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Elastic young minds extend uses of rubber bands
Young inventors stretched their minds and rubber bands to make music, launch baseballs and split Oreos in the Sixth Annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. Two first-place winners were selected for their inventions.

Contact: Denise Henry
University of Akron

Unexpected twist in evolution of flightless birds
Ratite birds, some of the largest flightless birds, live all over the world, and now a new study published in the May 23 issue of the journal Science suggests they spread so far over not because big landmasses split up, forcing their separation, but because their ancestors flew far and wide. It was only after separating, this study says, that most members of this group lost the ability to fly.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fresh look at a young star cluster
If you're lucky enough to have enjoyed a really dark sky, far from the light pollution in cities and towns, you might have seen the Milky Way arching majestically across the night sky. Nine out of 10 people will never see this sight, because light pollution in towns and cities blocks out light from the stars. But this new photograph gives you a close up look at part of the Milky Way filled with hot, young stars.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Ideaventions collaborates with Ursinus College to produce innovative BRAiN program
Ideaventions, an Oakton, Va.-based science enrichment program, is proud to announce the debut of its BRAiN (Biomedical Research Academy in Neuroscience) experience, giving middle school students who stand apart from their peers, the opportunity to conduct 'original' neurological research under the supervision of a team of Ph.Ds.' and in collaboration with Ursinus College.

Contact: Sharon L. Wright

Stick bugs show that some evolution is predictable
If we could go back to the beginning of life on Earth -- or rewind 'the tape of life,' as scientists say -- would plants and animals evolve exactly the same way they did? Or would it have all gone differently? It's a question that researchers have been trying to answer for a long time.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cosmic magnet mystery solved!
The universe is immeasurably large and filled with countless weird and wonderful objects, so it's not surprising that we're discovering new things about it all the time. But some new discoveries are more exciting than others -- like this week's discovery which solves a 35-year-old mystery: the mystery of the solitary magnetar.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Kickstart the universe: UNAWE crowdfund to send astronomy educational resources around the globe
Leiden University's Universe Awareness educational program has launched an innovative Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this week at the 13th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology in Brazil. The campaign will support the efforts of Universe Awareness to share the educational toolkit, Universe in a Box, with underprivileged communities around the world.

Contact: Pedro Russo
Leiden University

Materials that heal themselves
Imagine a material that can repair itself after a bullet passes through it. That's what Scott White and colleagues have designed. Until now, polymer materials, or materials made of large molecules that are, in turn, made up of small, repeating subunits, have only been engineered to repair very small defects. But these researchers have improved the self-healing properties of polymer materials to the point that they can now automatically patch holes in themselves that are 3 centimeters in diameter.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

UW building teleoperated robots for disaster response in national challenge
University of Washington electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. They are working with a team of eight other organizations as part of the SmartAmerica Challenge, an initiative to encourage new technologies that help society in our increasingly connected world.

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Researchers using speed of video game processors to improve cancer patient care
Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care.

Contact: Patrick McGee
UT Southwestern Medical Center

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