Science In the News Assignment

How can chemistry, physics – or any other type of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) be important to your everyday life? TONS of ways, and this year we’ll be using Science In the News to research just that!

You can find the Science In the News (SItN) assignment under the Worksheet/Handouts tab. Read the handout carefully to make sure that you follow all the guidelines for the assignment.

EXTRA IMPORTANT information about the assignment:

  • Choose a STEM article on websites like or
  • Make sure you pick an article you find interesting and that you understand!!
  • Make sure you pick an article that you can use to answer the questions on the Science In the News sheet. If there are questions you cannot answer with the type of article you have – pick another article!!!
  • The SItN assignment must be typed – double spaced. BUT you will have to scan in your illustration.
  • Type your name on your doc like you do for labs – name date, period in the top right corner
  • Convert your assignment as a PDF. Be sure and name the file correctly. The assignment name is Science in the News and the date of the assignment. Like this C1 Skinner, Tammy SItN 9-20-21
  • Turn in the assignment to both your Google Drive Shared Folder and
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50 thoughts on “Science In the News Assignment

  1. In my science in the news assignment my article talked about how scientists were using rope swings to assist monkeys in crossing a ravine. The scientists researched how often the rope swings were being used by the monkeys if at all. They also researched how much safer it was for the monkeys to cross the ravine using rope swings.

  2. My science in the news article talks about turning small robots into Spider-Man. How they’re makiking this possible is by creating this glue that helps the robots sticks to surfaces, but to have them walk across surfaces the robots will send electric pulses to unstick and move. And in the future they want to make make a suit to go along with the experiment.

  3. Stem- In my science in the news article the main point was about how most of the facts and reactions are fake such as the ominous music when a they see a shark. The teams research shows that sharks are actually friendly unless provoked in their territory and that there is a smaller chance for a shark related death than something such as a firework.

  4. This week was a solid 1 out 5 mainly because I was sick all week and had a huge headache from my fever. Would’ve been better if I actually had some energy.

  5. there is some interesting research going on in the movement of squirrels. People are building obstacle courses and observing the technics they use to travel so fast.

  6. My Science in the News article was based on potty-training cows. 16 calves were given 45 minutes of potty-training a day before being put into a makeshift stall. Once inside the stall, they would be given treats every time they peed so that they would associate using the stall with receiving a reward. When given the option of using the stall or urinating in an outside hallway, 11 of the 16 cows used the stall. The other 5 that urinated in the hallway were sprayed with water. This was done to analyze whether or not potty-training cows was possible and would allow farmers to capture and treat cow urine, which is a contributor to pollution, and use it instead to make fertilizer. The researchers came to the conclusion that potty-training large amounts of cows was possible, but only via automation.

  7. In my article scientists created bendinke ice. They did this by testing out how ice reacts in different temperatures and did experiments to make the ice form into a bendible state. They then came to the conclusion that it was possible to make bendible and that maybe some snowflakes have this bendible structure too.

  8. In my science in the news article, scientists explained how a pinch of saturated fat can make tempering chocolate so much easier. They added 0.1% of the chocolate’s weight in saturated fat. By doing this, instead of having to heat and cool the chocolate multiple times to make it creamy; they could cool it a single time.

  9. I’m my science in the news article, it was about how plasma doesn’t effect covid 19 patients that are severely sick. They researched this by experimenting on really sick covid patients and not as sick ones.

  10. Scientist are trying to figure out a way to get rid of plastic in the ocean, so they built this microrobot that swims through the ocean and breaks down plastic. When it breaks down a plastic in moves to the next one. Scientists say they are going to make millions and millions of these and set them free in the ocean.

  11. In an effort to understand how the internal state of the body influences the brain’s decision-making processes, scientists analyzed the data from a previous study pre-clinical study. They found that two of the brain’s decision-making centers contain neurons that may exclusively monitor the body’s internal dynamics. Furthermore, a heightened state of arousal appeared to rewire one of the centers by turning some decision-making neurons into internal state monitors.

  12. In my science in the news it talks about how earth can not afford to heat 1.5C from the 2021 UN climate report.they researched this by running computer simulations and taking data from past years in global warming.

  13. In my Sciene in the News article, it was about how insects called parasitoid wasps lay their eggs in young moth larvae. Through experiments with catipillers, scientists have come to the conclusion that viruses and catipllers can come together to fight off the wasp enemy.

