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Muse: The magazine of science, culture, and smart laughs for kids and children October 2018

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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Ever wonder what’s behind the scenes at your favorite museum? A room full of cursed artifacts? Probably not. But there’s still lots to see: drawers of preserved birds and pinned butterflies, plants from around the world, vintage explorers’ journals. These types of collections are more than just dead stuff. They’re biodiversity collections, or biocollections, and they’re full of valuable information about our world. THE PROBLEM: To scientists, biocollections are a powerful tool for studying how the climate, the environment, genetics, and other things change over time. But wading through cabinets full of preserved spiders in museums around the world takes time, effort, and travel. Museums and universities want to make their biocollections easier for everyone to study by digitizing them. Digitizing collections usually means taking a photo or scan of each…

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muse mail

Thank you for the note Bex. It’s always good to meet fellow cyborgs—and that includes sort-of ’borgs. Tech that keeps our bodies healthy is basically the best. Oh and by the way, I love reading about science. Ever thought of writing about science topics you care about? I second Whatsi’s question. Plus, some scientists are also writers. Hail, Empress Dear Whatsi, I am also a cyborg. Sort of. I have type 1 diabetes, and I have an insulin pump attached to my leg. So yes, I am a cyborg. Anyways, I love Muse! It’s the coolest magazine. I also get Ask, Cricket, and Cobblestone, so that’s quite an achievement. Also, I own four cats, all of which are adorable. Sadly, I’m not going to be a scientist. *Sighs of disappointment* . .…

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an aurora named steve

Near the top of the world, lucky viewers can see colorful lights dancing in the night sky. The phenomenon is called the northern lights, or aurora borealis. At the Earth’s opposite pole, there’s the aurora australis, or southern lights. Now scientists have recognized a new aurora that sometimes appears south of where the northern lights are visible. It looks like a thin purple ribbon arcing across the sky from east to west. And its name is Steve. Citizen scientists first discovered the new aurora and gave it a nickname. These people were participating in a project called Aurorasaurus, where they shared pictures and observations of these natural light shows. Scientists from NASA used a satellite to study the aurora. They think it’s related to a hot stream of charged particles flowing…

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ancient “gates to the underworld” were really deadly

IN ANCIENT Greece and Rome, certain sites were known as doorways to the underworld. People thought these portals gave off deadly breath. In rituals, crowds might watch while a priest led a bull or other animal into one of these gates. The animal would die—but the priest would live. Now researchers have found a scientific explanation for the spooky sites. Archaeologists recently unearthed a gate to the underworld, in what’s now Turkey. The deadly chamber was also called the Plutonium (named for Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld). This site sits on top of a crack in the earth that gives off volcanic gases. Researchers found that carbon dioxide gas collected inside the Plutonium at deadly levels. The heavy gas stays low to the ground, making a “lake” of poisonous air.…

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elephants are lefties or righties too

IF YOU’RE right-handed, like most people are, writing with your left hand can be almost impossible. If you’re a lefty, using scissors with your right hand probably feels awkward. Other animals also have a preference for one side or the other. They might prefer to use their right paw, or their left fin. And a new study shows that African elephants prefer one tusk over the other. The researchers studied 683 pairs of tusks from dead elephants. They found that one tusk was usually more worn down than the other. This suggests the elephant used that tusk more often for tasks like digging in the ground or ripping bark from trees. As elephants got older, their tusks got more mismatched.…

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the immortal guinea pig

IT’S ALWAYS sad when a pet dies. But now there’s a way for your lost pet to live on—at least, if it’s a guinea pig. Ghost Guinea is a robotic guinea pig. It has real-feeling fur and comes in 10 color options. After your pet guinea pig dies, you can order a Ghost Guinea in a matching color. Then you can program the robot by entering information about your deceased guinea pig’s personality: What was its favorite food? How squeaky was it? Where did it like to be scratched? Ghost Guinea’s makers say the robot will imitate your lost pet so closely that you almost won’t know the difference. The company is also working on versions for other pets, such as turtles and hamsters. Dogs and cats have behavior that’s too complex…