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Engineering | Vol 24#5, May/June 2017

Engineering | Vol 24#5, May/June 2017
FIRST LEGO League (PDF) • Sensor-based research projects • Advanced Robotics at CTY (PDF) • Team America Rocketry Challenge • From competition to internship to college • NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson (PDF) • Snapshots of engineering majors • The maker movement • Environmental engineering (PDF) • A mathematical approach to stabilizing drone flight • College options for engineering majors • Review of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken • Career Profile: Energy engineer • Studying abroad as an engineering major • Students Review Carnegie Mellon University • Creative Minds Fiction Contest winners (PDF)


Imagine, Performing Arts Issue, March-April 2017

Performing Arts | Vol 24#4, March/April 2017
The National Youth Orchestra (PDF) • Interlochen Arts Academy (PDF) • Finding myself and my community on stage • Michael Aarons, Broadway musician and music coordinator (PDF) • An a cappella story • The benefits of competitive drama • My Kathak Journey (PDF) • A bass major on conservatory life • The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale •  Depth over breadth in the performing arts • Conservatories: College for serious musicians (PDF) • Off-stage careers in the performing arts • Pursuing music in college • Review of Brian Falkner’s Brain Jack • Career Profile: Doctor of physical therapy • Applying to college as a music major • Students Review University of California, Berkeley


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Biology | Vol 24#3, January/February 2017
Exploring veterinary medicine at Cornell • Saving an endangered species (PDF) • The USABO and IBO • Forging a path in synthetic biology • Award-winning biology projects • Six weeks at NYU’s Langone Medical Center • Citizen science • My life with birds (PDF) • MIT INSPIRE • Feng Zhang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, MIT (PDF) • My internship at NIH (PDF) • Review of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Career Profile: Biomedical engineer • Thinking outside the box • Finding a research internship • Students Review Boston University • Creative Minds essay contest winners​


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Logic | Vol 24#2, November/December 2016
A brief history of logic • Logic at CTY (PDF) • Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics • Linguistics Olympiads (PDF) • Great puzzles and their creators • From debate to logic and back • The benefits of reasoning properly • Informal logic in the real world • Gillian Russell, Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill (PDF) • Hacking the Hackathon (PDF) • Review of Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others • Career Profile: Assistant U.S. Attorney • Choices and changes • Preparing for college in high school (PDF) • Students Review University of Chicago


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Politics & International Relations | Vol 24#1, September/October 2016
 The U.S. Senate Youth Program (PDF) • International relations at CTY, CTD, and TIP (PDF) • My summer at a think tank • Boys Nation • Diplomat Jason Donovan • Transformation through debate • NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel (PDF) • Model U.N. • Young people power (PDF) • OC Science • Review of Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans • Career Profile: data scientist • Early college entrance • Preparing for college in middle school • Students Review Claremont McKenna College • Creative Minds poetry contest winners


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Mind & Brain | Vol 23#5, May/June 2016
Philosophy and neuroscience at CTY (PDF) • The National Brain Bee (PDF) • My neuroscience internship • Optogenetics founder Karl Deisseroth (PDF) • Summer research at Rockefeller University • Prime time for brain science • Mind, media, and health • Grad students share their research • Review of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant • Career Profile: neuropsychologist • Ten commandments for college success (PDF) • Making your dream school a reality (PDF) • Students Review New York University • Creative Minds fiction contest winners


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Service & Leadership | Vol 23#4, Mar/Apr 2016

The Civic Leadership Institute at CTY and CTD  (PDF) • Initiatives by kids, for kids • Learning the art of the startup at MIT Launch (PDF) • Sharing the gifts of music • Senator Barbara Mikulski (PDF) • Funding causes that matter • Building a medical shadowing program for teens • The Brown Leadership Institute • Gap Year service programs • Making a difference for students in need • Review of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See • Career Profile: entrepreneur • My college startup (PDF) • Skills and knowledge for college success • Students Review Lehigh University


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Public Health | Vol 23#3, Jan/Feb 2016
 Studying History of Disease at CTY (PDF) • Teens target public health •  My summer of medicine •  Majoring in public health • CDC Director Tom Frieden (PDF) • Focus on antibiotic resistance • Addressing health disparities through service • Astrophysics at UCSC SIP • Girls Who Code (PDF) • Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Beth Marshall on teen health (PDF) • Disease Detective Camp at the CDC (PDF) • Review of Iris Chang's The Chinese in America • Career Profile: epidemiologist • My summer in limbo • Is medical school in your future? • Students Review Tufts University • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners


