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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 January 2020

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.
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Gabbing about Goats I LOVE goats. They are my very favorite animal, as I have six goats at the moment, along with four cows, one donkey, three dogs, four cats, and 14 chickens. I’m REALLY wanting peacocks. Anyways I’ve mentioned that I have goats and we make soap out of their milk and then I saw the homemade soap recipe in the September 2018 issue and tried it, and it’s AWESOME! I was also wondering if you could do an article on goats? I know A LOT about them, but I think that if you did an article on them, then other people could see that goats truly are the greatest of all time!! People think goats are not smart and that they are smelly, but it’s not true. Goats are extremely…

1 min.
are you stressing out your dog?

When humans feel anxious, they may make their pets more stressed too. Researchers saw this when they studied 58 pairs of dogs and female owners in Sweden. At two times during the year, the researchers analyzed pieces of dog fur and human hair from their subjects. They looked for cortisol, a hormone that goes up when we’re stressed. When people had more cortisol, their dogs had more cortisol too. Questionnaires showed that dogs’ cortisol wasn’t linked to the dogs’ personalities. But it was linked to the personalities of their owners. The scientists think that when humans are stressed, it rubs off on their canine pets. Dogs catch our bad feelings like a cold. It makes sense, because dogs live closely with us and are experts at reading our body language. (Think about…

1 min.
where no drone has gone before

NASA IS PLANNING A MISSION that will be the first of its kind. Engineers will send a drone to Titan, a moon of Saturn. Scientists think Titan is similar to Earth in its early days. At about -290º Fahrenheit (-179º C), though, it’s much colder. The drone, called Dragonfly, will zip around Titan for more than two and a half years. It will land in many different environments to gather data. Researchers hope that data will teach them more about how life may have arisen on Earth, billions of years ago. Don’t hold your breath, though. Dragonfly is scheduled to launch in 2026. That means it won’t reach Titan until 2034.…

1 min.
my, what a big toe you have

FOR THE FIRST TIME, scientists have discovered an ancient bird species trapped in amber. Amber is an orange-colored stone made of fossilized tree goo. It’s better known for holding prehistoric bugs. But in a chunk of amber about 100 million years old from Myanmar, researchers found a bird foot. And the bird it belonged to must have been pretty weird. The foot has four toes, like most of today’s birds. But the third toe is much longer than all the others. Researchers don’t know of any other bird—ancient or modern—that has feet quite like this. They think the big-toed bird is a new species. They named it Elektorornis chenguangi. The bird likely lived in trees, where it might have used its super-long toe to dig bugs out of branches.…

1 min.
better than a baking-soda volcano

FOR ONE CANADIAN KID, the end of the science fair didn’t mean the end of her research. She turned her project on loud hand dryers into a published scientific paper. Nora Keegan’s research started as her fifth-grade science fair project. She wondered whether hand dryers in public restrooms could hurt kids’ hearing. Children have more sensitive ears than adults, and their heads are closer to the dryers. Nora and her parents started visiting public restrooms in places like restaurants, libraries, and schools and measuring sound levels from dryers. For the science fair in sixth grade, Nora continued her research. She visited a total of 44 dryers and tested how loud they were at different heights, with or without hands below them. Many of the dryers were dangerously loud, she found. In seventh…

1 min.
sea cucumbers have a new cousin

AS SOON AS SCIENTISTS SPOTTED THIS BIZARRE CREATURE, they knew what they had to name it. The sighting came from a robotic submarine that was exploring the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Through the vehicle’s camera, a tube-shaped animal appeared. It was crawling on the sea floor. It looked sort of like a sea cucumber, with a long, squishy body. But instead of being cucumber-shaped, the animal was tapered. One end was wide, and the other end formed a narrow point. And the critter’s skin was bright orange. The researchers called it a sea carrot. Because this is the first time anyone has glimpsed a sea carrot, scientists still have many questions about the new species. What does it eat? Where does it live? Because the animal scooted in both directions,…