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  • Banana peels are commonly depicted in cartoons as hazardously slippery—but just how slippery are they? According to scientific research honored at the 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes , banana peels are indeed pretty slippery, comparable to ice or Teflon. The Ig Nobels are famous for recognizing the most...
  • The ozone layer is an important part of Earth's atmosphere, shielding us from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. But what would happen if the ozone layer gradually disappeared? About 30 years ago, atmospheric scientists predicted that this could happen—and that it was being caused by...
  • STEM educator Greg Crowther | David Aarons The University of Washington’s Biology 220 course serves hundreds of students in a massive lecture-hall setting, but a related science-writing course—enhanced by Science in the Classroom resources—helped a subset of those participants better understand...
  • Joseph Neiman enrolled in the University of Nevada School of Medicine to become a physician. But he is also interested in how health services are delivered, and wants to pursue a master's degree in public health. What kind of future career, he wondered, could contain all these interests? This...
  • The Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkey ( Rhinopithecus strykeri) Though only officially "discovered" by scientists in 2010, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys were well known by locals and hunters in northern Myanmar (Burma) and southern China well before that. Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys are closely related to...
  • The gap between the science classroom and a real-life career in the sciences can seem distant for some students. The 5 Questions for a Scientist interview series was created to bridge this gap! We aim to inspire students to pursue careers in the sciences by showcasing the incredible diversity of...
  • The Fields Medal has been awarded to pioneering mathematicians every four years since 1936, and this year was the first time it was given to a female mathematician. Maryam Mirzakhani, who is also the first Iranian to win the prize, is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University in California...
  • Read this story in Spanish . When 2014 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow Ana Aceves gave her editor a list of about eight story ideas on basic science concepts to put on Univision's website, the editor was ready to dismiss one right away. "She said, 'Why is the sky blue? Everyone...
  • In a new book on energy education, Project 2061 senior research associate Cari Herrmann Abell and deputy director George DeBoer have contributed a chapter describing efforts at AAAS to create assessments that educators can use to test students’ understanding of energy forms, transfer,...