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Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children January 2018

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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United States
Langue:
English
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Cricket Media, Inc.
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Monthly
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1 min.
how the whale lost its teeth

The largest creatures in the world eat some of the tiniest food. Some whales, including the enormous blue whales, feed on boatloads of itsy-bitsy ocean animals. And these whales don’t have teeth! Instead, their mouths are filled with long strands of bristly stuff called baleen. The whales take in big mouthfuls of water and use the baleen to filter out food. Scientists aren’t sure how baleen evolved. The ancestors of these whales had sharp teeth. But the fossil of an ancient whale has revealed a clue. This animal lived 30 million years ago. Its back teeth had weird, jagged tops. Scientists think the whale used the spaces in its teeth to filter out food. This might have been a step in the evolution of baleen—and totally toothless whales. Uranus and Neptune…

1 min.
ants stack up

Fire ants can make amazing structures with their bodies. In a flood, they grab hold of each other and form a floating raft. To cross a gap, they can become a bridge. And they can create towers like this one, using a wall or a plant for support. Researchers watched ants building towers in the lab. They found that the towers constantly shifted as new ants climbed to the top and others left the bottom. The structures always had the same shape, a bit like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. That shape lets every ant in the tower hold the same amount of weight. The researchers think fire ants build these towers without knowing it. They don’t make a plan. They just climb on each other until they find a stable place…

5 min.
noodles!

Children in Italy playfully suck in stringy spaghetti. In China, chopsticks grab fat noodles in sauce. The Japanese noisily slurp their soba. People all around the world have enjoyed noodles for thousands of years. But did you ever stop to think: who ate the very first noodle? To make noodles and other pasta, all you really need is flour and water. In fact the word pasta means “flour paste.” People first started growing wheat and making flour in the Middle East around 10,000 years ago. But no one had ever found a prehistoric noodle—until recently. Noodles East In 2002, scientists were digging in the ruins of an ancient Chinese city. They saw an upside-down clay bowl. When they lifted it, inside was a 4,000-year-old noodle! This very stale leftover was perfectly preserved. Because…

1 min.
yankee doodle’s macaroni

Have you ever wondered about the line in the song “Yankee Doodle” that goes, “stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni”? Is this just pure nonsense, or does it mean something? In the 1700s, it was fashionable for rich young Englishmen to travel to Italy to see the sights. There they often developed a taste for noodles. Back then, “macaroni” meant any kind of noodle. Pasta was rare outside Italy, so eating macaroni became a way to show off that you had traveled. And “macaroni” became a slang word for these fashionable young people and the silly fashions they followed.…

1 min.
what is gluten?

Pasta is often made from wheat flour, the ground-up seeds of wheat plants. Gluten is a mix of tangly proteins inside the seeds. It helps new plants grow. Gluten is also found in other grains, like barley and corn. Gluten is what makes pasta and bread dough stretchy and springy. When a chef kneads (mashes and stretches) dough, the tangly bits of gluten link up into a stretchy net. The net traps water and makes the dough chewy. The more gluten the flour has, the more stretchy it will get. The best pasta flour has lots of gluten. Why Can’t Some People Eat Gluten? Gluten is a natural part of wheat and is not usually harmful. But some people (about 1 in 130) suffer from a sickness called celiac disease. Their bodies’…

1 min.
pasta polly’s guide to polite noodle eating

In Japan, it is polite to SLURP your noodles loudly. That’s a compliment to the chef! In Thailand, do not slurp! Slurping is considered rude. You can use chopsticks for noodles in soup, but for noodles on a plate, use a fork or spoon. Shh—eat quietly! When stylish Italians want to keep their spaghetti on their forks, they twirl each fork-full of noodles on the plate or a spoon. The twirling keeps the sauce neat too. It’s also OK to slurp in China. For less messy soup eating, use your chopsticks to lift some noodles into your spoon. In America, it is not polite to slurp. Also, do not fling macaroni at your brother, or put spaghetti on the dog. And wherever you go, it is always polite to say “Thank you! That was delicious!” text…