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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 March 2019

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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8 min.
muse mail

First Among Equals I want to say thank you to Muse for introducing me to the wide world of magazines. I haven’t been a subscriber for too long, but one of my old teachers gave me some old ones. I now have two magazine subscriptions, and maybe a third one soon. However, I still rank Muse as my favorite. I do want to request a Science through the Ages issue. If not, I’ve always been fascinated with the indefinable concept of beauty and how we perceive it. I won’t threaten you, but if this isn’t published, my little brother and I will be very angry fans. —SAM F. Just to let you know, Sam, I’d enjoy reading an essay (or even a whole book) about your concept of beauty. —WHATSI Make No…

4 min.
muse news

TECH DESK Need to Focus? Find a Mean Robot to Stare at You It can be hard to work with somebody watching you. But when that “somebody” is a cranky robot, you might actually focus better on what you’re doing. Researchers asked subjects to take what’s called a Stroop test. They saw a series of words on a computer screen, including color names like “BLUE,” “RED” or “GREEN.” The text appeared in different colors that didn’t always match what the words said. Subjects had to say what color each word was, and not get distracted by reading the word itself. People in the study also interacted with a human-like robot. The robot gave friendly answers to some people’s questions. To other people, the robot gave mean answers (like “I’m bored”). Then the subjects took…

3 min.
travel advisory

Hotels orbit Saturn’s pale orange moon, Titan. They resemble a coral reef. Jewel colors swirl. Sparkling lights shimmer. Windows bubble the walls. Cruise ships roam the docking stations like fish. The ships’ hydrogen fuel scoops mimic gills. Solar panels and sails billow like fins. In the distance, ice, gas, and mineral haulers appear and disappear. Their warp drives wrinkle the fabric of space. Then, blink. The massive ships jump across the cosmos. Meanwhile, deep-space schooners from Earth move out of the solar system. Their ion engines warm up slowly. But by the time the schooners pass the cold Oort Cloud, they hit full speed. Just a fraction under the speed of light. Compared to haulers, schooners crawl. Not that this pace bothers the Sci-licas on board. These cyborg scientists converted their human tissues…

5 min.
mike massimino

Mike Massimino’s dreams of space started when he was only six years old. It was 1969. Like millions of people all over the world, he sat glued to his family’s TV. The world held its breath watching the first man walk on the moon. Mike was thrilled! Other kids might have wanted to be Spider-Man or Superman, but young Mike wanted to be Spaceman. His mom made him his own “space suit.” She cut the tail off an old elephant costume, fashioned some medals and badges, and added a helmet. Mike put it on every chance he got, grabbed his Space Snoopy toy, and spent the day pretending to be an astronaut. (Years later, Mike took his old Snoopy toy up into real space with him.) Then Mike Massimino grew up…

6 min.

In 1968, all three men in the crew of the Apollo 7 came down with head colds during an 11-day mission into Earth’s orbit. The craft’s crew became cranky and irritable. They even broke a rule about wearing their helmets on re-entry because they needed to blow their noses. Ever since the early days of space travel, scientists have been trying to determine the best way to treat illnesses in space. That’s especially true as humans consider longer missions as well as the possibility of regular citizens traveling beyond Earth—or even living on other planets. Pass the Tissues The common cold is only one piece of the problem. Many regular medical treatments (such as a blood test or treatment for a heart attack) face unique challenges outside Earth’s gravity. And some diseases can have…

5 min.

Spiders in space! It’s not the title of a horror movie about mutant insects. NASA has actually sent live spiders into space to study their behavior. The most recent “spidernauts,” a pair of jumping spiders, lived in controlled habitats created especially for them, and returned home at the end of the trip. No spiders were harmed in their missions. What on Earth were spiders doing in space, you ask? EIGHT LEGS IN MICROGRAVITY The researchers were studying the effects of weightlessness on the spiders. Gravity is the force that makes objects fall to Earth. You may have heard that there is no gravity in space, but that is not exactly true. Objects, people, and spiders in a space station or space shuttle don’t experience gravity the same way we do on Earth;…