Science in the News

Multilevel Science News Articles for Kids

Science in the News engages your students in the ever-changing world of science. Each issue features compelling news articles for kids 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, life-long literacy skill of reading the news.

Articles address current events in multiple areas of science, as well as technology and engineering. Activities in each issue ask students to respond to the reading and to demonstrate what they learned.

Past editions from the Science in the News archive provide additional reading resources for whole-group instruction or independent practice.

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Front cover shows a student holding a science fair trophy.

Teen Scientist Wins Challenge

May 2024
  • Special Soap May Treat Skin Cancer
  • Science News Flashes
  • How Do Whales Sing?
  • Sea Turtles Break Records

Past Issues


Front cover shows a flower with a line down the middle. The petals look yellow on one side and pink on the other side.

Scientists Create “Animal-Vision” Video Tool

April 2024
  • Japan Joins Moon Landing Club
  • Strong Quake Lifts Japanese Coast
  • Trillions of Cicadas Prepare to Sing Together
  • Researchers Clean Up Laundry Pollution
Front cover shows how a solar eclipse looked over time in the sky above a desert landscape.

World Awaits Solar Eclipse

March 2024
  • Can Farmers Save Axolotls?
  • Pond Turns Pink!
  • The Many Faces of Cats
Front cover shows three scientists watching lava spray into the air above a volcano.

Iceland Rocked by Earthquakes and Volcano

February 2024
  • Glasses Help People "Hear"
  • Sea Stars Are Just Heads
  • Electric School Buses Park with Power
Front cover shows a group of pink flamingos flying through the sky. Each bird flaps its wings and stretches its long neck forward.

Surprise! Flamingos in the United States!

January 2024
  • A Face from the Past
  • Croc Communication
  • AI and Human Brain Team Up


Front cover shows an all-brown baby giraffe standing with its spotted mother.

Zoo Welcomes Unique Giraffe

November 2023
  • Ancient Whale Tips the Scales
  • India Makes History on the Moon
  • Montana Youths Win Big
  • Question Mark in Space Sparks Questions

Short, green, leafy plants grow in rocky soil. The sky above is blue.

Stressed Plants Scream It Out

October 2023
  • Female Hunters Get the Job Done
  • Music Fans Shake Stadium
  • Oyster Shells Make a Difference
  • Early Mammal Hunts Big Dinner

Front cover shows Spot the robot dog craning its long neck to shine its flashlight in a factory.

Robot Dogs Speak Using ChatGPT

September 2023
  • Canada’s Wildfires: A Global Concern
  • Wall Lizards Smell Trouble
  • Small Satellites, Big Storms

Front cover shows a wide, deep crack in a brown dirt field. The crack stretches far into the distance.

A New Ocean in Africa?

May 2023
  • Laser Helps Control Lightning
  • Snakes Can Hear You Scream
  • Scientists Discover Ring Around Dwarf Planet
  • A New Spin on Earth's Core

Front cover shows a small green frog sitting on top of a large green leaf. The frog blends in so well with the leaf that it is very hard to see.

Glass Frogs Vanish at Night

April 2023
  • The Secret to Roman Concrete
  • Visit a Geothermal Bakery
  • Bumblebees Play Ball
  • What Is a Water Battery?

Dig Finds Unknown Egyptian Queen

March 2023
  • Two Volcanoes Erupt in Hawaii
  • Can a Spiderweb Hold a Bird?
  • Orion Capsule Returns Safely to Earth

The Science of Spicy Food

February 2023
  • Crab Eyes Inspire New Kind of Camera
  • Movement Breaks Help Brain and Body
  • Quiet Animals Surprise with Sounds
  • Blowhole Energy: The Wave of the Future?

People Toss Pufflings Into the Sea

January 2023
  • Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to New ALS Medicine
  • DART Changes Asteroid's Orbit
  • Malaria Vaccine Offers New Hope


Giant Tortoise Is Not Extinct!

