Dear Youngziners, Hope you had a fun summer and are gearing up for start of school year.  We at Youngzine will be back with a full issue on Sept 3 - the week after Labor day weekend in the U.S. Over the past two weeks, we have been busy upgrading our classroom interface. A word on UWrites since many of you had asked. We are a small team and this summer, between travel and family emergencies, we could only run the YE (Young Editor) program. Starting next week, you will start seeing all the UWrites we have queued up appear in the order we received them. This week we will rotate some of the articles written over summer by our...
For two years in a row, we have invited Young Editors to join our team over summer! This year, we are back with our third Young Editor program. First let's answer some questions that might come to your mind. What does Young Editor mean? Think of Young Editor as an extension of our team where you will be writing main Youngzine articles. We will work with you and after the first 1-2 articles, you should be up and running on your own. We will be selecting six young editors to join our team. How long is the program? This year, it will be a six-week program from July to mid-August, where you will be writing one article a week. We...
Update : Due to persistent issues at our web hosting company, we are moving TONIGHT on 4/9. You might see some issues rest of this week as we sort them out, after which Youngzine should be back to normal.  Dear Youngziners, This week we have a short issue on Youngzine as many schools are out on spring break. It is also a time for us to address some performance issues with our website. You may have had problems with Youngzine pages loading very slowly this week or seen site down messages. Please know that we are on top of it and working with our web provider to address the issue. While a temporary fix has been made by our web...
Dear Youngziners, Do you know someone famous or an expert in a field? How would you like to be a reporter and have your interview published on Youngzine? You will see an article from Will Clifford this week in the Science and Tech section. Will had an opportunity to interview Dr. Leonard Adleman, a pioneer in a new area of computing -- called DNA computing. We were planning on writing on the same topic and were pleasantly surprised to see his article.  That got us thinking -- how cool it would be if our readers could interview important people they might know. Perhaps a scientist, an astronaut, an artist, an author, a museum curator, an environmentalist...
Dear Youngziners, It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of January. We hope the New Year is going well for you, and you are on track with what you hope to accomplish this year -- be it in academics, music, sports or other passions.  We at Youngzine, are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. It will be a new journey for us, as we become a non-profit and look at ways to raise funding so we can continue and build on what we are doing.  This week, you may have noticed that the two science articles were written by Sarah Charley. Sarah is a science writer and has written previously for NOVA and other science...
Dear Youngziners, It has been a while since we wrote a blog post as we got busy ourselves on some organizational matters. With the New Year nearing, we have resolved to start blogging again as we miss the connection with our young readers! We are sure each of you are looking forward to the holidays, to spending time with family and loved ones, and exchanging gifts. It is unfortunate that the joy of this holiday season has been overshadowed by a terrible tragedy in Connecticut. It is hard to make sense of what happened and it can leave many of us worried for our safety. Tragedies such as these are meant to wake us up, to spur us into action to make our world a...
Dear Youngziners, It is hard to believe that summer is almost over! We hope you enjoyed articles from our fantastic team of Young Editors who were part of our summer program. We had introduced them in our last blog here. We will now be taking a two-week break starting next Monday to prepare for the school year. Why, you ask? Firstly, and most importantly, the next two weeks is a crucial time as many teachers close out their old classrooms, and start new ones in preparation for the 2012-2013 academic year. We cannot help them if we are constantly updating new content on the website. It is also a time for us to push out a few new features and upgrades on the...
We hope you have been following articles on Youngzine over summer, written by our Young Editors. This week, we have a short issue with half the number of articles and UWrites. Our editorial team happened to be all traveling at the same time, with limited internet access. We will be back in full swing from next week. Meanwhile, as we are midway through our summer program, we would like to introduce our fantastic and truly international team of Young Editors who have joined us this year. We are thrilled with the quality of articles they have been sending us -- which could very well be mistaken for pieces written by adults! :) Meet Rachel from New Mexico,...
Update 5/30: We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to our Junior Editor program. We will be following up by email with all those who are interested and are not taking any new entries. Last year, we held our very first summer program where we invited Young Editors to join our team from June 15 to August 15. We selected six children from all those who had expressed an interest. And boy were we impressed with the young team!  This summer, we are back with our second annual Young Editor program. First lets answer some questions that might come to your mind. What does Young Editor mean? Think of Young Editor as an extension of our team where...
See that little dot in the picture? It isn't a smudge on the screen or a speck of dust. It is us -- our planet Earth suspended in a ray of sunlight! In 1977, NASA launched a spacecraft, Voyager 1, to study the planets Jupiter and Saturn, and their moons. On February 14, 1990, as the spacecraft reached the outer fringes of our solar system, NASA engineers turned it around for one last look at our home planet. And there it was -- a pale blue dot only 0.12 pixel in size suspended in a vast empty space. Carl Sagan, the famous astronomer, wrote an inspiring speech based on this picture. It is my all...