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August 2013, Issue 8 volume 4


Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists Announced

SSP and Broadcom Foundation announced the 300 semifinalists for the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS on August 7. Semifinalists come from 253 middle schools in 43 states and represent 123 science fairs across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS after placing in the top 10% at their SSP-affiliated science fair. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Congratulations to the semifinalists! Read the official press release or view the full listing of semifinalists, by state.


New observations suggest that colliding neutron stars (shown in this artist's conception) produce short gamma-ray bursts.  Credit: Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital, Inc.

Gold seen in neutron star collision debris: Material ejected in gamma-ray bursts may be source of heavy elements. Read more.


A growing number of studies suggest that for everyday hygiene, washing hands with regular soap and water is best. Frequently using soaps or sanitizers with antibacterial chemicals can kill too many germs, which might foster life-threatening allergies. Credit: iStockphoto

Wash your hands! That familiar piece of advice helps prevent the spread of disease. Good old soap and water remove the bacteria, viruses and other germs that can make you sick. But is it possible to be too clean? Read more.


Applications are currently being accepted for The Future: Powered by Fiction competition. Win $1,000 for your science fiction story, essay, comic, or video that explores the kinds of futures we want to work toward together!

alumni updates


Robert Lynch was a finalist in the original Science Talent Search held in 1942. Due to his participation in STS, Robert won a scholarship to a local college and went on to become a clinical biochemist at the Medical College of Virginia. Read more about his experiences on SSP's blog.


Applications Open for Intel Science Talent Search

Intel STS 2013 top winners. Credit: SSP

Applications for the Intel Science Talent Search opened August 1, 2013! If you are a high school senior in the United States conducting independent scientific research, please take the opportunity to apply. Verified entrants will receive shareable digital badges that recognize their achievements and the effort required in completing the application.

Annually, more than 1,700 high school seniors from around the country conduct independent science, math or engineering research and complete an entry for the Intel STS. The Intel STS recognizes 300 student semifinalists and their schools by awarding each $1,000. Forty student finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, and meet with notable scientists and government leaders. Each year, Intel STS semifinalists and finalists compete for $1.25 million in awards, with a top award of $100,000.

Check out this video about applying to the Intel STS!

Coming Soon...Our New Look

This fall, in addition to an upgraded website, SSP's newsletters will be getting a new look and feel. Be on the lookout for your newly designed SSP e-newsletter!

Our new website will better integrate our educational competitions and other activities with our Science News family of publications. We hope this new look will enable you to more easily access the news, resources, and information you depend on from SSP. The new site will be optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop viewing, allowing SSP to provide information in formats better designed to reach a mobile and tech-savvy audience.

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Wild bottlenose dolphins respond to hearing their “signature whistles.” These individual, high-pitched tunes appear to serve as the animals’ names. Credit: Courtesy of V. Janik, University of St. Andrews

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