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Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children January 2020

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

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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9 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
nosy news

Nar-WHO-ga? An unusual skull arrived at a museum in Denmark in 1990. The skull came from a hunter, who said it had belonged to a weird-looking sea creature. Recently, scientists decided to take a closer look at the old skull with new technology. It turned out to be a narluga—an unusual cross of two different species. The animal’s father was a beluga whale. Its mother was a narwhal. The researchers figured out its identity by studying DNA from the skull and teeth. Male narwhals usually have just one tooth, which grows out of the front of the animal’s head like a unicorn horn. Belugas have lots of teeth. The narluga had an in-between number of teeth, some pointing forward like a narwhal tusk. Scientists have never seen an animal quite like it. Wandering…

2 min.
ask a pigeon!

Q What’s the difference between a pigeon and a dove? A Mostly…the name. There are about 250 species of pigeons and doves in the world. Some are called pigeons, and some are called doves (and some are called paloma), but all belong to the bird family Columba. I sometimes think people call us doves when they like us, and pigeons when they don’t! Q Are pigeons nice? A We are so sweet and trusting! Pigeons’ easy-going personality is one big reason we get on so well with humans. Q Why does every city in the world have pigeons? A Humans have themselves to thank! City pigeons all over the world are descended from rock doves, Columba livia. We are native to the Middle East and central Europe. Long ago, wild rock pigeons lived in big colonies…

1 min.
meet the family

Q How do homing pigeons find their way home? A Nobody knows completely for sure—but we’re very good at it! Pigeons have a great memory for routes, and we can follow a landscape like a map. We can tell which way is north by the sun. Plus, tiny bits of metal in our beaks act like a compass. We can also sense places where the magnetic field changes a bit, and use those landmarks. Then there’s sound. We can hear very low notes made by the earth moving. This sound is different in every place. And smell! Our sensitive noses can smell water, farms, and scents of home from many miles away. And we also like to follow other pigeons. With all these clues, the way home is usually pretty clear. Though…

2 min.
pigeon anatomy

Q Why don’t I ever see baby pigeons? A Pigeons build their nests high up on buildings, where they’re hard to spot. Baby pigeons stay snug in their nest until they are adult sized. But you might have seen a teenage pigeon. They sometimes follow their parents around, cooing and begging for food. Q Can you have too many pigeons? A No way! Unless, of course, you think there is such a thing as too much pigeon poop. Q Is it true that pigeons make milk? A Pigeons make something called “crop milk” to feed their babies. It’s not really milk—it’s a rich white liquid made by cells in the pigeon’s crop, a special pouch in the neck. Pigeon parents—both moms and dads—feed this crop milk to their squabs, or baby pigeons. They spit it…

1 min.
hello down there

In the early 1900s, most people had no idea what their homes looked like from above. Airplanes were a strange new invention. There were no robot drones or satellites looking down. About the only way to see the world from above was to go up in a hot-air balloon—or to be a bird. In 1907, a German pigeon keeper named Julius Neubronner had a bright idea. He wondered whether a pigeon might be able to carry a camera and take photos as it flew. He built a small camera in a pigeon-sized harness. The camera was rigged to automatically snap pictures as the bird circled around. He fitted it onto one of his pigeons, and away it flew. And it worked! Neubronner traveled around with his pigeon camera, taking pictures of different…

1 min.
pigeons get fancy