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Once a month, Bob Hirshon, senior project director for media programs at AAAS, appears as the science expert on the kids’ radio program. Mindy Thomas hosts the segment, which is a part of the “Kid’s Place Live” channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Hirshon and Mindy talk about the latest scientific developments and answer kids’ science questions. Read more about it and watch a video of Bob live on air answering questions!

The AAAS News site Eureka Alert has launched a new feature as part of its Science For Kids program. The site is now offering videos targeted at children between nine and 14 years old. The researchers receive a set of questions in advance from Jennifer Gibson, EurekAlert! multimedia coordinator. Gibson also works with the researchers to make sure that their answers are clear to a middle school audience.  For example, in one short video , neurobiologist Erich Jarvis from the Duke University Medical Center talks about his research on language and stuttering among parrots and songbirds. Click here to read more about this new series and see Jarvis’ video.

Or in keeping with the season, you might be interested in finding out why sunburn hurts!  The 6 July issue of Science Translational Medicine includes reports on that researchers have discovered a molecule responsible for triggering the inflammatory pain of sunburn caused by the sun’s UVB rays.  Go to Read more about it and view a video interview with one of the researchers.

Posted 8 Jul 2011 2:16 PM by Heather Malcomson
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