November 2022
  • Sponges Sneeze, Too!
  • Astronauts Plan to Go Back to the Moon
  • NASA Reveals Spooky Astronomy Sounds

New Telescope Looks Way Back in Time and Space

October 2022
  • Space Inventions Help on Earth
  • When Bees Go to Bed, Moths Go to Work
  • Tower Uses Sunlight to Make Jet Fuel

Huge Floods Hit Yellowstone National Park

September 2022
  • Siblings Fight Plastic Pollution
  • Dolphins Use Coral Reef as Medicine Cabinet
  • Scientists Play with 3D-Printed Foods

Fish Drive Cars for Science!

May 2022
  • The Science of a Finger Snap
  • DNA Evidence Saves Problem Bear
  • Reusable Jelly Ice Cubes

The Volcano Heard Around the World

April 2022
  • Pig Heart Gives Man More Time
  • Next-Gen Telescope Reaches Space
  • The First True Millipede

The Science of Tornadoes

March 2022
  • Getting Tough on Lead
  • Feeding Florida's Manatees
  • Amazing Bacteria Gobble Up Electricity

Global Climate Meeting Leads to New Agreements

February 2022
  • Scooping Up Ocean Garbage
  • Orbiting Without Astronauts
  • Mussels Make Waterproof Glue

Saving the World's Largest Trees from Fires

January 2022
  • Playing Outdoors Helps with Health
  • Oldest Human Footprints in the Americas!
  • Tiny Flying Machines


Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and the Moderna Vaccine

November 2021
  • Mining Metals from Plants
  • Can Drones Control Pests?
  • How Chemistry Helped Violins

Jumping Spiders Surprise Scientists

October 2021
  • COVID Virus Changes into New Forms
  • Beavers Build Better Deserts
  • Make Your Own Microscope with LEGOs!

Billions of Cicadas Are Back!

September 2021
  • Bike Sharing Is Caring
  • Trouble for the Hubble Telescope
  • Making Fuel from Water and Sunlight

Bricks from Mushrooms and Plastic?

May 2021
  • The First Helicopter on Mars!
  • Healthy Reefs Sound Good
  • Protecting the World's Smallest Reptile

Cats to Insects: Bug Off!

April 2021
  • How Do Dogs See the World?
  • Windows Made of Wood!
  • Volcano Erupts Again
  • A Very Old Snack Bar

COVID-19 Vaccines Roll Out

March 2021
  • A Telescope to Remember
  • Dung Helps Honeybees
  • Caves Hold Clues to the Past

Punching an Asteroid for Science!

February 2021
  • It's Easy Being Green!
  • Scientists Discover "Skyscraper Reef"
  • The Coolest Paint Around

Scientists Discover 'Scissors' for Genes

January 2021
  • The Science of Wildfires
  • A Dog's Nose Knows
  • A New Kind of Plane


Stonehenge: What Was the Source of the Stones?

November 2020
  • Lizards Hang On During Hurricanes
  • Turning Used COVID-19 Masks into Fuel?

The Race for a Vaccine

October 2020
  • Shark Has Tiny Teeth...on Its Eyes!
  • Mysterious Fossil = Giant Egg

SpaceX Sends Astronauts into Space

September 2020
  • COVID-19—Back to School
  • NASA Honors Mary W. Jackson

COVID-19: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

May 2020
  • Unsinkable Metal!
  • Giant Fighting Turtles

Using Data to Up Your Game

April 2020
  • Whales Dive Deep on Two Heartbeats
  • Puerto Rico Rocked by Earthquakes

Australia's Wildfires Harm Animals and Their Habitats

March 2020
  • Famous Waterfall Reduced by Drought
  • Can a Toilet Clean Itself?
  • Inflatable Space Lodge to Orbit the Moon
  • How Blind People "See" Sound

People Are Charged Up About Electric Cars

February 2020
  • World's Oldest Baby Bottles
  • Ancient Trilobites Moved in Groups
  • Zebra Stripes Keep Flies Away

Top Science Stories of 2019

January 2020
  • Students Take a Stand on Climate Change
  • Amazon on Fire!
  • New Species of 2019
  • Moon News
  • Robots Gain New Skills


3D Printing: The Future of Food?

