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Reading + Science = Literacy : Haskins Laboratories and the Promise of Eliminating Illiteracy

Reading + Science = Literacy : Haskins Laboratories and the Promise of Eliminating Illiteracy

It is estimated that nowadays only a third of American eighth-graders can read proficiently and up to twenty percent of youths have some sort of reading disability. Moreover, students lacking in basic reading comprehension skills often struggle in other academic

Nanoparticles: Tiny miracles for those on the quest for the perfect drug

Nanoparticles: Tiny miracles for those on the quest for the perfect drug

What if you could make the perfect drug? Would you prefer to avoid side effects, prescribe lower doses, or decide when and where your drug attacks? While ultimate perfection in drug engineering may not be in the immediate future, these

Paleobotany: Fossilized plant remains give insights to global climate balances

Paleobotany: Fossilized plant remains give insights to global climate balances

Most of us consider flowers a pretty accessory to be used when needed, perhaps for a friend’s birthday or a last-minute bouquet for Mother’s Day. For Professor of Geology and Geophysics Leo Hickey, however, flowers are much more intellectually interesting.

From the Editor: 81.2 Scales of Science

From the Editor: 81.2 Scales of Science

In one lab, a team of particle physicists investigates the properties of the atom, an infinitesimal structure measuring just 0.1 nanometers. Not far away, a group of astrophysicists observe the characteristics of an enormous galaxy, spanning over 100,000 light years

Observation of stellar-mass black holes and the discovery of M33 X-7

Observation of stellar-mass black holes and the discovery of M33 X-7

Dr. Jeffrey McClintock, a Senior Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, believes that “[black holes] are the most profound question in the universe apart from human consciousness.”

Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

In the past decade, the unearthing of small RNAs led to an explosion in the fields of biomedical research and medicine, and was dubbed the “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine.