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Taylor Wilson, 17, an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2011 finalist, explains his project to the President. Credit: White House

President Obama met with science leaders during the White House Science Fair this month. Among them were SSP President Elizabeth Marincola and SSP Board member Craig Barrett. They immediately flank the President. Credit: White House

Science at the White House

By Daniel Strain

The president of the United States invited some big winners to the White House. And no, they don’t play football.

February 7 marked the second White House Science Fair. About 100 middle school, high school and college students from across the country got a special invitation to spend the morning meeting with the president and his top scientists. Ten students who had competed in national academic challenges sponsored by Society for Science & the Public — or SSP, publisher of Science News and Science News for Kids — were among those honored. Some students even presented their projects to the president.

“If we invited the team that won the Super Bowl to the White House, then we need to invite some science fair winners as well,” President Obama said during a speech at the fair.

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Intel Science Talent Search names top 40 finalists 

By Devin Powell

Forty science-minded teens have made it to the final round of the nation's longest-running precollege science competition. As finalists in this year's Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public, the students are now vying for $630,000 in awards, including a top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.

In March, the young researchers will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with respected scientists and present their research projects to the public and a group of judges.

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Dogs can fetch and roll over in the snow without fear of frostbite, thanks to the arrangement of blood vessels in their paws. Credit: Dan Bennett

Read Science News for Kids to learn why dogs don't get frostbite on their paws

By Stephen Ornes

When playful pups skid across an icy pond or romp in a snowdrift, their paws plunge into frosty places. If people go barehanded and barefooted in such cold places, their skin may freeze in a painful condition called frostbite. Dogs frolic without fear of frostbite, and scientists from Japan say they've figured out why.

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