoles to grow bigger tails.

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