November 2019
  • Six Fingers Perform Better than Five
  • Water Bears on the Moon!
  • Small Bacteria, Big Discovery

Spiders Follow Their Rivals

October 2019
  • Whispering Whales
  • HouseZero: Energy Hero
  • Solar Sail Rides on Sunlight

Fossils Tell Story of Dino-Killing Asteroid

September 2019
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Solar Flares
  • Fish Robot Powered by Fake Blood
  • Watermelon Was on Ancient Egyptians' Menu

Black Hole Caught on Camera

July 2019
  • NASA Studies Twin Astronauts
  • Does Your Cat Know Its Name?
  • Green Products at Your Doorstep

Flying Cars on the Horizon

May 2019
  • Meet the World's Largest Bee
  • Curbing Mosquitoes' Thirst for Blood
  • How to Make a Rubber Band Fly

Earthquake App to Protect L.A.

April 2019
  • Solving the Mystery of Hagfish Slime
  • Off-Road Adventure for All
  • New Plant Cleans Indoor Air

What's Inside the Red Planet?

March 2019
  • Geckos Walk on Water!
  • Shape-Shifting Solar Panels?
  • How Wombats Poop in Cubes

Sound Wars! Moths vs. Bats

February 2019
  • Astronauts Survive Emergency Landing
  • Two Moons over China?
  • Hologram Teachers!

Top Science Stories of 2018

January 2019
  • Plastic: The Trash That Lasts
  • Student Invention Finds Microplastics
  • New Species of 2018!
  • Thank You, Stephen Hawking
  • These Scientists are Winners


Finding Lost Giants

November 2018
  • Transformer Tires!
  • Monkeys Chill in Hot Springs
  • TV at Your Fingertips

Flying Like Iron Man

October 2018
  • Spiders Use Electricity to Take Off
  • Liquid Water on Mars!
  • Deep Divers Have a Special Spleen

Volcanoes: Special Edition

September 2018
  • Hot Spot Turns Up the Heat in Hawaii
  • Volcano of Fire Erupts in Guatemala
  • Geyser Picks Up Steam in Yellowstone

Penguin Supercolony!

July 2018
  • Volcano Erupts in Hawaii!
  • Fossil Found in Mississippi Mud
  • Hot-Pepper Headaches
  • A Whale of a Rainbow

World's Most Powerful Rocket Takes Off!

May 2018
  • Drool Is Cool for Blowflies
  • Ant Medics to the Rescue!
  • Eco-Friendly Glitter

Meteor Causes Mysterious Flash and Boom

April 2018
  • "Firehawks" Smoke Out Prey
  • Crafty Crows Make Hooks
  • Contact Lens for People with Diabetes

Take a Bite Out of Plastic Waste

March 2018
  • Scientists Make Plants "Pass Out"
  • Making a Stronger Space Suit
  • Turning Off Lights Helps Baby Sea Turtles

Young Scientist Invents Test for Water Safety

February 2018
  • First "Alien" Neighbor Pays a Visit!
  • Baby Bats Sound Like the Crowd
  • Sense of Smell: Better at Bedtime

Top Science Stories of 2017

January 2018
  • The Wrath of Hurricanes in 2017
  • Mexico Suffers Strong Quakes
  • Meet the New Species of 2017!
  • Large Iceberg Breaks Free


All Aboard the World's Fastest Trains

November 2017
  • Tooth Troubles? Check Your Jaw
  • New Flower Is True Blue
  • 3-2-1 Liftoff! Weightless for a Day

Coral Gardening Helps Reefs Grow Back

October 2017
  • Sweet News: Less Sugar = Better Health in Two Weeks
  • No More Ouch with New Vaccine Patch
  • Bee "Hotels" Help Pollinators

Flamingo Balancing Act

September 2017
  • How Fidget Spinners Work
  • Early Artists Chose Caves with Echoes
  • Cassini's Grand Finale

Total Eclipse of the Sun!

