Monday, September 21, 2009

Weekly Science Article Report #1 Period 3

This week (by Thursday at midnight), you will do your first Weekly Science Article Report.

Here's what to do for this assignment:
1) Citation: Here you will put the name of the article, the author, and where you found it (for example, the New York Times or Science News for Kids).
2) A brief summary: Here you will summarize the article in one or two sentences. This is to give your readers (including me) a sense of what you have read.
3) Reflection: This is the biggest part of your report. I am interested in your response to the article. Please address the following questions in your reflection:
a) What did you think about the article? Did you like it or not? Why?
b) What interested you or surprised you about the article?
c) What questions do you have about what you read? What would you like to know more about what you’ve read?

I am really looking forward to reading what you write.


R2D2 Jones said...



gigitygigitygigitygo1234 said...

Now Hear This
- No author given
Publication: Small Wonders, a publication of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

The article was about a new doctor at our local hospital, aka Westchester Medical Center. The doctor specializes in pediatrics of the ear, nose and throat. The implant surgery she peforms helps deaf children to hear.

I think the article taught a lesson to me and people in Westchester that implants can help a person so much, that they help deaf people live the life they always wanted.

A question I have is why did the doctor become an ear, nose, and throat specialist instead of becoming a regular doctor?

In the end I was very surprised that the young girl after the surgery could eventually hear and talk.

I think that the story was very interesting to me in many different ways at the same time I liked very much. Because it involves an electronic ear piece that gets implanted into the ear. Because those electronic things that go into the human body are cool.

danchopper gaoga said...

"Mars Science Lab launch delayed two years"
By Alan Silverleib

I read about the mars mission being delayed until 2011. The writer thinks that NASA is spending to much on projects.

I thought that the article was very interesting. I really liked the article because it seems to talk alot about life on Mars and NASA's problems. I realy think that NASA is a very interesting space group because they seem to launch alot of very eye catching things into space to find some other planets and living objects like a U.F.O.

What shocked me is that they have a budget of $15 billion for projects into space. I really think that it's too much for one agency of space astronomy.

What I whould like to know is:
1. How do they train their astronauts?
2. Did they ever see a U.F.O?
3. Can people really live on Mars?

Fredy Snitchelburger said...

The name of my article is volcanoes climate change by Jason Wolfe. I found this article in the New York Times magazine. This article is about when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991. 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide and ash particles blasted mor than 12 miles high into the atmosphere. I liked the artical because it is interesting in so many ways. What interested me was that 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide and ash particales blasted more than 12 miles high into the atmosphere. My question is how did the sulfur dioxide and ash particles blast so high into the atmosphere.

manny lautner:) said...

A Stormy History

- by Emily Sohn

The article I read was about how in the past years there have been more and more destructive hurricanes over the years, and how scientists have been blaming them on the change of the climate.

I liked this article because it was interesting learning about all the hurricane facts, like how a category 5 is the strongest type of hurricane there can be, and how a bunch of researchers put on scuba diving gear and drilled into underwater corals which reveal hurricane history.

This article has taught me about how many hurricane's have happened and how dangerous and serious they can be.

I was surprised to hear that between 1971 - 1994 an average of 1.5 category 3 or higher hurricanes swept through the North Atlantic and Caribbean oceans each year.

A question I have about this article is:
Has there ever been a hurricane so bad it went past a category 5?

I liked this article because of all its interesting facts and because it really makes you think about being prepared for hurricanes because you never know when it can happen.

Yolanda Figgle said...

‘Thin Ice’
-Jane Shin Park
Publication: Seventeen Magazine
August 2009 Beauty & Health 1 Pgs. 166-169

My article was about eating disorders and anorexia in teens and how
Internet and pop culture might be causing a greater risk and while
some races are being ignored, as a example in a few interviews all the
girls say they imagine anorexic girls as wealthy and Caucasian/White.
Sites promoting eating ballooned by 470 percent since 2006, now many
pro-eating disorder groups are popping all around face book, employees
are trying to delete all these groups.

