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Student, 16, progresses experimental way to kill cancer with gold nano 'bullets,' marvels experts
Cutting edge research into an experimental therapy that deploys nano-particles of gold in the fight against cancer earned a Canadian high school student, 16, top national honours today in the 2013 "Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada." India-born Arjun Nair, 16, a Grade 11 student from Calgary, Alberta, was awarded the top prize of $5,000 by a panel of eminent Canadian scientists assembled at the Ottawa headquarters of the National Research Council of Canada.
Computer scientists develop video game that teaches how to program in Java
Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an immersive, first-person player video game designed to teach students in elementary to high school how to program in Java, one of the most common programming languages in use today. The researchers tested the game on a group of girls who had never been exposed to programming before. They detailed findings in a paper they presented at the SIGCSE conference in March in Denver.
iPhone app supports parents, helps teens become safer drivers
Book after book has been written to help parents know what to expect when they are expecting, how to handle the terrible twos, and how to talk about the birds and the bees. Now the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and the Center for the Study of Young Drivers have developed a smartphone app that provides guidance to parents when their teen reaches another important milestone: learning to drive.
New American Chemical Society video explores the chemistry of egg dyeing
With millions of eggs about to have their annual encounter with red, green, blue and other dyes this holiday weekend, the American Chemical Society today released a new video that will egg people on in discovering the chemistry that underpins the process. The video is at www.BytesizeScience.com.
Museum exhibit developed at Harvard SEAS puts evolution at visitors' fingertips
Visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Mass., and three other US museums can experience and interact with a computerized tabletop exhibit that teaches them about evolution and the history of life on Earth. The result of a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation, the multitouch surface and programming allow museum visitors to zoom and scroll through the Tree of Life, the immense tree diagram biologists use to represent the evolutionary history of millions of related species.
National Science Foundation
Journal of School Nursing
Teen mentors inspire healthier choices in younger children
The results of an eight-week clinical trial conducted by Ohio State University researchers suggest that school systems could consider using teen mentors to instruct younger children in select health-related programs.
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Computers predict basketball national championship
When Georgia Tech opens the doors to the Georgia Dome next month as the host institution for the 2013 Final Four, expect third-seeded Florida to walk out as the national champion. That's the prediction from Georgia Tech's Logistic Regression/Markov Chain college basketball ranking system, a computerized model that has chosen the men's basketball national champ in three of the last five years.
Food and Nutrition Sciences
College kids who don't drink milk could face serious consequences
College-age kids who don't consume at least three servings of dairy daily are three times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who do, said a new University of Illinois study. "That alarming finding means that three-fourths of the 18- to 25-year-old college applicants surveyed are at risk for metabolic syndrome ," said Margarita Teran-Garcia, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition.
US Department of Agriculture, and more
Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up?
Researchers in the UK have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word. The work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will help psychologists unravel the subtle thinking mechanisms involved in reading, and could provide solutions for helping people who find it difficult to read, for example in conditions such as dyslexia.
Economic and Social Research Council
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Boys are right-handed, girls are left...
Well at least this is true for sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and grey short-tailed opossums (Monodelphis domestica), finds an article in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, and shows that handedness in marsupials is dependent on gender. This preference of one hand over another has developed despite the absence of a corpus collosum, the part of the brain which in placental mammals allows one half of the brain to communicate with the other.
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