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Exploring the Past | Vol 23#2, Nov/Dec 2015
Ken Burns on the power of history (PDF) • International History Olympiad • The Concord Review Summer Program (PDF) • Volunteering at the National Archives • Four graduate students share their research • Rubincam Youth Award for genealogy • National History Day (PDF) •  Summer at Crow Canyon (PDF) • Studying revolutions at Phillips Andover • The benefits of majoring in history • Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Career Profile: archaeologist • Be your own priority • Choosing the best college for your major • Students Review  University of Washington


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Robotics | Vol 23#1, Sept/Oct 2015
Electrical Engineering at CTY (PDF) • Turning Brainwaves into Action • Robotics in the Real World  My First FIRST (PDF)  Adventures in Botball  Destroying the Competition in Combat Robotics (PDF)  Born to Build  The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn  Music in the Woods: Six Weeks at Tanglewood (PDF)  Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis (PDF) • Review of Obert Sky's Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo • Interview with NASA robotics engineer Jaakko Karras • Express lessons in financial aid • Students Review Dartmouth College • Creative Minds Imagine poetry contest winners


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The Energy Issue | Vol 22#5, May/June 2015

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (PDF)  The PolluCell: Winner of the Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge (PDF)  The Solar Car Challenge (PDF)  The power of teen research • The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue (PDF)  Project TGIF: Helping the community and environment with biofuel (PDF)  Sara Volz and the powerful potential of algae (PDF)  Five careers in green energy  My Sanskirt Yaatra (PDF)  An internship with Until There's a Cure  Interview with green architect Andrew Thompson • Developing your passions--and representing them on your college application • Six things incoming college students should know • Students Review University of Pennsylvania • Creative Minds fiction contest winners


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Writing | Vol 22#4, Mar/Apr 2015

The National Student Poets Program (PDF)  The Iowa Young Writers' Studio  Four young writers on getting it right  Fun ways to overcome writer's block • To self-publish or not to self-publish?  The joy (yes, joy) of critical writing • Interview with Junot Diaz (PDF)  Insights from four awesome summer writing programs • Finding my voice through the school paper (PDF)  Advanced Fiction at CTY (PDF)  The Boston Leadership Institute's Summer Program in Biological Research • Author Michael Chabon (PDF) • Interview with Vox features editor Eleanor Barkhorn (PDF) • An astrophysicist turned storyteller • Making a difference through community service • Students Review Wellesley College


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Marine Science | Vol 22#3, Jan/Feb 2015

Studying whales and estuaries at CTY (PDF) • Student-powered solutions to marine environment challenges • Becoming a Teen Conservation Leader • UNH's Project SMART (PDF) • Four ways of studying the sea • The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (PDF) • The MATE International ROV Competition • The wonderful world of MOOCs • Super: An arts magazine for everyone (PDF) • Edith Widder, Ocean Research Conservation Association (PDF) • Review of Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life  Career Profile: marine scientist • The perfect internship • The college admissions interview • Students Review UC San Diego • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners


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Crossing Cultures | Vol 22#2, Nov/Dec 2014
A summer in Xian with NSLI-Y (PDF) Fiddling through Ireland (PDF) Embracing my heritage in India and at home (PDF) Crossing cultures, past and present • Exploring the world from home Sowing Seeds of Peace (PDF) The National Geographic Bee (2014) • A student of the martial arts Helping students discover science with Shooting STARs (PDF) Engineers Without Borders Founder Bernard Amadei (PDF) • Career Profile: United Nations interpreter The gift of the Peace Corps Is early college entrance right for you? Students Review Carleton College


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Space Exploration | Vol 22#1, Sept/Oct 2014
Imaging the universe with cameras and telescopes (PDF) CTY Astrophysics (PDF) Exploring my future at Space Camp (PDF) NASA's Orion mission (PDF) • The UCSC Science Internship Program Award-winning astronomy research--by teens The search for exoplanets and life beyond Earth Four months at the Chewonki Semester School (PDF) • Space Telescope Science Institute Director Matt Mountain (PDF) • Career Profile: Aerospace Engineer An engineer and a poet Developing your social skills Students Review Duke University Creative Minds Imagine poetry contest winners


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Art & Architecture | Vol 21#5, May/June 2014
The Future City Competition (PDF) Cornell Summer Architecture Program (PDF) The AIA High School Student Design Competition Architecture for a changing climateBehind the scenes at the Solar Decathlon Art history in BU's summer college program A showcase of work from summer programs in the visual arts The art of web design Rising to the Technovation challenge Designer and architect Eran Chen (PDF) • Career Profile: Landscape Architect On choosing art school for college Navigating the competitive world of college admissions Students Review Amherst University Creative Minds Imagine fiction contest winners


