SciNews, Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chimpanzee mothers teach offspring to use tools; Nobel Prize in chemistry; noise is a nuisance – just a few of the themes in today’s eclectic collection of SciNews.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools. Science Daily

The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, according to new research from anthropologists.  Read more..


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Chemistry Nobel honours pioneers of world’s smallest machines. Science News for Students

The world’s smallest motors — ones far too small to see with the eye — may soon drive new innovations in chemistry, biology and computing. Three pioneers of such nanotechnology were honoured with the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The Nobel Committee in Stockholm, Sweden, announced the winners on October 5. Jean-Pierre Sauvage works at the University of Strasbourg, France. James Fraser Stoddart is at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. And Bernard Feringa works at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  Read more..


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50 years ago, noise was a nuisance (it still is). Science News

Noise, forever bombarding urban and suburban man, is becoming an increasing menace to his psychological and physical well-being. Little cars with oversized engines, enormous trucks, sirens, construction projects and jet planes are exacting high prices in frazzled nerves, fatigue and poor hearing.  Read more..


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