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IN THIS ISSUe: Intel isef 2012 winners announced, Nobel Prize winners give advice to intel isef finalists, and more


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Scientists using Earth-based experiments to detect particles of dark matter might now know why they keep coming up empty-handed: There may be no dark matter in the solar neighborhood. Read More.


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Skeletal remains of ancient human relatives found in Indonesia are challenging some long-accepted truths about evolution. Read more.



Applications for the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS are due by June 18, 2012. Read more.


Winners of the top prizes at the Intel 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair celebrate at a ceremony on May 18. From left, Ari Dyckovsky, first place winner Jack Andraka and Nicholas Schiefer. Credit: Patrick Thornton, SSP

Winners of the 2012 Intel ISEF show the promise of science for improving the world

By Devin Powell

New ways to detect cancer, search online social networks and link atoms using quantum physics took the highest honors this week at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

The event, which is the world’s largest international precollege science fair, brought 1,549 finalists to the Steel City.

Read more about the Intel ISEF 2012 winners.
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Carl Wieman responds to a question at the Excellence in Science and Technology Discussion Panel at Intel ISEF 2012. Credit: Intel ISEF

Top Scientists Share Stories with Finalists at Intel ISEF 2012

By Devin Powell

Chemist Dudley Herschbach got the rock-star treatment Tuesday when he arrived at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. A bright-eyed teen competing in the fair stopped him in the hall to ask for an autograph. A group of giggling Canadians posed to have their picture taken with him. One fan gave him what appeared to be a Barbie doll.

When Herschbach and seven other Nobel laureates took the stage later in the day to talk to this year’s finalists, the cameras and iPhones came out. So did the questions from young science rookies looking to chart their own futures by poking into the pasts of the all-star veterans.

Read more about the Nobel Winners panel at Intel ISEF 2012.

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Fawzi Al-Mitwalli (left) and Nour Maraqa have developed a low-cost, solar-powered desert cooler. Credit: Patrick Thornton, SSP

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