EVANSTON, Ill. --- For the last three months, some 1,000 middle and high school students from the Chicago area and beyond have been using science equipment almost 9,000 miles away to learn about radioactivity and shed light on the question “Do cell phones fry your brain?”

The five-day laboratory curriculum on radioactivity is a product of the iLab Network, which is supported by a $1 million National Science Foundation grant shared by Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. iLab researchers at Northwestern are developing remote online laboratory experiences for high school students that for...

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