Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children

Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children

May/June 2021
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Kids who can't help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. MUSE is perfect for any kid interested in science, history, and the arts. Grades 5-9

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6 minuti
letter of the month

Horsing Around I am the Scottish-Irish princess Hannah. I live in the castle of Freswick and have a unicorn-dog hybrid and a rabid little brother. If I’m being honest, I think that you should do an issue about . . . (drumroll, please) . . . horses! I think my horse, Sir Cuddles McGlitterpants, would like that very much. I would appreciate it, too. Thank you very much. I love Muse, and if you don’t publish this, I will send my rabid little brother and an army of his little friends to demolish Muse HQ. —HANNAH N. / California Everyone seems to have a pet but me. I want a dorm pet at the very least. Hmmm, what should we name it? —O Dragons Three He’ll Send to Thee I am a huge Lego fan. I’m…

4 minuti
muse news

REWRITING HISTORY Women Hunt, Too SOME GROUPS OF PEOPLE TODAY RELY ON HUNTING AND GATHERING FOR THEIR FOOD.IN THOSE GROUPS, the hunters are usually men. Researchers thought the same thing was true in the distant past. But the discovery of a prehistoric female hunter shows it wasn’t always the case. In the Andes Mountains in South America, scientists found a burial site that’s about 9,000 years old. An ancient human had been buried with a lot of their stuff. That stuff included many stone tools for hunting animals, as well as tools for dealing with animals’ meat and skins. Surprisingly, the human skeleton was female. The researchers took a closer look at other sites where ancient humans had been buried with hunting tools. They found evidence that several of these skeletons were actually female,…

5 minuti
can you please lower your voice?

James Kirk* remembers what it was like to be sensitive to sounds in elementary school. “Loud noises were probably the worst for me,” he says. “The other kids laughed when I crawled under my desk during a fire drill.” In addition to the problem in response to loud noises such as bells or sirens, he had difficulty paying attention to his teacher or focusing on schoolwork because he could not filter out the distractions in his classroom. “I picked up bits and pieces of what was being said, but I didn’t do so well back then because I was always looking around to locate the sources of the noises that no one else seemed aware of.” This kind of sensitivity to noise and sound can be unrelated to a person’s ears…

6 minuti
learning to hear

When Elexis Blake was an 8-month-old baby, her grandmother noticed something unusual. Elexis didn’t seem to notice sounds, like a dog barking. “She shook a jar full of pennies behind my head,” says Elexis, now 25. “I didn’t turn. But I was very interested in the jar when she showed it to me.” Her family took Elexis to an audiologist (a medical specialist who can test for hearing problems). The audiologist told her parents that she was profoundly deaf in both ears. When Are Hearing Problems Diagnosed? Most babies get a hearing check soon after they are born. If the test detects hearing problems, parents are told to visit an audiologist for more tests. When Elexis had her first hearing test, the doctor may have thought that her results would improve in time. That was…

1 minuti
how does hearing work?

Hearing is all about vibrations. Sounds travel through the air in waves. Those waves go in your ear. They travel down the ear canal to the eardrum. Similar to a real drum, the eardrum vibrates. Tiny bones pick up the vibrations and send them to the cochlea. The cochlea looks like a pea-sized snail and is filled with fluid. The vibrations cause a wave in the fluid in the cochlea. Tiny hairs in the cochlea ride the wave. Their dance sends chemical signals to the auditory nerve, which connects to the brain. Your brain then translates these signals into the sounds you hear. It also identifies what each sound is and where it’s coming from. And all of that happens in less than a second!…

1 minuti
meet dr. howard francis

He focuses on diseases of the ears, nose, and throat, a specialty called otolaryngology (oh-toelare-un-gah-luh-jee). His elementary school teachers might be surprised to know of his success! “I was a mischievous child,” he said. “I was easily distracted and was held back a year in school.” Francis grew up in Jamaica. Two of his aunts were nurses. “When I was 12, I decided I wanted to be a doctor,” he says. “I knew I had to study. Fortunately, I discovered I loved the sciences.” He also liked to read. Some of his favorite books were about brothers who solved mysteries. “I loved the idea that people can work as a team and solve problems,” he says. Francis completed high school at 16 and traveled to the United States for college. He attended medical school…