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Coming Soon...Science News for Kids becomes Science News for Students

As part of SSP’s move to a new website this fall, Science News for Kids will be renamed Science News for Students. This new name addresses our increasing focus on providing more resources aimed at curricula in today’s classrooms. But its cool and pithy approach to reporting on cutting edge research will remain the same. In addition to the name change, the website will continue to bulk up its "For Educators" section and will introduce a new blog focusing on excellence in student scientific research.

Science News for Students will continue to provide the quality experience that readers of Science News for Kids have come to expect by featuring engaging, well-written and well-researched stories that not only inform but also entertain. Read more.

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Using a high-speed camera to record neck vibrations, scientists can capture a person's voice without a microphone. Credit: Courtesy of Yasuhiro Oikawa

Eavesdroppers might not have to lip-read to listen in on a far-off conversation. Using a high-speed camera pointed at the throat, scientists can decipher a person’s words without relying on a microphone. Read more.


A robot built to mimic the movements of a cownose ray takes a dip. Credit: Norm Shafer

The goal of mimicking some biological adaptation may be simply to better understand how a living thing has mastered its world. Other times, researchers want to use what they learn from animals to make robots that can do important and useful jobs — ones that people can’t do. 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


Dave Deamer, selected as one of the top ten finalists at the Science Talent Search in 1957, is now a Research Professor in Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Read more about his experiences on SSP's blog.


Kickstarter Campaign Raises More than $8,000 for Science News for Kids

Thanks to our generous donors, Society for Science & the Public's recent Kickstarter campaign raised $8,761. That's more than $3,700 beyond our initial goal!

The funds enable us to finish categorizing our archived stories this summer and work with teachers to make our "News in the Classroom" page current in time for back to school in September. Donor support helps ensure that Science News for Kids content is available free of charge to anyone, helping to create a more scientifically literate world.

NIDA Offers Tips on Sponsoring Awards at Intel ISEF

Winners of NIDA's Addiction Science Awards at Intel ISEF 2013. Credit: SSP

Intel ISEF is a great way to get the name and mission of your organization in front of the bright young minds, who will no doubt one day be running the world.  

The challenge for government agencies is finding a funding source for the cash part of the award---since we have budgetary and regulatory restrictions on this kind of funding.The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a lot of money. NIDA offers a total of $5,000, split among the 3 winners. NIDA is lucky to have a relationship with Friends of NIDA, a private sector partner that provides the award money. A good place for a government agency to start would be to educate private sector partners about the benefits of participating in an event like Intel ISEF. I would let partners know about the purpose and reach of the fair, and how it exposes future leaders to their organization. While agencies cannot directly solicit the funds, they can offer to provide judges if a private sector group wants to participate. Read more.

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This car picked up plenty of bug splatter on an 8-hour trip from New York to Maine, last year. But a new paint is being developed that would make it hard for such insect carcasses to stick. Credit: Oliver Rich

Highlights from Science News for Kids 

  • Wanted: Smart cleaners:
    Active surfaces will, on their own, help remove everything from insects and germs to posions
  • An itch switch:
    Scientists identify a chemical that helps the brain know where to scratch
  • Pee is for power:
    The water in urine can be a source of hydrogen for electrical generators
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