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Cranberries, With a Side of Science

Photo by Erika Saalau, Mass Cranberry Station
(Article from sciencefriday.com, Chau Tu)
There are certain things that might come to mind when thinking about cranberries: A certain shade of red, a certain small size, and a certain kind of tartness. But these characteristics can differ among cranberry varieties—of which there are more than 100, according to Carolyn DeMoranville, an associate extension professor and station director at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Cranberry Station.
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Halloween Science Connections!

Source: Science Buddies

As Halloween approaches, there are a number of ways you can tie science in with activities and projects that let kids get hands-on with things slimy, ghoulish, gross, light-up, or glow-in-the-dark. For the trick-or-treat crowd, there are plenty of candy-themed experiments to help kids whittle down—or statistically analyze—some of their All Hallows' Eve loot, too!

Browse the following list of inspired Halloween science activities and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) connections to bring science to life for your kids and students this October:

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Chemistry Nobel Prize goes to 3-D snapshots of life’s atomic details

Winners are recognized for their roles in developing cryo-electron microscopy

By: Carolyn Gramling  and Laurel Hamers

October 4, 2017

Source: Science News

An imaging technique that freezes tiny biological objects such as proteins and viruses in place so that scientists can peer into their structures at the scale of atoms has won its developers the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University and Richard Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, won for their contributions to the development of...

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Superbugs may meet their match in these nanoparticles

‘Quantum dots’ mess with bacteria’s defenses, allowing antibiotics to work
BY MARIA TEMMING 7:00AM, OCTOBER 9, 2017

SourceScience News

Antibiotics may have a new teammate in the fight against drug-resistant infections.

Researchers have engineered nanoparticles to produce chemicals that render bacteria more vulnerable to antibiotics. These quantum dots, described online October 4 in Science Advances, could help combat pathogens that have developed resistance to antibiotics (SN: 10/15/16, p. 11).

“Various superbugs are evolving too rapidly to be counteracted by traditional drugs,” says Zhengtao Deng, a chemist at Nanjing University in China not involved in the...

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Breast cancer cells spread in an already-armed mob

       COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. — When breast cancer spreads, it moves in gangs of ready-to-rumble tumor cells, a small genetic study suggests. Most of the mutations that drive recurrent tumors when they pop up elsewhere in the body were present in the original tumor, geneticist Elaine Mardis reported May 9 at the Biology of Genomes meeting.