Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children October 2016

Each themed issue of ASK invites newly independent readers to explore the world of science and ideas with topics that really appeal to kids: What makes wind? Where do colors come from? Were pirates real? Filled with lively, well-written articles, vivid graphics, activities, cartoons, and plenty of humor, ASK is science kids demand to read! Grades 3-5

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2 min.
nosy news

The Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider How big do you think this spider is? Would you call it small? Or enormous? The answer might depend on how scared the spider makes you feel. Scientists in Israel recently asked people to look at photos of spiders and other bugs on a computer screen. For each image, they had to guess the critter’s real size. People with a major fear of spiders guessed the spiders were bigger than they actually were. They thought the spiders in the photos were larger than wasps, beetles, and even butterflies. So next time you see a huge spider, remember that fear can make things seem larger than they are—and to the spider, you’re the real giant. Picture This Need an excuse to doodle in class? Drawing a picture of something might help…

4 min.
magical monarchs

Last summer I picked a bouquet of swamp milkweed flowers to decorate my table. The next day, I noticed something creeping through the pink flowers. A tiny monarch caterpillar nibbled there! Bits of pink petals dropped to the table. I looked closely and found a second caterpillar hiding in the sea of pink. I decided to raise the caterpillars and watch them turn into butterflies. What’s going on inside the chrysalis? Even inside the caterpillar, adult butterfly parts, like wings and antennae, have started to grow, hidden underneath the skin. All the parts of an adult butterfly grow from tiny clumps of cells inside the caterpillar. Caterpillar parts break down and rearrange into new butterfly parts. The leaf-eating caterpillar’s big stomach (shown in red) shrinks—butterflies sip nectar, so they don’t need big guts. New…

3 min.
one dark and stormy night... the journey of an eel

Meet the Eel Although it looks like a snake, the eel lives in the water and is a fish. Its body is long, thin, and smooth. One fin runs along its back and around the tip of its tail. A female freshwater eel grows about 3 feet (1 m) long, while a male is about half that size. Eels hide in the mud all day and come out at night. The freshwater eel is a fish that makes two remarkable journeys, one at the beginning of its life and one at the end. It is born in the ocean, lives its adult life in a freshwater stream, then returns to the ocean. While moving from one part of the world to another, it changes its shape—not once or even twice, but five…

2 min.
a whole new me!

Metamorphosis is a Greek word meaning “to change shape.” Unlike mammals and reptiles, which just get bigger as they grow up, many insect and amphibians change shape completely. Today we ask some of these metamorphs—why do they do it? When I was a nymph, I lived underwater and ate lots, so I needed strong jaws and claws and lots of guts. But as an adult, I want to fly around to mate and lay eggs. That takes a very different body. The solution? Change! Changing shape helps us avoid food fights. Young salamanders live in the water and eat insect larvae and tadpoles. But grown-up salamanders prefer crickets and worms. Since adults and kids eat different stuff, the kids don’t have to worry that we’ll steal their lunch. Sam Salamander I started out as…

1 min.
monster man

Alan Maxson is an actor who plays monsters and creatures in movies. In real life, his head doesn’t look like a warty potato. So how did it get that way? Here’s how makeup artist George Troester transformed Alan into a creepy elf. 1 First, George covers Alan’s head with a goopy mix of plaster and alginate, from seaweed, to make a mold. Air holes let Alan breathe. 2 From the mold, George makes a cement model of Alan’s head. He adds clay to shape it into a monster. He makes a mold of that, then fills it with latex to make a rubbery whole-head mask. 3 When the mask is painted and dry, Alan puts it on and glues the edges to his skin. He adds fake teeth and colored contact lenses to…

4 min.
dinosaur deceivers

Everyone can recognize a Triceratops, with its three horns and massive bony frill. An adult Triceratops could grow 10 feet (3 m) high and weigh as much as a school bus. But what did a baby Triceratops look like? It may seem crazy, but until just a few years ago, nobody knew! No fossil baby bones had been found—so scientists could only guess. Oh, Baby! In 1997, fossil hunter Harley Garbani found the first baby Triceratops. He packed up the little bones and sent them to paleontologist Mark Goodwin. But when Goodwin put the pieces together, he was in for a surprise. The skull looked nothing like an adult’s! This baby was as cute as a button. It had a short face with big eyes, knobby bumps in place of horns, and…