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Science News January 1, 2011
By Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public, from the January 1, 2011 issue of Science News
With this issue, Science News journeys into its 90th year. In 1921, Science Service was founded to share the unfolding new world of scientific discovery with America. Initially a mimeographed sheet known as the Science News-Letter, first published in 1922, the publication reported on such historic events and discoveries as the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in 1925 and the discovery of the DNA double helix in 1953. Over the decades, Science News thrived and evolved, as did its nonprofit parent organization. Science Service, now Society for Science & the Public, launched the world's most important science competitions for young people, including the Intel Science Talent Search (first as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to encourage and inspire students across the globe. Read More
One of Daniel Newmyer's students conducting research
Last year, for the first time in 14 years, Center High School in Colorado sent students to participate in the regional science fair. The school, located in the poorest school district in the state, surprised others and itself when its students won more than 20 awards. Additionally, two students qualified to compete at the state science fair and one qualified for I-SWEEEP, an international energy fair.
Daniel Newmyer, a science teacher at Center, made this possible through the SSP Fellowship, which enabled him to start an independent research program at the school. With generous support from Intel, the program provides funding and resources to educators who teach under-resourced students, such as the students at Center where 78% are economically disadvantaged. Daniel says their hard work and success sent a message to the community and the state: “When kids with that many challenges excel, something is being done right.”
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This image represents the evolution of the universe over its 13.7 billion years. Time increases from left to right, starting from the period of inflation to the present day. Credit: WMAP team/NASA
When the universe began … again
By Stephen Ornes
How old is the universe? Ask a cosmologist, and you’ll probably learn that the universe was born with the Big Bang about 13.7 billion years ago. (Cosmologists study the age of the universe.) At the time of the Big Bang, the universe, then smaller than an atom, started to get big — very quickly. It’s been growing ever since. Read More
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