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Citizen Science Heads Back To School

By Guest | August 25, 2019 10:54 am

No matter what age you are, you can do real scientific research as a citizen scientist!

Below, SciStarter’s editors feature 10 great citizen science projects for formal and informal science learning settings.

Citizen science has been identified as an effective approach to support student learning in science by engaging students in the science practices as outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To learn more about integrating citizen science into your  …


The Shape Of Your Mouth Affects How You Talk and Gets Amplified Across Generations

By Roni Dengler | August 23, 2019 5:00 pm

(Credit: eveleen/shutterstock)

Around the world, humans communicate with each other using nearly 7,000 distinct languages. But despite how different languages like English and Chinese are for example, we all use the same basic anatomy to talk. Our lips, tongues and the bones inside our mouths allow humans to make the noises of language.

Now researchers have found that differences in the shape of the roof of the mouth influence how we pronounce vowel sounds. And the team says that these mi …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: evolution


Some Exoplanets Could Have Greater Biodiversity Than Earth

By Mara Johnson-Groh | August 23, 2019 4:30 pm

When you stack up the most promising recent exoplanet finds, as illustrated here, it becomes clear none is Earth’s true twin. But even more habitable worlds may be out there waiting to be found. (Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Earth is the only place in the universe where we know life exists. But with billions of other star systems out there, it might not be the best place for life. In a new study, astronomers modeled the potential for life on other watery planets and found some conditions …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Space & Physics, top posts


These Coastal Mud Bacteria Make a Chemical That Cools Our Climate and Smells Like the Ocean

By Roni Dengler | August 23, 2019 4:00 pm

Scientists recently dug into salt marshes and discovered abundant amounts of a”good guy gas” that helps cool Earth’s climate. (Credit: JuneJ/shutterstock)

The tangy smell of the sea may seem like nothing more than salt in the air, but in fact it comes courtesy of a specific chemical. And dimethyl sulfide, or simply DMS, not only defines that airy aroma, but it also helps cool the climate. In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology, researcher …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Environment, Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: climate change, ocean

The Crux

Our Microbiomes Might Shape Our Social Lives

By Lydia Denworth | August 22, 2019 4:40 pm

(Credit: Sara López Gilabert/SAPIENS)

It is early morning on a wide plain in Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. With a small Dixie cup and a wooden tongue depressor, Susan Alberts picks up a fecal sample left by a female baboon named Yoruba.

Alberts is an eminent primatologist. She is both the chair of the department of evolutionary anthropology and a member of the biology department at Duke University, and the co-director of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project. But this morning, …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Living World
MORE ABOUT: animals, Microbiome

The Crux

Babies Need Healthy Microbiomes. But Where Do Microbiomes Come From?

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | August 22, 2019 2:57 pm

(Credit: Odua Images/Shutterstock)

A human’s genes are laid down at
conception. A fetus’ heart, brain and other organs start to form five weeks later.
At six months, an unborn child has most of its body parts. But there is one
essential component missing: the helpful bacteria, often referred to as the microbiome,
that will inhabit its gut, skin and other organs.

Our first interactions with microbes set the stage for health throughout our lives. Babies’ microbiomes have been linked  …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Top Posts
MORE ABOUT: Microbiome


The Latest Photos From Hayabusa2's Mission to Asteroid Ryugu Are Here

By Bill Andrews | August 22, 2019 1:00 pm

The image shows the first image acquired by the DLR-developed MASCAM camera system during Hayabusa2’s descent, shortly after separation from the landing module at a height of 41 meters. (Credit: Jaumann et al., Science (2019))

The solar system is a crowded place. Earth may be the only planet with humans on it, but many worlds are home to robots — rovers and landers and orbiters, gathering data for astronomers. Asteroid (162173) Ryugu joined them last summer, and has been playing host to th …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Space & Physics, top posts


Audiobooks or Reading? To Our Brains, It Doesn't Matter

By Jennifer Walter | August 22, 2019 12:51 pm

These color-coded maps of the brain show the semantic similarities during listening (top) and reading (bottom). (Credit: Fatma Deniz)

If you don’t have time to sit and read a physical book, is listening to the audio version considered cheating? To some hardcore book nerds, it could be. But new evidence suggests that, to our brains, reading and hearing a story might not be so different.

In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley s …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Mind & Brain, top posts

Rocky Planet

A Crater Lake and Pumice Raft in the Pacific right now

By Erik Klemetti | August 22, 2019 8:18 am

The new crater lake at Kīlauea’s summit, spotted on August 15, 2019. M. Patrick, USGS-HVO

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had two newsworthy events that involve volcanoes and water. This is a common combination on our planet and can have dramatically different results. One is a very small feature that’s new to one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. The other is now a large feature spreading across the Pacific that came from a previously unknown volcano under the sea.

First, the small: …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Rocky Planet, Science, Science Blogs

The Crux

Can One Beer a Day Increase Your Cancer Risk? The Science Says Yes

By Megan Schmidt | August 21, 2019 4:50 pm

Does alcohol cause cancer? Here’s what recent research tells us. (Credit: Mateone/Shutterstock)

Humans and the bottle go a long way back. Archaeologists have found our love of alcohol began some 9,000 years ago (and maybe even 10 million years ago, according to some reports).

Evidence of people boozin’ it up has been found in nearly every society throughout history. And today, alcohol is still ingrained in cultures around the world, especially in places like the Midwest – dubbed the B …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Top Posts
MORE ABOUT: personal health

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