the.Sci covers STEM topics such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and puts them in context with current events. These stories explain how things work, who make them happen, and why they are relevant to teens.

the.Sci Stories

Preparing for Earthquakes

Cat Wise describes the dangers of earthquakes and interviews people who work with the public to prepare them for earthquakes and other natural disasters.


Minddrive: Minds in Motion

Thai Da Silva explores the world of Minddrive, a nonprofit organization that teaches at-risk kids how to remake old cars into modern electric ones.


Trans Fat: A Hidden Killer

Elana Michelle describes the dangers of trans fats and interviews people who have worked to get trans fats banned by the FDA.


Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

Elana Michelle reports on the positive and negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing & how citizens and corporations are working together to find common ground.


California Water Wars

Spencer Michels examines the debate over rerouting water from the California delta.


'Snowstorm' of Pine Butterflies Destroys Forests

Vince Patton investigates how intermittent and overwhelming influxes of pine butterflies destroy forests in Oregon.


Spare Parts: Engineers Aim for Lab-Grown Limbs

Miles O'Brien reports on a burgeoning field of stem cell biology that allows scientists to manufacture living organs.


Talking Robots Play Part in Special Needs Therapy

Kelly, a two-foot robot built in France, works with autistic children to develop better social interaction skills. Ray Suarez reports.


SpaceX Looks to Blast 'Millions of People to Mars'

Miles O'Brien reports on the company building new rockets for NASA and its lofty aims for cheaper space flight.


Can Sleep Make You Smarter?

Miles O'Brien investigates the reason for why we sleep.


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