I thought the article was very interring that races are being ignored,
even though 50% more African American girls than Caucasian have the
eating disorder bulimia, it was very shocking. I really had not that
many questions just is it really pop culture or is it pressure that is causing these problems
what I wonder.

Yolanda Figgle
<3 <3

input said...

My article is about a rocket test by NASA. The rocket created a glowing cloud(called a noctilucent cloud ) on September 20th 2009

This article appealed to me because I was there to see it, along with 5 of my closest friends. I have many questions about this article, my favorite of these is why didn’t NASA tell the public about this experiment? With an experiment like that you have got to tell someone about it. My friends and I were playing out in the backyard when all of a sudden, my Dad pointed out something that looked like a comet. One of my friends thought it was some sort of supernatural cosmic incident. He even claimed that the big dipper was upside down. I just reminded him the sky doesn’t come labled this end up.

You probably want to know if the experiment was a success-if so, yes. Infact the sight was visable across the United States’ east coast.

GotLax18 said...

Torturing 'does not get the truth'
By Professor O'Mara
found at BBC news

The article is about a professer hew found out that to much stresh on a person makes it unable for them to recall information.

I thought the article was good, I learned a lot from it. Like, special forces soldiers under extreme stress had trouble recalling previously learned information.

I was suprised that most interrogations take longer or dont work because the person can't recall information because stress hormones clog the normal pathways of your brain.

I would like to know how the professor tested his theory.

Pengu97 said...

Penguin Pressure
By: Emily Sohn

Summary: A scientist named Dee Boersma stops a dock from being built over 197 penguin nests. Then she explains about penguins and how they are endangered.

Reflection: As a big penguin fan, I really loved this article. It was very informative about what was happening to penguins right now. It said that their still is a chance for all the species and explained ways that scientists are helping the penguins. It was very detailed and I really enjoyed reading it.

The main thing that interested me was that it was about penguins, but there were some cool stories. There was also stuff about how penguins can help us learn about the affects of global warming. One way is by studying their behavior. Another is by taping cameras to their backs, so the scientists can see how the fish amount is declining.

The main question I had at the end of the article was how we, just normal people in a little village, could help. After reading this I felt bad that humans did this to penguins and I want to do something about it. I also want to know how Dee Boersma didn’t get arrested after what she did. I mean, I know what she did was right, but I just wonder how she wasn’t arrested.

Diablo666 said...

Reading The Brains Of Pigeons In Flight
by Henry Fountain

This article is about a group of European scientists who wanted to know what pigeons thought as they flew. The scientists then placed homing devices and neurologgers on the pigeons.
I thought this article was really cool because it gave me a lot of questions like "Why don't pigeons' brains go crazy when they see a boring landmark?" or "Does this determine what pigeons think when they release 'the white stuff' on cars and statues?"
I was surprised to find out that pigeons didn't go crazy about just ant landmark. They only noticed the familiar landmarks.
My only question was what the pigeons were gonna do once they were all united. Were they going to attempt to communicate with extraterrestrials? Were they going to plan what they were gonna bomb with their droppings next? I wanna know!

Diablo666, out.

Katy Perry said...

"Greener Diet"
By Emily Sohn
Found at

This article is about how producing and eating meat like chicken, pork, beef -you name it- can make a huge impact on the earth and it's climate. But don't worry, this article also gives some good suggestions on how we can turn that around and make the world a better place.

Personally, I thought this article was very interesting, because I learned something that suprised me and really got me thinking.
Before I read this, I never thought about the fact that by eating one hamburger you can make such a big impact on global warming. I also liked it because instead of just talking about how bad the temperatures of the world have become because of producing meat, but also how we can change that.

