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Science in the News

Now that you have been learning about science, you may have noticed news articles or online videos on various scientific topics. Science is all around you.

Select a news article on a scientific discovery or achievement. This could be the discovery of a new planet or star, a new medical treatment, new findings concerning climate change, or countless other possibilities. If you are not sure where to find a news article, try looking on the Web page for your favorite news source, or use a search engine to look for a specific topic of interest. After selecting a news article and reading it carefully, complete the following:

  • Provide a brief summary of the article.
  • What interested you about the topic?
  • Do you agree or support the discovery or activity presented in your article? Why or why not?
  • Did the author provide references and supporting facts in this article, or were you expected to just accept the findings without support?
  • When reading about science, how important do you feel sources and references are in accepting the findings that are presented?

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School: Carnegie Mellon University


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Science in the News
Article Title: Stick Insects are Easy Bird Food and that Might Help them reproduce
Author: Joanna Klein
Stick insects, though their bodies provide a perfect camouflage, they often times form an
easy food for birds. While predation ends the survival of other insects, it seems that stick insects
still retain a chance of survival after being eaten by birds. These insects in fact benefit from
being eaten by birds since the birds can act as carriers, dispersing their eggs to other location in a
manner similar to the seed dispersal mechanism in plants. The eggs of stick insects resemble
plants’ seeds in many respects including the color, shape, texture and size. ...

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