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18-Apr-2014
Feature Story
'Condor Watch' enlists public to help save California condors
Lead poisoning is a major cause of death for California condors, an endangered species. Scientists think photos taken by motion-activated cameras at condor feeding sites could give them clues about how lead poisoning spreads. But they have too many photos to analyze by themselves and have launched a web site to get help from the public.

Contact: Daizaburo Shizuka
dshizuka2@unl.edu
402-472-1544
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

17-Apr-2014
Feature Story
How to discover species (without killing them)
It's no surprise that newly discovered species (or even 'rediscovered' species that researchers had thought were extinct) often come from small, isolated populations. This fact means that these new species are already at risk -- but museums and private collectors can make these species' situation even worse, according to the authors of a Perspective article in this week's issue of Science.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

16-Apr-2014
Feature Story
Why you couldn't hide your spaceship in a nebula
You can't always believe what you see on TV; Star Trek, Star Wars and BattleStar: Galactica have all shown spaceships hiding inside thick, gassy nebulas in space. But this isn't quite realistic -- find out why.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

16-Apr-2014
Breaking News
Chemists celebrate Earth Day: Showcasing the scientists who keep our water safe (video)
Water is arguably the most important resource on the planet. In celebration of Earth Day, the American Chemical Society is showcasing three scientists whose research keeps water safe, clean and available for future generations. Geared towards elementary and middle school students, the 'Chemists Celebrate Earth Day' series highlights the important work that chemists and chemical engineers do every day. The videos are available at http://bit.ly/CCED2014.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society

12-Apr-2014
Feature Story
Solving the mystery of massive star birth
Like people, stars are born, they grow old and they die. Small and medium-sized stars, we know, are born in enormous clouds of cold gas and cosmic dust known as nebulae. But what about the most massive stars? Scientists think they've found a clue to help us solve the mystery of massive star birth.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

10-Apr-2014
Feature Story
How flies escape the swatter
Anyone who's ever swatted at a fly knows how fast the small, winged insects can be. Now, a new study shows how flies are able to make such quick escapes -- and the way they do it is not what researchers had expected.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

7-Apr-2014
Breaking News
Why do we get allergies? The science of springtime sniffling and sneezing (video)
Spring has sprung, and with it comes blooming flowers, shorts and t-shirts and, if you're one of the millions who suffer from allergies, a runny nose, puffy eyes and general misery. In the American Chemical Society's latest Reactions video, we explain the science behind the allergies that spoil spring for so many people. The video is available at http://youtu.be/vFZlxQU0Pyk.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society

31-Mar-2014
Breaking News
Periodic puns: Chemistry jokes just in time for April Fools' Day (video)
It's almost April Fools' Day, and the American Chemical Society's Reactions video series is celebrating with an episode featuring our favorite chemistry jokes. Which two elements look cute together? Why is father water concerned about his 'iced out' son? What do you get when you combine sulfur, tungsten and silver? Get all the punchlines in the latest Reactions episode, available online.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society

24-Mar-2014
Breaking News
AMS to publish its first math book for children
The American Mathematical Society, one of the world's leading publishers of mathematical literature, will release its first-ever mathematics book for children in May 2014. The book, 'Really Big Numbers' by Richard Evan Schwartz of Brown University, is the latest children's math book from this author.

Contact: Mike Breen
paoffice@ams.org
401-455-4109
American Mathematical Society

17-Mar-2014
Breaking News
International Journal of Play
Strengthening learning in children: Get outside and play
Researchers examine a growing worldwide trend in building early childhood learning, motor skills and a love for nature.

Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati

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