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March 17th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Is the U.S. challenging students in science and math?

Are schools in the United States doing enough to teach our kids math and science? According to a recent study, out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranks 19th in science and 27th in math.

But an elite research competition - the Intel Science Talent Search - is hoping to find future scientists among U.S. high school students. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Filed under: Education • Science
March 17th, 2011
09:20 AM ET

Intel Science Talent Search winners take home big bucks

Intel Corporation and the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) have announced this year's winner's for the Intel Science Talent Search, the most elite high school research competition.

17-year-old Evan O'Dorney from Danville, CA won the competition, earning him $100,000 in scholarship money. For his award-winning project, O'Dorney compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer and determined when the faster way would work.

Second Place winner Michelle Hackman of Great Neck, N.Y. will take home $75,000 in scholarship money for her study on the effect of separating teenagers from their cell phones.

O'Dorney, Hackman and Wendy Ramage Hawkins, Executive Director of the Intel Foundation, talk to Christine Romans about this year's competition.

Filed under: Education • Science • U.S.
March 17th, 2011
08:40 AM ET

Calm in the face of disaster

Images out of Japan show citizens remaining calm and stoic in the wake of last week's disaster.

Jeffrey Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Japan, talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about how the people of Japan are handling the tragedy.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake
March 17th, 2011
08:38 AM ET

Attempt to cool Daiichi reactor fails

Workers continue to try to cool the nuclear reactors at the Daiichi plant in Japan, but emergency crews had to temporarily withdraw water canons after high radiation levels were detected Thursday.

Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer and Chief Engineer with Fairewinds Associates, explains the current complications at the plant and tells Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans what needs to be done to contain potential dangers.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake
March 17th, 2011
06:43 AM ET

Nuclear clean-up: Comparing Fukushima Daiichi and Three Mile Island

Workers in Japan are risking their health to clean up the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant by cooling the nuclear reactors. Many Americans clearly remember the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island– so how does the current crisis in Japan compare?

Lake Barrett is a Nuclear Engineer and is familiar with containing nuclear crises, having served as Site Director of Three Mile Island accident. Barrett talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the challenges of containing radiation leaks and compares the current situation with the 1979 accident in the U.S.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake