On Dean’s Corner, Jeffrey Toney reports the winners of Google’s first Science Fair, and in all age groups the winner was a girl. They researched some very challenging and relevant topics: Lauren “studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken,” Naomi “endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications,” and Shree “discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.” On a mostly unrelated note, Josh Rosenau transcribed the responses of all 50 Miss USA contestants to the question, “Should evolution be taught in schools?” While most said we should teach “both sides,” winner Miss California said “I was taught evolution in my high school growing up, and I do believe in it, I mean I’m a huge science geek, so I like to believe in like the big bang theory, and you know, the evolution of humans you know, throughout, you know, time.” Amen to that, sister.


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