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US Approves Offshore Wind Farm


While containing last week’s oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico has proven increasingly difficult – scientists are now discussing giant domes, fire, and even mushrooms as solutions to tame the blaze- there’s also some good news about our oceans to share:

This week, the US federal government finally approved the nation’s first offshore wind farm project, after nine years of careful and at times contentious review. While the plan has been met with some opposition from locals who say the 400ft turbines would be a blight to the landscape, proponents of the project say that Cape Wind has the potential to bring in a new era of clean energy in the US.

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Star Power: The Promise of Nuclear Fusion


Not getting enough rays these days? Never fear: engineers may be on the brink of creating our own miniature star.

While solar power is a key part of the global clean energy strategy, scientists are pursuing other, perhaps more promising, methods to produce fuel sources. One such possibility is the recreation of fusion, a powerful nuclear reaction that only occurs naturally on the blazing surfaces of stars.

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Palestinian Girls Invent Smart Cane for the Blind


Next month the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair takes place in San Jose, California, where students from over 50 countries will compete for a $75,000 grand prize. Among them are the first Palestinians to participate in this prestigious event.

Asil Abu Lil and her two classmates, who reside in the Askar refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, built an obstacle-detecting walking stick for a class project at their United Nations-funded girls’ school.

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Contest: Young Scientist Challenge. Grades 5-8.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8, encouraging the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and promoting the importance of science communication. Students are challenged to create a one- to two-minute video that demonstrates their understanding of a scientific concept.

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Summer Program: Gateway Academy

Building Rockets at Gateway AcademyParents, teachers, businesses and community groups in Eagle River, Wisconsin are collaborating with the SME Education Foundation and partner Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in bringing the Gateway Academy and its world of engineering summer camps to Northland Pines High School. The co-ed, week long Gateway Academy program introduces 6th – 8th grade students to the basics of engineering in a fun and exciting environment. PLTW-certified instructors lead students in projects and activities related to engineering disciplines.

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