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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 April 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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7 min.
muse mail

Psychological Thriller I think Muse is one of my favorite magazines, after only reading two issues. I would also like to add that you seem to have a lack of psychology, one of the most fascinating and mind-boggling forms of science. I formally request that you do an issue ONLY about psychology. Here’s a diagram of the brain and some of its broad features. —SOPHIA S. / age 12 / California P.S. Aarti is my favorite, and I hope she approves of my diagram. I love it! Learning about all the ways our brain works is so cool. I wish we could see its inner thinkings as clearly as you’ve drawn them. —AARTI Unmistakable Praise I love sports, singing, reading, and Muse. My favorite issue is “WAHT MISTEAK?” (July/August 2018). I love animals and math, and I…

1 min.
when skies are gloomy, yellow means joy

WHEN WE’RE SAD, WE FEEL BLUE. When we’re angry, we may see red. People from cultures around the world link colors with certain emotions. And when it comes to the color yellow, that link may depend on the weather. Researchers looked at survey data from more than 6,600 people in 55 countries. The participants had answered questions about the emotions that different colors represent. Many people associate the color yellow with joy, the survey showed. And people are more likely to say yellow is joyful if they live someplace rainy. They also find yellow more joyful if they live farther from the equator. People who live in warm, sunny climates year-round are less likely to connect yellow with joy. This may be because when skies are gray, people are extra happy…

1 min.
whale watching from space

TO HELP protect whales, scientists need to know where they are. Usually researchers count whales by flying over the ocean in small planes and peering down at the water. But this can be tricky. And in bad weather, the planes can’t fly. That’s why some researchers are developing a way to watch whales from outer space. Scientists at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, are working on the project with a local engineering company. They plan to use satellites to look down at Earth and search for whales. Other tools will tell them the best places to aim those satellites. The scientists plan to use radar, sonar, and information about weather and ocean currents to help the satellites find the big ocean swimmers.…

1 min.
robot seeks jellies to hug

IF YOU WANT to pick up a jellyfish, you’d better be gentle. Actually, you shouldn’t pick up jellies at all, because some of them sting. But scientists often use robots to collect and study underwater animals. Although robotic grabbers can pick up many kinds of creatures, delicate jellyfish are hard to grasp without hurting them. That’s why researchers are testing a new robotic hand that’s gentle enough to grab jellies. The hand is a rectangular box with six noodle-like fingers hanging down. The fingers are made of soft silicone. When the robot pumps water inside the fingers, they squeeze closed. In the lab, scientists used the hand to very gently catch three different kinds of jellyfish. One of these stories is FALSE. Can you spot which one? The answer is on page…

1 min.
fixing our feet

PEOPLE IN the United States measure things using inches and feet. This way of measuring is based on the old British imperial system. (Britain—along with nearly every other country in the world—now uses the metric system, measuring things in centimeters and meters.) If you use the US system, you know feet are 12 inches long. But there’s a new movement afoot—sorry—to change that. The average adult in the United States has feet that are only 10 inches long. The people behind the Fix Our Foot movement say that’s how long a measured foot should be too. They argue that a 10-inch foot would be easier for kids to learn. It would also be simpler to convert inches into feet: just divide by 10! And more people would be able to roughly…

1 min.
where the worms are

IF YOU’VE EVER DUG A HOLE in the dirt, you’ve probably uncovered a slimy earthworm. Maybe you wish you hadn’t found it. But some scientists really wanted to find out where earthworms are—all the earthworms. The researchers asked other earthworm scientists to share their data about where different kinds of worms live. In all, they collected information about almost 7,000 places in 57 countries. Then they used the data to make a world map of worms. The map let the researchers see global patterns in earthworm populations. For example, they saw that temperature and rainfall are key factors in where worms live. These climate factors matter even more than the type of soil. Earthworms are important to healthy ecosystems, so researchers want to know where these wrigglers are hard at work.…