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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 July/August 2020

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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

in this issue

1 min.
teeny-tiny origami!

My name’s Liliana. I have been receiving Muse since 2017. As an add on to Sam R.’s letter on origami in the March 2019 issue: if you do make an issue on origami, can you tell us who made the smallest/fastest folded origami ever made? This is a photo of the smallest and second-smallest origami dragon I ever made. The purple dragon is only 1/4 inch tall and 1/2 inch from tail to front! —LILIANA B. (A.K.A. ORIGAMI GIRL TO FRIENDS) P.S. I’m not going to threaten you guys like almost everyone else does. So I understand if this goes to the OFMP (Online Fan Mail Pit). Also, what does Muse stand for? I have More Universe Science Episode (or Extraordinaire). How did you make such tiny folds?! All I can make is…

3 min.
muse mail

The Science of Being an Owl Greetings from Owland! I, the ruler of all owls, simply just LOVE your magazine! I’m new to Muse, but every month, I look forward to getting the latest issue in the mail. Your magazine is so informational! It has all the important stuff in it. Thank you Papa G’ho from the April 2019 edition! Please consider the suggestion of making a genetic/DNA issue, because in Owland, there’s not much information on that topic for kids like me. I, being a science owl, would very much enjoy having an article or two about the science of genetics in your magazine. If you don’t publish this letter, I will send an angry horde of annoying owlets to HQ. If you DO publish this letter, I’ll send you…

4 min.
muse news

SUPERBUGS Insect Inspiration Maybe you know that some people play Minecraft as Ant-Man. Maybe you’re aware that the first Ant-Man, Hank Pym, was an original member of the Avengers. But did you know that the Marvel hero’s power was inspired by a real insect species? Native to a remote volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean, compression ants have an unusual talent. When they sense a threat (such as a predator’s scent or a whiff of volcanic ash), these brown ants squeeze their exoskeletons tight. This shrinks each ant to about two-thirds its former size, making it tougher and safer. Even at their smaller stature, compression ants can carry 11 times their body weight. Now who’s super? EVOLUTION Wolf Puppies Can Play Fetch TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO, SOME ANCIENT WOLVES STARTED HANGING OUT WITH HUMANS.…

4 min.
friend & fellow ant man

A 6-foot-tall, bespectacled professor got down on his hands and knees and crawled along the ground. He had an aspirator in his mouth, sucking up Pheidole workers like an anteater. My friend and colleague Ed Wilson was on a mission. That night, he needed Pheidole soldiers for his taxonomic work, and he wasn’t having much luck finding them. After spending two weeks or so in the La Selva rainforest of Costa Rica, we had returned to the city of San José. It was the evening before our departure and return to Boston. Ed invited me to a restaurant located behind a little city park close to our hotel. It was at the entrance to the park that he spotted the trail of the Pheidole ant colony. But all that he seemed to…

6 min.
boy naturalist

“Be a hunter and explorer.” This is the advice, says world-renowned entomologist E.O. Wilson in his 1994 autobiography, Naturalist, that he gives to his science students. “If you have the will, there is a discipline in which you can succeed.” Wilson should know. A native of Alabama, the fiercely intelligent, Pulitzer Prize–winning scientist has lived a dream by following a passion—one that he discovered at the ripe old age of 7. As he explains in his autobiography, it began with a hunt for monsters. It was the summer of 1936, and young Wilson was living at Paradise Beach, a small settlement on the east shore of Florida’s Perdido Bay, near Pensacola. One day, while standing in the shallows, he discovered a sea creature that “existed outside my previous imagination.” The creature was…

7 min.
edward o.wilson

E.O. WILSON, the (other) Ant Man, has made his favorite little creatures familiar to the public. Now Wilson, also known as the Dean of Biodiversity, hopes to draw as much attention to all of the species on our planet, in an effort to save them from human-caused extinction before it is too late. We talked with Wilson in 2007 about the importance of nature in our lives, the survival of life on this planet, and, of course, about his first love, ants. At 77, the Pellegrino Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard still went to his office on the fourth floor of the Museum of Comparative Zoology on most days. He was working on his 21st book, but admitted to still being “astonished” by the response to his last one, The Creation. Written…