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Chemistry | Vol 21#4, Mar/Apr 2014
International Chemistry Olympiad Gold Medalist Chris Hillenbrand • Fascinated by Photochemistry: My internship with Project SEED (PDF) What About Labs: Hands-On Chemistry Goes Online (PDF) • Buckyballs and Nanocrystals Studying Silicon Nanotechnology at UCSD (PDF) The Emerging Science of Astrochemistry Making Chemicals Safer, 21st Century Style (PDF)  The 2013 Google Science Fair (PDF) The National History Bowl Championship (PDF) 2013 MacArthur Fellow Phil Baran (PDF) • Career Profile: Chemical Engineer Advice from a College Freshman (PDF) • Gaining Clarity about Your Career Path Students Review Washington University


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Law & Forensic Science | Vol 21#3, Jan/Feb 2014
Teen Court, a Judicial Internship, and Criminal Trial & Advocacy at Duke TIP (PDF) • Princeton Moot Court • The Model UN Experience • Student Member of the Board of Education (PDF) • What Young Inventors Need to Know about Patents • Five Lawyers and the Careers They Love • Eugene Volokh, Founder of The Volokh Conspiracy (PDF) • Forensic Science at Syracuse Summer College (PDF) • Interview with Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia (PDF) • A Field Intern at Alley Pond Environmental Center (PDF) • Balancing School and Sport • Career Profile: Digital Forensic Analyst • Students Review Columbia College • Creative Minds Imagine essay contest winners


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The Power of Numbers | Vol 21#2, Nov/Dec 2013
Micro- and Macroeconomics at CTY (PDF) • The World in Numbers: Mathematical Models • Why Math Competitions Are about More than Math (PDF) • The Story of a Young Cryptographer • Contests for Math LoversThe Lasting Benefits of Summer Programs (PDF) • Number Sense: Why Everyone Needs to be a Data Geek • Interview with Glen Whitney, Founder of MoMath (PDF) • College Rankings and College Choice • Career Profile: Actuary • Students Review the College of William & Mary


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Frontiers in Medicine | Vol 21#1, Sept/Oct 2013
Turning Lab Science into Medical Treatments • The War on Cancer • Teen Researchers on the Forefront of Medicine • The Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge • Innovations in Medicine, from Bionic Prostheses to Gene Therapy • Interview with Dr. Michael Newman of Doctors Without Borders  • Summer Internship in the Lab at Cincinnati Children's Hospital (PDF) • Our Second Genome: Gut Bugs and Our Health • The Scripps National Spelling Bee (PDF) • NASA Astronaut and Flight Surgeon Dr. Thomas Marshburn • The PSAT/NMSQT • Career Profile: Geneticist Hans Bjornsson, MD/PhD • Why I Majored in Public Health • Students Review MIT • Creative Minds Imagine Poetry Contest Winners


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Music | Vol 20#4, Mar/Apr 2013
Turning Young Musicians into Mentors (PDF) • The All-National Honor Mixed Choir • Claire Chase, MacArthur Fellow and Founder of International Contemporary Ensemble (PDF) • Classical Music, Online, with a Twist (PDF) • Interview with Gary Marcus, author of Guitar Zero (PDF) • Composer Dylan Mattingly on Why He Writes Music (PDF) • Jazz Studies, Improvised (PDF) • Conservatory or Academic University? • The Story of the Rose Parade's First Dual-Nation Marching Band • The Science of Sound • One Student's Journey through the College Admissions Process (a cautionary tale) • How It Feels to Run (PDF) • Career Profile: NY Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps • Going Greek in College • College Recommendations • Students Review Georgetown University


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Storytelling | Vol 20#2, Nov/Dec 2012
Well of Dreams (PDF) • National History Day • Interview with novelist Ben H. Winters (PDF) • National Novel Writing Month • Japan Adventures ... in Manga • Blogs & New Kinds of Narratives • Interview with Mark Stencel, NPR's Managing Editor of Digital News • Postcards from Summer Writing Programs (PDF) • The Great Books Summer Program • ISEF Students Journey to CERN (PDF) • Taking Your Research Experience to the Next Level • Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth (PDF) • Career Profile: Blue Sky Studios Animator Richard Fournier • College Planning and Preparation in High School • Students Review Swarthmore College


