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New hope for preventing pre-term births

It’s one of the great frustrations of obstetric medicine: humans have been reproducing for hundreds of thousands of years, and yet doctors still haven't unraveled the mystery of why some women give birth well before their babies have fully developed in the womb.Despite researchers' and physicians' best efforts, the rate of preterm births—defined as babies born before 37 weeks of gestation—climbed 30 percent from 1981 through 2006...

April 8, 2011 — Anna Kuchment

Schools should teach kids more about how science is done

WASHINGTON—Is a "mystery tube" the key to improving science education in the United States? The prop, a cylinder with two pieces of string running through it, briefly took center stage here at a packed symposium on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).Mark Stefanski, a high school biology teacher from Marin Academy in San Rafael, Calif., called up two volunteers from the audience and asked them to figure out the internal structure of the opaque tube, made of about 10 inches of PVC pipe...

February 22, 2011 — Anna Kuchment
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine