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Intel STS 2013 Finalists

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Bound for Washington

Young researchers from 21 states have made it to the final stage of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, earning the chance to compete for a total of $630,000 in awards.

The finalists will visit Washington, D.C. next month to see the White House and other national landmarks, present their research at the National Geographic Society and be honored at a black-tie awards gala at the National Building Museum.

“We commend the 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists on their successes so far and look forward to watching them progress not only during the finals in Washington, but also in their future careers,” says Elizabeth Marincola, publisher of Science News and president of Society for Science & the Public, which has operated the competition since 1942. Read more...


A Swedish newborn takes part in an experiment in which rates of pacifier sucking indicated that babies can tell some native speech sounds from foreign ones within hours of birth. Credit: C. Moon

Babies may start to learn their mother tongues even before seeing their mothers’ faces. Newborns react differently to native and foreign vowel sounds, suggesting that language learning begins in the womb. Read more.


Atsuko Negishi holds a hagfish in one hand and its slime in the other. She studies the ooze in the lab of materials scientist David Fudge, at far right. Credit: Andra Zommers/University of Guelph

Big marine predators that try to snack on a hagfish get a nasty surprise. When threatened, the slender hagfish releases enough snotty goo to gag a shark. Read more.


Intel STS Student Initiative Badge 2013

SSP recently issued digital badges for the first time ever to Intel Science Talent Search entrants, semifinalists, and finalists. A select group also received Research Report and Scientific Initiative badges. Read more about the badging project on SSP's blog.

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Jack Andraka displaying his project at Intel ISEF 2012. Credit: SSP

Jack Andraka, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 top award winner and Broadcom MASTERS 2011 semifinalist, was invited to the State of the Union address as a guest of the President and First Lady. 

Janet Raloff at the South Pole. Credit: National Science Foundation

SSP's Successful Kickstarter Campaign Helps Send Science News to Antarctica

This winter, Society for Science & the Public launched its first fundraising drive through Kickstarter. The campaign raised more than $15,000 from 195 people in 15 days. The funding helped offset travel, lodging, protective gear, medical testing, and equipment for Science News and Science News for Kids staff writer Janet Raloff to travel to Antarctica and report on research being conducted there.

Read more on SSP's blog and check out some of Janet Raloff's stories about Antarctica on Science News and Science News for Kids.

Phoenix, AZ Convention Center

Volunteer Opportunities at Intel ISEF 2013 in Phoenix

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013 will be held May 12-17 in Phoenix, AZ. SSP seeks volunteers to serve as judges, interpreters, and to provide general support. Judges require a PhD, or Masters' degree with six years experience. Interpreters and volunteers do not require scientific training.

Contact SSP for more information.

Are you in Arizona and looking for fun science activities to attend? The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) being held now through March 17, 2013. The festival offers more than 300 events including expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held throughout the state.

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Clown fish raised in acidified waters don’t respond properly to smells. For example, they swim toward the scent of a predator instead of away from it. Credit: Simon Foale, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

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