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Build It! | Vol 19#5, May/June 2012
The Architecture Institute at Duke TIP (PDF) • Two Weeks with Habitat for Humanity The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (PDF) Improving Robotic Surgery with Haptics The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race (PDF) • Building a Better Landmine Detector  The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge The Art and Science of Building a Xylophone (PDF) Better Than Wikinotes: A Website by and for Students (PDF) The Yale Ivy Scholars Program Katrina Cottage Designer Marianne Cusato (PDF) • Career Profile: Electrical Engineer Yusuf Gurkaynak Become a Polyglot How to Find a Mentor Students Review Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Fiction Contest Winners


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Dramatic Arts | Vol 19#4, Mar/Apr 2012
Interlochen Center for the Arts (PDF) • Washington National Opera Institute (PDF) • A Journey in Improv (PDF) • Plays & Players at CTD (PDF) • Young Playwrights Inc. (PDF) • An Invitation to Embark on a Shakespearean Journey (PDF) • Puppet Arts with UConn Mentor Connection • Interview with a film preservationist (PDF) • CAPPIES: The Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater and Journalism (PDF) • Broadcom MASTERS: A New Science Contest for Middle School Students (PDF) • Career Profile: Theater Producer Roberta Pereira • Double-Degree Program at Johns Hopkins University & Peabody Conservatory (PDF) • Developing Your Public Speaking Skills • Students Review Boston College


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Physics & Astronomy | Vol 19#1, Sept/Oct 2011
Cosmologist Risa Wechsler (PDF) • Physics Is ...  • The International Physics Olympiad (PDF) • 17-year-old nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson (PDF) • A Survey of Cutting-Edge Physics Research • Seeing the Skies with Space Telescopes • Exploring the Mysterious Lives of Stars • CTY Astrophysics (PDF) • Book Buddies: Transforming Used Books into Treasures (PDF) • Meeting the Economics Challenge • What to Do on College Breaks • Career Profile: Astronomer Marc Postman • Students Review University of Virginia • Need-Based Financial Aid • Poetry Contest Winners


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Media Arts & Technology | Vol 18#5, May/Jun 2011
App Quest: The Making of an iOS App (PDF) • The Digital Youth Network & Media Literacy • Citizen Science Powered by Cell Phones • Media Arts at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards • The Accidental Animator (PDF) • The New Media Explorers (PDF) • Digital Media Design at Penn's Summer Academy in Applied Science & Technology • Copyright Criminals: A Q&A with Kembrew McLeod (PDF) • Digital Storytelling • Destination ImagiNation (PDF) • Apps to Take to College • The World Outside Your Major • Career Profile: Google Search Designer Jon Wiley • Students Review University of California, Irvine • Creative Minds fiction contest winners


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Thanks to the generosity of the Squire Family Foundation, the entire contents of this issue is available online at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/imagine/20100304_SFF

Philosophy | Vol 17#4, Mar/Apr 2010
Why Study Philosophy? • A Survey of Philosophy's Big Ideas over the Millennia • Philosophy of the Mind at CTY • The Wide World of Philosophy • What Does It Mean to "Do" Philosophy? • Philosophy & The Matrix • Harry Potter and Plato • Ethics Bowl • How to Start a Philosophy Club • Interview with Philosopher of Science Bas van Fraassen • Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught? • Career Profile: Epidemiologist Mark Parascandola • Students Review Davidson College • Winning Essays from the 2009 Kids Philosophy Slam 


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The Art & Science of Games | Vol 17#3, Jan/Feb 2010
Interview with Elementeo creator Anshul Samar (PDF) • Carnegie Mellon's National High School Game Academy (PDF) • Careers in Game Development • The Benefits of Computer Strategy Gaming • Baseball Statistics for the 21st Century (PDF) • How the Game Foldit Advances Research and Makes Protein Folding Fun (PDF) • A Brief Exploration of Game Theory • The Aspen Music Festival (PDF) • What Can We Learn from Computer Games? • Scribblenauts creator Jeremiah Slaczka (PDF) • Gaming Safely • Career Profile: Sports Physical Therapist Erik Meira • Combined BS/MD Programs • Students Review Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Essay Contest Winners


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Environmental Science | Vol 17#1, Sept/Oct 2009
Environmental Science: A Shifting Landscape • The Science of the Shore: NAGISA (PDF) • On the Speciation of Sea Slugs • Tracking Caterpillars with Earthwatch (PDF) • Bioluminescent Bacteria as Contamination Detectors (PDF) • Emerging Alternative Energy Technologies • Project Jatropha (PDF) • Student Conservation Association (PDF) • How Big is Your Water Footprint? • Danny Malkowski, Youth Climate Conferences (PDF) • Discovering Your Multiple Intelligences • Career Profile: Environmental Attorney Justin Augustine • Shaping My Future, A Semester at a Time • College Admissions & Your Online Image • Students Review Stanford University • 2009 Poetry Contest Winners 


