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Security Check: Think Twice Before Submitting your Saliva to 23andMe

By Brooklynn Then , AGE 9 Have you ever wanted to learn more about your genetic background? A private biotechnology company, 23andMe, has provided many people with insight into their genetic information. They do this by analyzing a saliva sample you send to them. 23andMe has claimed they are a trusted site. This seemed accurate …

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Transforming a Toxic Wasteland into a Climate-Saving Tool

By Nikhil Sabnis, Age 10 The Jardim Gramacho landfill in Brazil, spanning almost 150 acres, was one of the largest and most infamous landfills in Latin America. Remarkably, this massive landfill has now been transformed into a thriving mangrove forest. Gramacho was built on ecologically sensitive marshland in Guanabara Bay in 1978. Before being finally …

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New Study Reveals That Even “Safe” Levels of Pollution Are Harming Our Brains

By Ayaan Soorma, age 9 Levels of certain air pollutants considered safe by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards are still causing negative impacts on children’s brains between ages 9 to 13.  The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, published in Environment International in June, examined 9,497 children in 21 different areas across the United States. In …

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Humans Are Literally Moving Earth on Its Axis

By Connor Korrell, age 12 Scientists recently discovered that the Earth is shifting eastward at a rate of 1.7 inches every year. The study, which was published in June in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the shift is due to years of groundwater extraction and relocation. When the Earth spins, its rotational poles …

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Puerto Rican Lizards Morph to Survive City Life 

By Emile stanley, age 12 Urbanization has drastically changed the natural world as we know it. Now researchers at New York University have found that the Puerto Rican crested anole has evolved to survive life in the city. Lead researcher Kristin Winchell studied the genomes of city-dwelling adult male anoles and found that they tended …

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Gender Equity in Farming Suggests Better Future for Food

Agriculture is arguably the most important of our industries, and maintaining and improving our food systems is high on the global priority list. International organizations like the United Nations are now beginning to acknowledge the link between gender equity, sustainability and global food security. A UN Women report in 2022 found that giving women the same opportunities as men within the agricultural industry could reduce the number of malnourished people by up to 17%.