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

Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children February 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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6 min.
muse mail

Hare Brained I am interested in the hot pink bunny (HBP) case. I have read all the accounts of the story, but I want to know the full story. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the old Muses (2002–2004)—they were written before I was born!—and neither does my library. I am homeschooled and love coding. I agree with Ethan K. (March 2018) that you should do an issue on the maker movement. If you do not print this letter, I guess I’ll just resend it over and over and over and over and over and over until you finally print it. —ADRIEN L. / age 12 / The smallest state in the U.S. (Rhode Island) Greetings Adrien. Thank you for your letter. I’m not sure why the hot pink bunnies garner so much…

4 min.
muse news

JUST STICK TO IT How Lizards Survive Storms When bad weather hits, many animals don’t have a place to hide. Certain island lizards can survive a wind storm by holding on with their front toes and letting their bodies fly. Researchers had just finished studying a common lizard species on Caribbean islands when two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hit the area. The researchers went back to the islands to look at the lizards again. Lizards with bigger pads on their toes had been more likely to survive the hurricanes, the scientists saw. The surviving lizards also had longer front limbs and smaller back limbs. To learn more about how toe pads help lizards tough out bad weather, the scientists brought some of the animals into the lab. As the lizards clung to a…

4 min.
aracely chavez student inventor

Growing up near Los Angeles, California, Aracely Chavez often saw homeless people. So when she and a group of her high-school classmates set out to invent something that would help others, they thought of a tent. As participants in DIY Girls, an afterschool program, the 12 students designed and built a high-tech tent. It folds up into a backpack. It has solar panels that power a phone charger and lights. (The team imagined that if a homeless family had their tent, kids could use the lights to do their homework.) The team also planned to add a system for cleaning the inside of the tent with ultraviolet light. Their project won a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program. The girls sewed, soldered, and programmed a prototype. Then they traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts,…

2 min.
behind the scenes with diy girls inventeam

1 Identify the Problem Team members list concerns in their community. They spend weeks reflecting. With time, they narrow it to one. Homelessness is a major problem, and it’s on the rise. “We see homeless people in our community—at church, on the streets, and in our family,” the team blogs. But can they really make a difference? The DIY Girls InvenTeam digs in deeper. 2 Research The students learn more about the problem. They read articles and listen to podcasts. Then they interview people who serve L.A.’s homeless population. The team visits The Homeless Studio at the University of Southern California (USC). There, architecture students build homes from discarded supplies. USC builders discuss tools, materials, and structures. The DIY Girls InvenTeam decides to design a tent for a mother and two kids. A patent…

7 min.
out of the dolphin cave & into the ocean

Mark Agostinelli and several of his classmates descend into the dolphin cave. It’s a dark and dusty school basement in Hyannis, Massachusetts, a coastal community located on Cape Cod. Amidst the clutter of old school desks and construction equipment sits something the size of a snowmobile. It looks sort of like a gigantic child’s wagon, but with oversized wheels and a canvas sling. It was designed to rescue dolphins. Today, though, the invention is the one in need of rescue. Mark and his friends are here to take it out of the basement. They plan to get it ready to make a difference in the real world. We’re Gonna Need a Better Cart Four years earlier, in 2011, a different group of students had come together with a goal. They wanted to…

2 min.

Q: If everything the human brain does is basically sets of electrical impulses, how exactly does that translate into a state of mind? —Alejandro M., age 15, Washington A: You’re not the only one asking this question. Every neuroscientist in the world is wondering the exact same thing, says Zach Mainen, who studies the brain and mind at—get this—the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal. In fact, it’s one of the biggest mysteries in science. Here’s what neuroscientists do know: certain parts of the brain are responsible for—or at least involved in creating—certain experiences, feelings, and abilities. For example, your ability to speak seems to depend in part on a particular piece of your left frontal lobe called Broca’s area, named after the doctor who discovered it in the 1860s. How do…