 

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Language & Linguistics | Vol 16#4, Mar/Apr 2009
CTY Spanish Immersion • Lessons Learned from Growing Up International (PDF) • Linguist K. David Harrison on Language Extinction • Creative Writing at CTD • Language & Linguistics in the News • Arabic Immersion Program in Morocco (PDF) • The Science of Machine Translation • The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest • The Art of Marching Band (PDF) • Cognitive Scientist Steven Pinker, PhD • Finding Your Theme • The Homeschool Advantage • Career Profile: BSO Music Director Marin Alsop (PDF) • College Courses for High School Students • Students Review Harvey Mudd College


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Beyond Planet Earth | Vol. 16 #2, Nov/Dec 2008
A Hubble Top 10 • Asteroid Detective (PDF) • The Planet Hunters (PDF) • Amateur Hour • Journey to the Innermost Planet (PDF) • Mapping Venus • Interview with Astronaut Peggy Whitson • Terraforming: Fact, Fiction, Future • Girls Helping Girls (PDF) • Astronomer Adam Riess, PhD (PDF)  Competitions: A Win/Win Situation • Be True to Your School--and Yourself • Career Profile: Photographer Cade Martin • Preparing for College in High School • Students Review Vassar College • Photography Contest Winners


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We the People | Vol. 16 #1, Sept/Oct 2008
Students Shaping the System • Standing Up for Civil Liberties • The FBINAA Youth Leadership Program  • Notes from the 2008 Green Mountain Boys State (PDF) • Learning Diplomacy at Model UN • The Lure of the Law (PDF) • The Civic Leadership Institute • Game, Set, Match! • Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) • Working in Groups • To Pledge or Not to Pledge a Sorority • Career Profile: Paleontologist Shanan Peters, PhD • Preparing for College in Middle School • Students Review Northwestern University • Poetry Contest Winners


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Art Now! | Vol. 15 #5, May/Jun 2008
youngARTS Week 2008 (PDF) • Behind the Camera with a Student Filmmaker (PDF) • A Conversation with Cinematographer Gary Henoch • The Ailey/Professional Performing Arts School • Science through Art's Windowpane • Spotlight on Six Young Artists • Interview with Graphic Novelist Jessica Abel (PDF) • Lessons from CTY China • PDI/Dreamworks Animator Cassidy Curtis (PDF) • Social Networking Pros & Cons • Career Profile: Bridge Engineer Christopher Burgess • Dealing with Stress •  Students Review Pomona College • Fiction Contest Winners


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The Green Issue | Vol. 15 #4, Mar/Apr 2008
Putting E-Waste in Its Place • How Bacteria Might Fuel the Future (PDF) • Taking on Global Warming at Power Shift 2007 (PDF) • What Does "Green" Mean? •Lessons Learned from Girl Scouting (PDF) • Swimming with Whale Sharks (PDF) • Ecological Immersion with EcoTeach • The International Linguistics Olympiad (PDF) • Alicia Smith, author of Plenty • Advice from Young Naturalists • Career Profile: Trial Attorney Whitney Pellegrino • Advanced Placement and I.B. Programs • Students Review Grinnell College • Illustration Contest Winners


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The Art and Science of Sound | Vol. 15 #2, Nov/Dec 2007
The Reluctant Pianist (PDF) • Becoming Metal Kid (PDF) • The Making of a Carnatic Musician (PDF) • Cool New Sound-Based Science • Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom (PDF) • The Evolution of Musical Instruments • Solving the Mysteries of Echolocation • It's National Novel Writing Month! • Annie Gosfield, Composer and Musician (PDF) • Tips & Tricks for Mathletes • Harvard: My Best Fit • Career Profile: Nurse Anesthetist Kelly Wiltse • Finding Your Motivation Within • Photography Contest Winners • Students Review Olin College of Engineering


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Animalia | Vol. 15 #1, Sept/Oct 2007
Lab & Field • Doing More for Animals • Conservation in a Warming World • The Sheep and I • An Accidental Occidental Marine Scientist  •  A Conversation with Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan • Intriguing Animal Behavior • Wild Visions • Invention Convention • Roots & Shoots Chase Pickering • Choosing a Science Fair Topic • Career Profile: Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas • Poetry Contest Winners • Students Review Yale University