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Florida Sixth Grader Tackles Lionfish

Lionfish. Photo: christopherpuchta/Creative Commons via FlickrOf the many problems facing coral reefs in our oceans today, one of those is lionfish. An invasive species, they are increasing in numbers and causing a great deal of destruction to reefs.

"Science News" Picks 2012's Top 25 Science Stories

The editors of Science News selected their top 25 science stories of 2012 based in part on which kept them up at night.

Most 8th Graders Fall Short on NAEP Science Test

The bad news: In a sampling of 122,000 8th graders from more than 7,000 schools across the country, fewer than one-third demonstrated proficiency in science on a test administered by National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Lexington High School Wins Energy Department’s National Science Bowl!

Congratulations to Lexington High School, which triumphed over North Hollywood High to secure the top place in the high school division of the Energy Department's National Science Bowl yesterday at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Treehugger's Best of Green: Science

Treehugger takes the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the "best-of" in many green-related categories, from people to products. In the "Science" category, Treehugger honors inspirational initiatives, projects, and products that are making a real difference in the world.

Report: Budget Cuts for Research Universities Imperil Competitiveness

Between the years 2002 and 2010, states cut funding for public research universities by 20 percent in constant dollars.  Meanwhile, in countries including China and India, spending on technology and education increased over the same time period.  So says the 2012 release of the biennial report, "Science and Engineering Indicators," which looks at scientific trends in the US and worldwide.  A compendium of fascinating data, the report will be available on the National Science Foundation's web site at noon (ET) today.

Boston-Based American Meteorological Society a 'Hidden Gem'

It may not be the short-term-forecasting epicenter of the country, but the American Meteorological Society (AMS) -- long-established at 45 Beacon Street -- boasts an unparalleled history of meteorological research. The organization was founded in 1919 with the goal of helping farmers by improving the science of weather forecasting.

The Surprising Math Aptitude of Pigeons

So much for throwing the term "bird brain" around as an insult. Pigeons are proving that they're no slouch in the intelligence department, especially when it comes to numerical competence.

Not Partial to the Names "Flerovium" and "Livermorium"? Speak Up!

Two new elements are making their debut on the periodic table. Element 114 is slated to be named "flerovium" (atomic symbol Fl), and element 116 has been tagged with the moniker "livermorium" (Lv).


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