July 2017
  • It's Knot That Simple
  • Early Birds Get the Better Breakfast
  • The Buzz on Pollinating Drones

BONUS VIDEO: In this video, scientists explain how the Earth, Moon, and Sun line up during a solar eclipse.

Cute Machine Cleans Up

May 2017
  • So Much Stuff!
  • A Hidden Continent
  • Warm Flowers for Cold Bees

What a View! Four Planets Orbit a DIstant Star

April 2017
  • Later School Start = More Sleep
  • Arizona Desert Is "Cracking Up"
  • Hard-to-Comb Hair: It's in the Genes

Go or No-Go? Self-Driving Cars

March 2017
  • Dinosaur Tail Found in Amber
  • Horses Ask for Help
  • Rhode Island Wind Farm Is a First

Bird Poop Keeps Arctic Cool

February 2017
  • Record-Breaking Female Astronaut Going Strong
  • Rats Are Ticklish, Too!
  • Smart Earpiece Translates Languages

Top Science Stories of 2016

January 2017
  • Happy Birthday to U.S. National Parks
  • Zika Virus Continues to Spread
  • Meet the New Species of 2016
  • Job Well Done, Rosetta
  • Five-Second Rule Ruled Out


The Science of a Sneeze

November 2016
  • Girl Invents Glitter Cannon
  • Roach Milk in Your Cereal?
  • Octobot Moves Without Batteries

Koala Crossing Ahead!

October 2016
  • Hunt for Helium Pays Off
  • Don't Eat the Cookie Dough!
  • Why People Love Pokémon GO

Juno is a Go!

September 2016
  • Watermelon Snow is No Picnic
  • Snout Jelly Helps Sharks Find Prey
  • It's True...There's a New Blue!

Glow-in-the-Dark Animals

July 2016
  • Use Your Spoon—and Eat It, Too!
  • A Moon for Makemake
  • Doodle On! Drawing Helps Memory

Blowing Bubbles Is No Trouble

May 2016
  • Veggie-Eating Spiders
  • The Buzz on the Best Anti-Bug Bulb
  • Doctor's Advice: A Hand Sandwich

Space: It's a Mess Out There

April 2016
  • Water Bears "Wake Up"
  • You Otter Get a Better Wet Suit!
  • Greener View, Better Grades

Spiderman, You Can't Do That!

March 2016
  • A New Ninth Planet?
  • Glasses for Some Special Bug Eyes
  • Now Even Your Shoes Are "Smart"

Global Climate Meeting Makes History

February 2016
  • Bees Use Their Heads to Get Pollen
  • Solving a Sticky Situation
  • Giving Mountain Goats a Lift

Top Science Stories of 2015

January 2016
  • New Species Discovered in 2015
  • Record-Breaking Hurricane Was a Gentle Giant
  • Flowing Water on Mars
  • Pluto's Big Year
  • New Battery May Change How You Charge


Martians--Right Here on Earth!

November 2015
  • Warmer Climate, Bigger Mosquitoes
  • Cats Are More Independent than Dogs
  • New Car May Be Faster than a Speeding Sound Wave!

Killer Fungus Threatens World Banana Crop

October 2015
  • Conserving Water with Shade Balls
  • Astronauts Eat Their Veggies!
  • Classic Campfire Is Still the Best

Hello, Pluto!

September 2015


  • New Horizons Reaches Pluto
  • Clyde Tombaugh
  • Meet the Moons!
  • Our Favorite Non-Planet

What Makes Lost Lake 'Vanish' Every Year?

July 2015
  • Whoosh! Salmon Catch a Lift
  • Spacecraft Gets a Wake-Up Call
  • Tracking a Great White Shark!
  • Zebrafish Produce Sunscreen
  • Turning Plastic Trash into Almost Anything

Enjoy this special six-page summer edition!