  14. Researchers have found that blood flow in the brain capillaries, which is important for oxygen/nutrient delivery and waste removal, was increased during rapid eye movement sleep in mice. Adenosine A2a receptors might be at least partially responsible for this increased blood flow. These findings bring new hope for understanding the function of sleep and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases that involve the buildup of waste products in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

  15. In my Science in the news article, I learned about these micro robots used to help break down micro robots. Through the experiments they have figured out that they work but now they are doing experiments to see if they are good for the environment

    • In my Science in the news article, I learned about these micro robots used to help break down micro robots. Through the experiments they have figured out that they work but now they are doing experiments to see if they are good for the environment

  16. My Science In the News article talked about rocks rising below the Atlantic Ocean driving continents apart. It described how hot rocks surging up driving continents on either side apart. Scientist measured seismic waves that sent out signals to earthquakes. It showed signs of deep movement pushing apart tectonic plates.

  17. My science in the new article was about how people misinterpret sharks for being aggressive. It describes how the show shark week often makes up information about sharks and how it portrays them to be mean and merciless. The lady in the article disproves these facts while revealing new information.

  18. My science in the news article talked about how lizards have a new found superpower where they have a bubble of air around their snout that allows them to breathe underwater. So, now biologists are studying this type of behavior in lizards, and trying to explain why they breathe with bubbles instead of holding their breathe.

  19. My Science in the News document was about the most ancient shark attach that about 3,000 years ago in Peru. The scientist claimed the way the victim died was during a fishing trip but sharks don’t really hunt humans or see them as prey unless they smell some sort of blood.

  20. My science of the news document was on how domestication has reprogramed dogs brains. Scientist lived with wolf pups for months and found out that they still would not come near them. However the scientist did not sleep or come near puppies. The scientist found out after not having contact with the puppies they were more found of people than the wolf pups were.

  21. My SitN topic was the placebo effect. The Placebo effect is a neurological effect that is based on ones BELIEFS in the effects that they will experience, rather than the actual medication or treatment. The placebo effect can reduce pain and act as a catalyst for potential healing.

  22. My science in the news topic was about how sharks are portrayed to be mean or aggressive. It states that you are more likely to get struck by lightning that attacked by a shark. It also showed how during shark week how they make up stuff about sharks to make them seem more vicious.

  23. This week for Science in the News, I researched about monkeys carrying around their dead infants. Interestingly, this was first documented in 1915 by a scientific paper, and ever since then scientists have been trying to figure out what was happening to the monkeys psychologically. Recently, they came to the conclusion that monkeys will carry around their infants if their death is not immediately obvious, like if their child died suddenly from an illness. Also, they discovered that the amount of time a primate carries their dead infant after its death depends on the emotional bond between the mother and child.

  24. STEM- In my science in the news article, it talks about how websites use technology to alter your search results to make more money. It states that some sites like Travelocity will track your searches and use algorithms to lead you to slightly different hotels based on your search and purchasing history. Also, it states that the companies will test their algorithms with different phones and desktop computers so the companies know how it would work.

  25. My science in the news article talks about the placebo effect. A placebo is a fake treatment in the form of an inactive substance such a sugar, distilled water or saline solution. This can sometimes improve a persons condition because the person has the expectation that it will help them which is called the placebo effect.

  26. J Cook C2
    The main point in my science in the news lab was that the world is filling up with plastic and we need to get rid of it by micro robots. These robots would hold onto the plastic in the ocean and slowly get rid out of it in the oceans

  27. Stem- In my Science in the News article, it reads that when lightning strikes, it creates oxidants useful in cleaning the atmosphere by creating methane, and this reaction forms molecules that dissolve in water, meaning it can rain down.

  28. In my science in the news, it talks about how the earth can not afford to heat 1.5C, and if we reach that or surpass that it would leave devastating irreversible damage. Climate Scientists from UN ICC studied this by running computer simulations and taking climate data from the past years.

  29. In my science in the news article, it discusses how placebos work and why. Placebos are medicine that has no real effect on the human body, but you perceive it as doing you good, making you feel better. An example of this is when a child scrapes their knee and their parent might kiss the scrape.

  30. For my post, I researched how, about three weeks ago, scientists working at the US Department of Energy’s National Ignition Facility briefly managed to generate a sustained nuclear fusion reaction that came close to generating more energy than it was consuming. The reaction only lasted a fraction of a second, but in that moment, it generated 10 quadrillion watts, which is approximately 700 times the generating capacity the United States’s electrical grid at any given moment. This is not only a milestone in learning how to create and sustain a fusion reaction, but also in understanding the detonation of nuclear weapons.

  31. For my science in the news article, I read about how potty-training cows can be very good for the environment. The cows are trained to go to the bathroom in a “stall” and then the scientists can use their urine to make fertilizers. The cows were given a treat when they peed in the stall and sprayed with water when they didn’t. This allowed scientists to capture the cow urine which contributes to pollution.

