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Baby Nobels: Meet the 2009 Intel Finalists

From stem cells to cellulosic ethanol, high school whiz kids and their projects compete for a $100,000 top prize in the Intel Science Talent Search

  • March 10, 2009

The Baby Nobels

SciAm.com met up with the 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search, considered the "Super Bowl" of science. Christie Nicholson reports

March 10, 2009

An Intel finalist finds a way to build better bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s no secret that many of America’s bridges are in sad shape. One of the reasons is the corrosion of the steel rebar used to strengthen concrete structures.

March 11, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Intel finalist tackles the cellulosic ethanol problem

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When gas prices were sky high, lots of people talked about ethanol as a fuel of the future. In particular, many investors placed their hopes in cellulosic ethanol.

March 9, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

Little Brains, Big Brains: Latest Flores Hobbit News and the Intel Science Fair

Kate Wong brings us up to date on the ongoing research into fossils of the tiny human, called the Hobbit, found on the island of Flores. And Ivan Oransky reports from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Plus, Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman illustrates problems with reductionism and refrigerators. And we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.SciAm.com/daily, www.nybg.org/darwin/symposium.php, www.intel.com/education/ISEF

May 21, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

Where Are They Now?

The stories of Westinghouse--now Intel--Science Talent Search finalists. From chemistry to code-breaking, genetics to geology, some of these scientifically precocious young men and women have gone on to win Nobel Prizes--and all of them live fascinating lives

May 12, 2008 — Laura Vanderkam

Parents, don't tell your kids about your wild drinking days, says Intel finalist

WASHINGTON, D.C.—If you drank as a teenager, do not tell your kids about it. That’s the lesson from Chelsea Lynn Jurman’s study of teen drinking behavior—the only social science project among the 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search going through the final judging rounds here this week.

March 9, 2009 — Laura Vanderkam

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