Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children March 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 ITSY-BITSY SNAIL Do you have a shell collection? These snail shells would be awesome to include. But they’re so small that you’d have a hard time showing them off to your friends. Scientists recently discovered seven new species of miniature snails in southern China. All are tiny. The littlest one has a shell less than a millimeter—smaller than a comma on this page. The scientists found the shells at the base of some limestone rocks where the snails probably live. The new species are some of the smallest snails crawling on Earth. But in the ocean, there are snails that make these look like giants. They’re only the size of this period. Ten of these tiny shells can fit inside the eye of a needle. Mars Gets Wetter A few years ago, researchers noticed dark stripes…

5 min.
town full of twins

Every August since 1976, the town of Twinsburg, Ohio, hosts the world’s largest gathering of twins. In 2015, nearly 3,000 sets of twins, triplets, and quadruplets showed up. At the annual Twins Days Festival, twins and other multiples enjoy picnics, a parade, costume contests, fireworks, a volleyball tournament, and awards for the most-alike and least-alike. And because twins get tired of being stared at, reporters are strictly forbidden. A Town for Twins Twinsburg is now famous as the town that celebrates twins—but it didn’t start out that way. The town’s original name was Millsville. Then in 1819, twin businessmen Aaron and Moses Wilcox promised to donate money for a new school and land for a town square if the town would rename itself Twinsburg, after them. And it’s been Twinsburg ever since. Moses…

6 min.
twins in space

One day at breakfast, Mark Kelly couldn’t resist sharing his food with his identical twin brother, Scott. He couldn’t really share it because Scott was too far away, so he sent his brother a picture. “Sometimes when he sends me pictures of his breakfast I’m a little envious,” Scott said in reply. But he knew his brother was just teasing him. Why would Scott feel jealous about breakfast? Because you can’t get hot, fresh toast in space. Up and Down Scott is the commander of the International Space Station (ISS), where he has been living for a year. His twin, Mark, is also an astronaut, but has spent the last year on Earth. Mark eats regular Earth food, exercises outside, and lives his life as usual. Scott only gets fresh food when cargo ships…

1 min.
no relation

Butterfly Bluff Harmless viceroy butterflies protect themselves by looking like poisonous monarchs to hungry birds. You can tell them apart by this straight line, which only viceroys have. Sneaky Stripes A hornet’s bold yellow-and-black stripes warn birds and animals to leave it alone or risk a painful sting. But look closely—not every hornet is what it seems. Venomous or Not? To tell a deadly coral snake from a harmless king snake, just remember: “Red on yellow, kill a fellow.” The Legless Look These four animals look alike, but come from completely different animal families. They have evolved similar bodies because they hunt in the same way, slithering underground to catch insects and other small prey. Masked Rascals Despite their name, red pandas are not pandas. They are very distant cousins of raccoons. Red pandas live in the Himalayas in…

4 min.
could we clone a mammoth?

During the last Ice Age, large, hairy elephants roamed Asia and the Americas. But by about 4,000 years ago, all the mammoths and mastodons had vanished. Could these ancient beasts ever come back to life? A Special Sheep Normally, to make a new baby animal, it takes two parent animals of the same species. Baby animals get half of their DNA from Mom and half from Dad. When these two halves join up inside a fertilized egg, a baby starts to grow. Without parent mammoths, there’s no way to make any more. Right? In 1996, scientists did an interesting experiment with sheep. Using a tiny needle, they removed the DNA from the center of a sheep’s egg cell. They swapped in the DNA from a different adult sheep. Then they zapped the egg so…

1 min.
whatson's book corner

Astrotwins by Mark Kelly While astronaut Scott Kelly is up in space, his twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, is staying on Earth writing books about twin brothers who want to grow up to be astronauts. In this first book of the series, the twins decide to build a rocket to launch themselves into orbit, right from their own backyard. What could go wrong? Have a Nice DNA by Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph How can a squiggly bit of protein be so important? DNA is fascinating stuff, and this book does a good job of explaining what it is and how it works. Lots of pictures show both the actual DNA and what’s going on in cells. Master the secrets of the code that controls all life! Actual DNA not included—you’ve got some already. Twice…