  32. My Science in the news article is about the abdominal fuzz on bees.As they move, overlapping sections of their tough outer skeleton, known as a cuticle slide past each other. A study now finds that tiny hairs on that cuticle act as a lubricant. That fuzz reduces friction, which makes it easier for the bees to move.

  33. My science in the news article talked about sharks not being as dangerous as we depict them. You are more likely to be hit by lightning than bitten by a shark; as long as sharks are not provoked they usually leave people alone. Also more people die annually because of fireworks accidents than shark attacks.

  34. Scientists are researching how the mind works when it comes to placebo pills, which are fake pills that have no real physical effect. Just like the way that a mother or fathers kiss would ‘heal’ the pain of a scratch or bruise when we were little, placebo pills can make us think that we are being healed when we actually aren’t. This can be a benefit and a harm for patients of life threatening conditions.

  35. In my science in the news article, it’s talking about the placebo effect and how it works with your brain to make you think it’s helping you. The article also mentioned how the placebo could still work with a person who knows they are taking a placebo. That also goes along with how it was once thought that you had to trick your patient into thinking it was a real medicine but with a clinical trial done, they discovered that even if they knew if they weren’t getting the medicine they still got better.

  36. In my science of the news article it talked about how squirrels are able to leap from branch to branch without falling. However; the squirrel is able to account for the tree limb flexibility and distance as they vault through the forest, and their claws help them grip the branch they are jumping to.

  37. In my science in the news article the researches talked about why you should have a new led that could lighten the effect the light has on your eyes. The blue light effects your eyes and tells your brain to stay up which is why u should turn your phone and lights off about 30 minutes before.

  38. STEM: Somthing Interesting that I learned and researched this week, was that it is possible to potty train cows, and better for the environment. They would bring the cows into a stall, and reward them by giving the cows a treat every time they would pee. This connected peeing in the stall and getting a reward in there brains, which then caused 11 out of 16 cows to use the bathroom in the stalls.

  39. My article was about Ice net a program that can forecast sea ice up to two months ahead. Some of its flaws were that it cannot predict late summer before the spring. Because it relies on the spring data and the weathers variety is also a factor.

  40. My science in the News article was about scientists who were researching shark attacks from long ago. These scientists and archeologists studied a boys bones who they believe died from a shark attack by looking at the injuries on his bones.

  41. My science in the news article talks about how potty trained cattle can reduce pollution. The people using this expierment trained cows to use a small fenced area with artificial turf flooring as a bathroom stall. Components of that urine such as nitrogen and phosphorus could also be used to make fertilizer.

  42. My science in the news article was about how long ago was the first shark attack. Archeologists looked at the injuries on the bones of several victims to date how far back the attack was.

  43. My science in the news article was about how scary sharks truly are. Biologist and geologist at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa have concluded that, “You are more likely to get hit by lightning than to be bitten by a shark.

  44. I learned from my science in the news assignment about solutions to global warming. Kids about my age took problems like forest fires, saving water, and glaciers and created solutions. They each found the issue, and came up with advanced technology to solve that issue. For example a college student, Ryan, came up with an app that alerted people when forest fires were near. They all took a common problem and solved it.

  45. In my science in the news assignment, it talked about how insects can be harmed by street lights. The researchers did experiments and placed one group of insects in a street lit area and the other in the shade. This experiment showed that they are harmed and the decreasing insect population was partly due to the streetlights/LED lights

  46. In my science in the news article, they talked about how sharks are not as scary as people have sought out for them to be. They also talked about how It is proven that there is a higher chance of you being struck by lightning than being killed by a shark attack.

  47. In my science in the news assignment my article was about how micro robots are going to be put in the ocean to clean up the plastic that is floating around. The micro robots will be solar powered and can carry the trash or slowly turn the trash into mini pieces. The robots will be magnetic so they can be easily picked up. The chemist and scientists are experimenting with the robots to see if they are safe for the environment.

  48. Agricultural scientists in Canada have been researching ways to incorporate the use of plasma in growing fresh vegetables. They are using the plasma as a natural pesticide, and have been testing multiple different ways of combining the seeds and plasma in order to grow. They have also found that vegetables grown with plasma tend to be larger and more rich in nutrients, as well as being a more environmentally-friendly alternative to spray pesticides.

  49. In my science in the news article, they talked about how just sitting around can hurt people’s mental health.? Sitting around not doing anything isn’t good for you and can give you less motivation. They also talked about how people have asked others about their times on their devices and just sitting around so then they could see how their mental health is with less socialization.

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