Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children October 2017

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

How to Make Martian Bricks If humans want to live on Mars someday, they’ll need houses. But lugging building materials all that way will be a pain. So engineers have been testing ways to make bricks on Mars, out of dusty, red Mars dirt. For their experiments, they used artificial Mars dirt that was just like the real thing. They first thought they’d need to add something to stick the dirt together. Or maybe they would need to add water and bake the bricks to make them strong. But it turned out all they needed was to hit the dirt really hard. When they put some Mars dirt into a tube and smashed it with a weight, one good thump squashed the dirt into a flat, super-strong disc. Instant brick! Plastic-Munching Caterpillars Plastic trash…

6 min.
something out there

Earth is a big and surprising place. Scientists discover new plants and animals every year. On the other hand, people have spent years looking for some creatures with no luck. So how do scientists decide if they’ve got a new discovery, or just another campfire story? The Mountain Ape: A Real Find Germany, 1902 Trembling with excitement, Paul Matschie opened the package from Africa. Inside the box were the bones of a strange ape that Captain Robert von Beringe had shot in the mountains of Rwanda. “I cannot identify it,” von Beringe’s letter said. “It is too large to be a chimpanzee.” It was the largest primate skeleton Matschie had ever seen. It had huge feet and hands…hand. One hand was missing. “Sorry about the hand,” von Beringe wrote, “hyenas got it. But…

3 min.
the man who made monsters

If you drive along Interstate 10 near Tucson, Arizona, a series of bright yellow billboards might catch your eye: “The THING? Mystery of the Desert!” “The THING? What Is It?” “The THING? Don’t Miss It! Exit 322” You can’t help but wonder—what could it possibly be? The truth is, it’s not a mysterious creature captured in the desert. It isn’t an alien from outer space. The Thing is the work of Homer Tate, an artist who made monsters for a living. Roadside Attractions As a boy, Homer liked to make art and sculpt figures out of wax and clay. When he grew up, he found work as a miner, a farmer, and even a sheriff—but he still loved to create with his hands. Then he saw something that sparked an idea for a new way to…

5 min.
sea monsters in kansas

During the Cretaceous period, 140 million to 65 million years ago, a shallow sea covered the middle of the United States. Much of the Dakotas, Texas, and Kansas were underwater. Imagine you are on the ancient Kansas seashore. It’s a peaceful scene. An armor-plated ankylosaur lumbers along in the distance. A sea turtle digs its nest on the beach nearby. Toothed birds wheel in the sky overhead, while a flock of flightless birds floats on the waves. Suddenly the sea’s surface ripples. The birds squawk in alarm as a monstrous head rises above the water. Sharp teeth clamp on one unlucky member of the flock, which struggles in the creature’s strong jaws before disappearing helplessly down the great gullet. What was this terrible monster? A giant mosasaur. What Big Jaws You Have Mosasaurs…

1 min.
shark !

Wild Hunters! Sharks are the most fearsome hunters in the ocean—swift and deadly! Terrible Teeth! Sharks’ mouths are filled with rows of razor-sharp teeth. When a tooth wears out, a new one moves in to replace it. A shark may shed 50,000 teeth in a lifetime! Sharp Skin! Sharks even have teeth on their skin! Shark skin is made of toothy scales called “denticles,” sharp enough to cut your hand! Power Jaws! Sharks’ jaws are so strong they can bite through steel cables! Lurking Peril! Sharks often hunt at dusk and after dark—the most dangerous times for swimmers. You Can’t Hide! You may not see sharks, but they can see you! Sharks can see, smell, and feel prey moving from half a mile away. They can even sense the electricity of living bodies! Look Out! Great white, tiger, and bull sharks are the…

1 min.

Ancient Fish Sharks have been around for 400 million years, since before the dinosaurs. Top Predators Sharks are at the top of the ocean food chain and help keep the oceans healthy. Many Kinds There are over 350 species of sharks. They are found in all the world’s oceans, from tropical reefs to icy Arctic seas. Eat Fish Sharks eat fish, squid, and other ocean animals—not people. Safe to Swim The truth is, sharks avoid humans and rarely bite. On average, one person every other year dies from a shark bite in the U.S. That makes sharks far less dangerous than cows, which kill about 20 Americans a year. Curious, not Mad If a shark does bite, usually it’s just curious, or has mistaken a surfboard for a seal. Like any wild animal, sharks will bite if you harass them. But…