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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 October 2019

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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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United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
9 Issues

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5 min.
muse mail

Does This Frosting Taste Like Dirt to You? I just recently read your bodies in space issue (March 2019), and I became even more obsessed with space then I already am! I am Queen Fire of the Dells. I am graced with beauty and can turn people’s minds to MUD! (Although I don’t like to.) And I LOVE bunnies and ferrets. I really like Muse and look forward to it every time. I really like geography and learning about the different layers of rock that surround the Earth’s core. I like to think of it as a big cake! There is the crust, upper mantle, lower mantle, outer core, and inner core. The crust is the stuff that you put on top of the cake like cherries, raspberries, chocolate, cookies (trees,…

1 min.
contest spotlight

Aartsy Currency It all started when Ms. Acorn cloned Aarti—about 2,000 times over. The Aarti clones set up a civilization of their own that they named Aartia, they themselves now being Aartians, and absolutely worshipped Aarti. Their bills are called Aarts, and they only come in 13s because that is Aarti’s everlasting age. On the Aart is obviously a picture of the original Aarti, along with some famous parts of San Francisco to show off Aarti’s birthplace. (If you are curious, the Aartians bought one of the islands off the coast of California to feel closer to Aarti.) For some perspective, a 13 Aart bill can buy you a bin of popcorn at the cinema, which only shows documentaries because that’s what Aarti loves. On the back of the bill is…

1 min.
your cat knows its name, maybe

IF YOU HAVE A PET DOG, it likely comes when you call its name. But cats are different. It can be hard to tell whether a cat even knows what its name is. Now scientists in Japan say cats do know their names—at least, some do. The researchers recorded the sound of owners saying their cats’ names. They also recorded each person saying four other words that sounded similar to the name. Then the researchers played these recordings to felines: first the four other words, then the name of the cat. Some cats started moving their ears and heads more when they heard their names, as if they were snapping to attention. The experiment also worked when the recorded voice belonged to a stranger, instead of the cat’s owner. And when…

1 min.
exploding bug uses its body for glue

BUGS CALLED GALL APHIDS have a very weird way of sticking up for each other. These aphids live together in large groups. They nest and drink sap inside a hollow bulge on a tree branch, called a gall. If an intruder makes a hole in the gall, the aphids spring into action. Their bodies burst open and leak whitish fluid. Before dying, the aphids use their legs to mix up this fluid and plaster it over the hole in their home. Researchers studied some of these aphids more closely to find out exactly how they make their deadly superglue. They found that the bugs carry the molecular ingredients for their glue inside specialized cells in their abdomens. When the nest is damaged, these cells and other liquids burst out of the…

1 min.
which came first, the chicken or the hamburger egg?

FARMING ANIMALS FOR MEAT, especially cows, is a big contributor to global warming. That’s why many scientists are looking for ways to make meat more environmentally friendly. The newest method involves making beef out of chickens. Researchers added DNA to some chickens so that the birds’ bodies could make cow proteins. The cow proteins form inside the chickens’ egg cells. That means when one of these genetically-engineered hens lays an egg, the egg doesn’t hold a baby chick—instead, it’s full of hamburger. You can’t buy these eggs in a store yet. But researchers say the new technology could help the environment, since farms need less space and resources to raise chickens than cows. It would also be helpful to anyone who wishes they could cook egg-shaped meatballs.…

1 min.
a possible new cousin joins the human family

BONES FROM A CAVE IN THE PHILIPPINES belong to a newly discovered type of ancient human, scientists say. The first bone to turn up was a foot bone. When researchers unearthed it back in 2007, they thought the bone belonged to a member of the genus Homo, but they weren’t sure which one. Returning to the cave, researchers found 12 more bones. These included teeth, fingers, toes, and a broken thigh bone. The researchers believe these bones came from a new kind of ancient human. They named the new species Homo luzonensis, after Luzon, the island where the bones were discovered. It’s hard to know much about these long-ago humans without finding more bones. But scientists think the individuals in the cave lived about 67,000 years ago. And their very small molars…