Mentoring Vital To Nurturing Future Female Scientists

(NAPSI)-Has your daughter or another young girl in your life ever shown interest in helping animals, piloting planes or creating her own toys? If so, it could be a sign that she’s primed for a future career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment in professional scientific and technical services will grow by 34 percent, adding about 2.7 million new jobs by 2018; experts say now is the time to encourage a young girl’s interest in these thriving fields. Read more ...

Contest To Celebrate Wonders Of Chemistry

NAPSI)-If your kids have ever watched a movie or TV show and asked, “Wow, how did they do that?” they may be interested to learn that many seemingly magical special effects are really chemistry at work.

 

You can help children learn more about chemistry and special effects by participating in National Chemistry Week (NCW) 2010. As part of this year’s celebration, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting a national poster contest for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade. Invite students to create a poster that celebrates the theme “Behind the Scenes with Chemistry.”

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration Genes Found

(NAPSI)-Scientists now have a few more genetic clues about a leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in older Americans--age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

That's because a large-scale collaborative study, supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified three new genes associated with this eye disease--two playing a role in the cholesterol pathway in the eye. AMD gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving. The results of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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