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Google Science Fair Winners

The winners of the very first Google Science Fair were announced on Monday. Congratulations to the top winners in each age group! Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken. Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group. Naomi endeavored to prove [...]

Humans and rats can traverse a maze. And so can… a drop of oil.

Physical chemists at Northwestern University have demonstrated that a simple droplet of oil can navigate a complex labyrinth. Grzybowski’s team made a number of silicon mazes roughly 6.5 square centimeters in size. To create the conditions for movement, the researchers filled the labyrinths with an alkaline solution of potassium hydroxide. The maze runners, placed at the [...]