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Photo of Emily Rosa EMILY ROSA

Emily Rosa's science project put the alternative therapy called therapeutic touch to the test -- a scientific test. Watching a videotape of the practice with her mother, a nurse, Emily came up with a way to test one of the claims -- namely that practitioners could sense "energy fields."

Emily, now 10, was a fourth grade student at Rivendell School in Fort Collins, Colorado, when she set up the experiment you see on this story. Her study has also been submitted to a journal for consideration. When the editors found out who conducted the study, they expressed disbelief that a young student ran the experiment. Said Emily, "It was easy!"

Emily's favorite science subject is chemistry.

See Emily Rosa's answers to Ask the Scientists questions.


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