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April 2019 News Wire

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Bees have brains for basic math, study finds


Building on their finding honeybees understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers discovered bees can perform addition and subtraction. The small brains of bees can manage numbers and rules. They can recognize colors as symbolic representations of addition and subtraction then use this information to solve problems.

Video games could be a short-term answer to science’s gender problem


A woman who grew up loving to play Zelda and Mario wondered if her love of games led to her love of physics and engineering in school. She discovered many girls who play lots of video games go on to complete a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) undergraduate degree than non-gamers.

Girls who played nine plus hours of video games a week were 3.3 times more likely to study STEM. This accounted for their socio-economic background, ethnicity, past performance and how good they felt they were at their chosen subject. Video game-playing boys, meanwhile, were only 1.5 times as likely to take up a STEM degree.

Eight science apps that turn your phone into a laboratory


If you have a smartphone, there are a number of apps you can download to do science. And some apps, like eBird and NASA Globe Observer, let you participate in actual scientific research. Other apps like Star Walk and The Elements teach you more about the natural world.

3D Printing with Light


Until now, 3D printers create objects building one layer on top of another layer. Researchers have figured out a completely different way to print objects with light. The light turns liquid resign into a solid. Watch this video in Nature magazine to see how it’s done.

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