Dogs Can 'Read' Your Face

May 2015
  • New Fabric Generates Electricity
  • Life May Exist on Saturn Moon
  • Eyelash Length is Just Right

The Science of Popcorn

April 2015
  • Home Sweet Magnetic Home
  • F-Shaped Holes Make a Better Violin
  • Say "Ow!" and Feel Better

BONUS VIDEO: In this video, a high-speed camera reveals the popping action of a single kernel of popcorn.

Wind Trees Generate Electricity

March 2015
  • Vampire Deer are Back
  • Spiders Can Help Monitor Pollution
  • Cloud Bacteria Have a Sweet Tooth

Magnetic Helmets to the Rescue

February 2015
  • Rover, Rover, Come on Over!
  • Return from Space Is a Bumpy Ride
  • Corals and Crabs Are BFFs

Top Science Stories of 2014

January 2015
  • Ebola Outbreak
  • Comet Landing a Success!
  • New Species of 2014
  • Winning Science


Racetrack Rocks Caught on the Move, Sharpshooting Fish Hits the Mark, Dandelion Weed Fills a Need, and What's That? Plants Listen for Danger

November 2014
Racetrack Playa in Death Valley got its name from long tracks left behind by rocks, some as big as boulders, that inexplicably move across the valley floor. This decades-old mystery was solved by scientists who caught the rocks in action. In other news, archerfish spit super accurate water jets to capture prey; rubber from dandelion roots will soon be used to make tires; and plants that hear the chewing of hungry caterpillars produce a chemical that keeps the herbivores from eating so much.

Grizzly Bears May be Reintroduced into Historic Range, Fit Kids Have More Brainpower, High-Tech Umbrella Measures Rain, and Supernova Leaves Behind Zombie Star

October 2014
Grizzly bears once roamed much of the western United States. Now, these big, brown bears live only in small parts of just four of the lower 48 states. A conservation group wants to change this by reintroducing grizzlies into suitable habitat in several western states. In other news, exercise strengthens the brain by improving memory and concentration; a new high-tech umbrella sensor allows citizen scientists to measure rainfall; and a weak supernova leaves behind a zombie star that appears to rise from the dead.

Fist Bumps Spread Fewer Germs, Tracking Animals from Space, NASA's New Space Suit, and Mysterious Craters Spark Theories

September 2014
From keyboards to doorknobs to phones, our hands are in constant contact with the world around us, which transfers bacteria and viruses to and from our hands. New research shows that fist-bumping spreads fewer germs than handshakes and may be the healthier way to say hello. In other news, satellite cameras are now powerful enough to photograph animals from space; NASA has created a new space suit that is both functional and fashionable; and mysterious craters in Russia were most likely caused by methane gas exploding from the ground.

Kangaroos Make Earth-Friendly Gas, A World-Class Soccer Ball Takes the Field, Plant Reflects Sound to Attract Bats, Fluid Recycling on Trip to Mars, and Gigantic Dino Discovered

July 2014
Large grazing animals, such as cattle, produce and release large amounts of methane gas as part of the digestive process. Methane is a greenhouse gas that causes climate change. Interestingly, the Australian version of a large grazing animal--the kangaroo--produces very little methane. The kangaroo's Earth-friendly gas may help scientists make "greener" cows! In other news, the new World Cup soccer ball gets put to the test; satellite-dish shaped leaves help a plant attract bats; trips to Mars are made possible by recycling urine; and the largest known species of dinosaur has recently been discovered in Argentina.

Enjoy this special six-page summer edition!

Tree Snakes Change Shape to Get Air, Ants Battle for Territory, Google Glass Tracks Disease, and Melting Permafrost Reveals Secrets

May 2014
Snakes don't seem like natural flyers. They are skinny and wingless. However, paradise tree snakes can fly from tree to tree by spreading their ribs and flattening their bodies. This new shape is similar to that of an airplane wing and generates lift, keeping the snakes aloft. In other news, crazy ants are outcompeting fire ants for territory; doctors are using Google Glass to diagnose and track disease; and an ancient virus was discovered in melting permafrost.

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,