After reading this one part in the article were is talks about how one half-pound all-beef burger adds up to the equivalent of about 19 times that burgers weight in carbon dioxide, I was shocked! I couldn't believe my eyes, so when I read on and found out how much work is put in to raise,feed,slaughter and deliver one beef patty on a plate I was so intrested, and I wanted to read on. I also learned a gross fact: cow manure is a major source of methane, and methane contributes to greenhouse gases.

A question I still am wondering about is how much carbon dioxide is absorbed into the air every year? How much of that is from barbequing?

Mr. Asianboy said...

Nintendo might cut Wii prices down by $50 to $200
no author shown

I read about how Nintendo might cut the Wii prices down by $50 to $200. They say "beginning September 27th at Best Buy", and elswhere the new prices take place.

I think the article is pretty interesting, because it will make people excited because they might cut the price down by $200 maybe! I didn't like the article because now when i sell my Wii, it will be worth much less than it originally was.
I was suprised that Nintendo would even think of cutting the price down by $50 to $200, because they wouldn't make that much money if it is that much less.
What i want to know is how much exactly will the price be for the Wii. Also, why would they cut the price down that much money, because (like i mentioned before) they won't make as much money.

Jimbojones446 said...

A brain-boosting video game
By: Unknown

I found the article Science News for Kids.
The article is about how playing the game Tetris can make a part of your brain big this part it the gray matter. It can only do this if you play the game for 3 months but it can only make that part of the brain bigger.

I think the article is awesome because I thought that the brain can only grow when you are at the age of 1 to 6. That Tetris can make your gray matter (the gray matter stores your memory) bigger if you play it for 3 months. One of the questions I have is can a boys gray matter grow also is it only the video game Tetris that make your gray matter bigger or can any video game. How thick can a gray matter get.

eatsleepswim said...

Torturing 'does not get truth'
No author given
I got this article from BBC News or

This article is about professor Shane O’Mara of Trinity College, Dublin and she is showing that torturing does not get the truth.

I thought that it was a good article but it was a little hard to understand so I didn’t really like that much. I think if I were older or a little more of a complex reader maybe I would enjoy it more but it was just a little hard to understand.

I was actually surprised about what the topic itself because I always thought torture got the truth. Also after I read the article I think they should try to use torture as less as possible because if it doesn’t get the truth what’s the point?

I actually have a lot of questions some about the spelling but the ones about the article are like should they instead of torture? What are other ways to get the truth?

Anonymous said...

Fake Name: oregontrvlr

Title: Weird New Ghostshark Found; Male Has Sex Organ on Head

Were article found: National Geographic website

Summary: This article contains information on how this new species was found and what it looks like and its environment. It also involves a lot about how it was able to avoid being discovered since the 1960s

a) What did you think about the article? Did you like it or not? Why?
I liked this article a good amount, but it could have been a little bit more explanatory or detailed in some spots.
b) What interested you or surprised you about the article?
I think that this article was interesting because it is fun to learn about newly discovered things.
Also because it is so out of the ordinary to hear about something with a sex organ on its head.
c) What questions do you have about what you read? What would you like to know more about what you’ve read?
1. How does having your sex organ on your head benefit you?
2. Why doesn’t it like light?

Flaming wombat said...

Gone in a Flash
By: Theodore Gray
Published in: Popular Science Magazine

A man conducted an experiment in which he burned several diamonds and several fake precious stones (including cubic zirconia). The diamonds melted into a pool of liquid oxygen while the fakes survived.

I liked this article because it had a very human tone it started with explaining how much the author hated diamonds and always kept a contradictory tone throughout. What interested me about this was how it changed many common beliefs like “Diamonds are forever” and “YOUR SO STUPID! DIAMONDS CAN’T BURN!” it also described the makeup of a diamond and how it can burn. After reading this, the only questions I have are: Is this why diamonds are cut with laser? and Why don’t diamonds melt/burst into flames when cut with a laser?

soccerlovr said...

Greener Diet
Author not given

This article was mainly about how beef adds to green house gases. If everyone in the world became a vegetarian global warming would decrease by more than half.

