Science moves through thousands of different studies, each taking a different angle on the big questions facing us. Who can keep track of it all?
Sewing old and young mice together. Killing crabby zombie cells (but not all of them). A biotech CEO who becomes a guinea pig for her company’s anti-aging gene therapy. And the amazingly long lifespan of ... squirrels.
Not every high school student gets a chance to visit the White House. Even fewer have the opportunity to participate in important conversations with influential STEM leaders while there.
In 2014, Zarin Rahman did just that. She visited the White House and participated in a panel discussion on empowering women and young girls in STEM.
The White House Science Fair, started by President Obama, acknowledges and celebrates young researchers by inviting them to present their STEM pursuits at the White House.
The White House Science Fair shows "tremendous progress for the scientific community, in a society that showers primarily athletes with praise," said Raina Jain, who attended the first fair in 2010.
You probably look up words several times a day, whether on your smartphone, computer, or maybe even a print dictionary. It can also help to see real-world examples of how words are used in sentences.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary uses Science News reporting as examples for many of its definitions.
What makes Science News must-read science writing? The deep expertise of its journalists, for one thing. Many are former Ph.D. scientists. And some even publish breakthrough research — like Science News astronomy writer Chris Crockett’s recent paper on discovering one of the youngest Jupiter-mass exoplanets ever found near a newly formed star.
Science News in High Schools is a unique program for teachers and students. It keeps educators up-to-date on the latest science through expert journalism. The magazine serves as a great resource for research and discussion. And the program comes with an Educator Guide to quickly integrate the magazine into the life of the classroom.
Three Science News writers will answer your questions about aging on Reddit Science on Tuesday, July 26 at 3 p.m.
The Q&A session is an Ask Me Anything, or AMA, on Reddit. The session will focus on the recent Science News issue that explored the science of aging. But readers are welcome to pose any question to our writers.
The writers participating include:
"Science fair helped me discover my career path," said Karan Jerath.
Karan, a 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) finalist, studies oil spills and petroleum engineering at the University of Texas. He was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in the energy sector in 2016 — one of four Society alumni named to the list.
After Intel ISEF, Karan said new opportunities for continuing his research have opened up.
"Our nation is changing," said Mary Sue Coleman. "We need to shift to opening science up to underrepresented minorities."
Talent is everywhere, and talent needs opportunity, she said. "As leaders, we need to recognize that."