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Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children January 2019

Kids who can't help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. MUSE is perfect for any kid interested in science, history, and the arts. Grades 5-9

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muse mail

Hail to Our Steampunk Sovereign I am writing this letter from my castle, watching the HPBs hop around and build a giant robot. I just have to say, MUSE IS THE BEST THING EVER! (Times infinity, of course.) I discovered Muse from my school library and I read every month’s edition. And I’m going to tell you, if someone checks an edition out, I am NOT HAPPY. Did you know that I stare at the mailbox every day waiting for my next Muse magazine? And also, could you write an issue on the Industrial Revolution? Because I am very, very obsessed with steampunk. That would be great, of course. Also please make a fantasy-themed issue. I like fantasy books. They are awesome!!! (+1000 more!) And please do not send this into the…

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muse news

BACTERIA Poop Transplants Make Koalas Less Picky It’s hard to be a koala. These Australian animals are running out of places to live as humans cut down forests to build up their cities. Koalas are also in danger from diseases and cars. On top of that, the animals are picky eaters. They only eat the leaves of trees called eucalyptus. And some only eat certain kinds of eucalyptus. Their gut bacteria might be to blame. Bacteria living in koalas’ intestines help break down their food. (Bacteria in the guts of humans and other animals do the same thing.) Some of these microbes come out in an animal’s feces. Researchers studied the poop of 200 koalas around Australia. They found that most of the koalas ate just one type of eucalyptus or another—few…

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fast facts about (mostly) polar regions

NORTH POLE Want to plan a visit? Keep in mind a few things. There’s no land at the North Pole, just floating sea ice. Small groups of tourists visit in the summer months. That’s when powerful icebreaker ships can make the journey through the Arctic Ocean possible. It’s a long, expensive trip. But snapping a selfie with polar bear prints? For some, that’s priceless. ANTARCTICA You probably know it’s almost entirely covered by ice. But did you know Antarctica also contains an active volcano? It’s called Mount Erebus. Penguins and seals are native, but no person can say the same. People here are mostly tourists or researchers. Why so many researchers? Because an international agreement dedicates the continent to peaceful research activities. Science illustrators, astronomers, physicists, glacier researchers. They all work in this…

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stone - cold history

Have you ever wanted to predict the future? Climate scientists start by looking at the past. They uncover historical information and compare it to current data to help predict what the climate will be like in the future. Glaciers offer a valuable record of past climates. Climate vs. Weather What’s the difference between climate and weather? Weather and climate both have to do with the temperature outside—but in different ways! Climate refers to the long-term pattern of weather in a specific location. This includes the average amounts of rain and snow, the temperature, wind levels, and the number of storms over a period of 30 years or more. The climate of your hometown is the typical weather you see year after year. Is there always lots of snow every winter? Are summers…

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what is a glacier?

Glaciers are made of snow that has been smooshed into very large ice masses. How large? To be officially called a glacier, it must cover an area greater than 25 acres, which is about 19 football fields put together. In addition to snow, they can contain ice, rock, dirt, and water. Glaciers form anyplace where snow builds up and doesn’t entirely melt during the summer. The largest glacier in the world is the Lambert-Fisher Glacier in Antarctica. It’s 250 miles (about 400 km) long and 60 miles (about 100 km) wide. Currently, glacial ice covers 10 percent of all land on Earth. This ice contains approximately 70 percent of the world’s freshwater!…

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looking down by going up

Antarctica may seem like nothing but ice, but those glaciers cover mountains as tall as the Rockies and a lake almost as big as the state of Connecticut. And the ice sheet itself holds enough water to raise sea level by an estimated 190 feet (58 m) around the world. Radio glaciologists, like Dustin Schroeder of Stanford University, use radar to study the ice and get a glimpse of the hidden landscape below. But they don’t do it by digging down through the ice. They do it by flying high above. A SECRET LANDSCAPE Getting a glimpse beneath the icy surface is about far more than exploration. What glacial ice is made of, how cold or warm it is, and whether it is sitting on top of water or bedrock can all…