I thought the article was fascinating. I liked the way the article explained how beef is bad for the environment. I liked this article because it had a lot of uses full information such as the process of making a one half-pound all-beef burger adds the equivalent (made up of other greenhouse gases) of about 19 times that hamburger’s weight in carbon dioxide.
Questions I have:
1. How do the lettuce, tomato, and bun contribute to global warming?
2. How can we get Americans to eat less beef?
3. How do you measure the percent of carbon dioxide that is produced by the use of beef in America?

Scienediva7 said...

Title: Dissappearing Act
Author: Not given
Origin: Odyssey magazine
The summary of this article is about the decrease in honey bees. And reserachers are trying to find a solution.
I thought that the decrease of honey bees in the USA and Canda is really bad. It says in Feb. 12 2007 that beekeepers in 22 states havw lost over 80% of their coloines! It can become a major problem not just for honey, but for many other plants that need to pollinate. Researhers say that they have no idea of what caused these strange drops in population.
I thought this article was very interesting and I really liked it. Since this article was related to evironment, it's one of my favorite topics I like to read. Even though most of it was sad, researchers say that they have a new idea to stop the drop.
What interested me the most was that researchers say that solitary bees may bee the solution. Why they're better than honey bees is that its 75% of the population in USA, and they can adapt to artifical condos.
Can solitary bees do as much work as honey bees?
Will the poulation increase by 2010?
Is there a way that we can help these bees so they will increase?

curl the sheep said...

In Surprise, Moon Shows Signs of Water
by Kenneth Chang
Summary: Data from three space crafts show the widespread presence of hydrolyxol, a molecule with one atom of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen as opposed to two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen in water. Lori M. Feagan says the process of finding water will only go one milliliter into the lunar surface, if this is true they would have to an area the size of a football field to get a quart of water.

Reflection: I enjoyed reading this article because it definitely gave a fair amount of interesting information. The article was interesting because scientists had supposedly found the presence of water on the moon. Of course some of that water may be hydrolyxol and not water at all. Lori M. Feagan says that the process of finding water will only go one millimeter into the lunar surface, if this is true they may have to scrape the area of a football field to find a quart of water. Even if the water is actual waterhow will scientists and astronauts know how much water they are getting? What if all the water is actually hydrolyxol, will it be drinkable? I would definitely like to learn more on the subject.

cookiemonster11 said...

Laser satellite records ice loss
By Jonathan Amos

This article is mainly about how places like Greenland and Antarctica are losing lots of ice. The ice is getting smaller and thinner and landing in the ocean.

I liked this because it shows you the things that are happing in the areas that have ice. Basically they are showing global warming. It really surprised me in the article, that all of that was happing within a few years. I would like to know what is going on in other places, not just only places with ice.

sportboy said...

this football juinor rushed 224 yards this athlete got 6 touchdowns with 19 carries this kid lead the trojans to a victory of 44
to 34

reflection:i picked this article because
i am very intrested in the amazing sport
of football and it is cool that a kid is this good

Amu Spade said...

Ancient And Bizarre Fish Discovered: New Species Of Ghostshark From California And Baja California

I couldnt find the author, but I found it on

The artical is about a new species of ghostshark found in CA.

I thought the artical was really interesting because you'd think that there so many animals in the word already discovered, but there so many we havn't seen before!

What suprised me was that Chimaeras have a ton of names. The ones they listed were
ratfish, rabbitfish, and ghostsharks.

The only question I have is, how did they deiscover this ghostshark?

shmunkle said...

title the professor's back
authur none
game stop magazine

It's about a sequol to a puzzle game I like called professor layton and the diabolical box.

I liked the artical because it showed me a sneak peak of a game I wanted. I was surprised for the fact that a guy that came up with 180 puzzles could come up with 180 more. I would have liked if they told you more about the puzzles because the game is pretty much a giant puzzle.

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