Science News for Students

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  1. Looking for an explainer? Start here

    Science News for Students has explainers on topics ranging from anxiety to volcanoes.

  2. Check out the Let’s Learn About series

    These mini lessons can introduce you and your students to a new topic — or just help you find stories you may not have read yet.

  3. Scientists Say: Latitude and Longitude

    Latitude is a measure of how far a location is north or south of the equator. Longitude is a measure of how far east or west a location is from the Prime Meridian.

  4. Space

    Scientists Say: Orbit

    An orbit is the path one object in space takes around another, such as a planet, star or the center of an atom.

  5. Space

    Say hello to gravity waves

    Einstein predicted these waves 100 years ago. Scientists have finally proven him right.

  6. Bake your way to your next science project!

    This step-by-step series from the Eureka! Lab blog explains how anyone can do a research project and do it right.

  7. Planets

    Hello, Pluto!

    Here's a collection of our stories about your favorite dwarf planet — including those on the New Horizons flyby.

  8. Science & Society

    Most students wrong on risks of smoking occasionally

    Teens know that heavy smoking can seriously harm health. But most, a new study finds, don’t realize that smoking only now and then also is harmful. Data from a survey highlight teens’ mistaken ideas about the risks of intermittent smoking.

  9. Physics

    Nobel goes for creating the ‘nanoscope’

    A regular microscope can’t bring into focus the nanoscale molecules from which cells are built. Using lasers and fluorescent molecules, three scientists found a way to view these tiny features. Their reward: the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

  10. 2014 Indicators highlight STEM learning and teaching

    This year’s Science and Engineering Indicators give good news: most high school teachers in science and math have in-field related skill sets.

  11. ‘The Poisoner’s Handbook’ comes to PBS

    Public TV is offering a fascinating and gory account of scientists and justice in a show covering the birth of forensic toxicology during New York City’s Jazz Age. Related educational materials will help teachers bring forensic chemistry to their classrooms.

  12. Scooping poop for science

    Do you want to help scientists do science? Would you scoop cow poop to do it? These teens did, and the data they collected have been published!