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Scoop Issue 22 - Innovation

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Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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in this issue

1 min.
dear scoopsters

I’m Konnie and I’ve always loved science, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be guest editing Scoop this month, as it’s all about innovation and inventions. Without innovation and invention where would we be in life? We’d all be living in caves scavenging for food and trying to keep warm. We certainly wouldn’t be reading Scoop magazine – or anything, for that matter! We wouldn’t have cars or even bicycles, and TVs or computer games definitely wouldn’t exist. So many weird and wonderful things have been invented on purpose, as well as by accident, by adults, by children, by engineers, scientists and by ordinary folk, and this issue will tell you the fascinating stories and origins of some of them. Everything around you has a tale of how it came into existence. For instance,…

2 min.
konnie huq

Please tell us about your new book, Cookie! The book is all about Cookie, a hot-headed, bright, funny, smart nine-year-old. She is quirky and sees the absurd in everyday life and I have illustrated some of the weird and wonderful thoughts that go through her mind by way of cartoons throughout. It’s a laugh-out-loud book with some good social messages. If you could invent anything what would it be? I would invent an invisibility machine. That could be a lot of fun! Who is your greatest hero and why? Ada Lovelace is my greatest hero(ine). She worked on the first computer with Charles Babbage and, although he invented it, he saw it more like a calculator, whereas Ada had the foresight to see computers had the capability to do so much more. Her ideas laid…

2 min.
what is innovation?

Human beings have been inventing things since we first stood up – arrows to catch prey, axes to chop it up. The wheel. The printing press. Steam power. The internet. The list goes on and on (and on). But humans don’t stop at inventing. We also innovate. We take those great inventions and make them better. For example, someone had the great idea to take a wooden wheel and make a rubber one that would be quicker to move around on and much more comfortable if you were sitting in the cart that the wheel was transporting. So why do human beings invent things? To make our lives easier and better seems to be one of the main reasons. Some inventions are also contentious and people disagree about whether or not they…

1 min.
fun facts

The internet is 10,100+ days old. How old were you when the internet was launched? Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the world’s most famous poet, Lord Byron, and a mathematician. She was a visionary who predicted that computers could do more than just crunch numbers. In 2004, the ‘at’ (@) symbol used in emails became the first new character to be added to Morse code in several decades. The word ‘Android’ means a human with a male robot appearance. NINTENDO WAS STARTED IN 1889 AS A PLAYING CARD COMPANY. Originally, the design for the first iPhone was literally the shape of an apple. THE WORD ROBOT COMES FROM THE CZECH LANGUAGE. ‘ROBOTA’ MEANS FORCED LABOUR, OR WORK. In 1904, tea bags were invented accidentally. The inventor, Thomas Sullivan, decided that it was cheaper to send small…

9 min.
the dullard

The villagers of Yockenthwaite knew him as ‘Jack Dull’, ‘Jack Dolt,’ or sometimes just ‘The Dullard’. His real name was John Dullard, last in a long, illustrious line of Dullards, and a man – so they said – of quite miraculous stupidity. The kind of stupidity that drew crowds, that had people inviting their relatives from neighbouring villages to come and witness the spectacle of it. Even the Baron himself came to watch, once, with a dozen knights and ladies, and enjoyed himself so much he immediately sent a letter to King Edward, assuring him he had never seen a ‘man of suche exceeding Dullnesse’. As a result, everywhere John went he was followed by an audience who wouldn’t leave until ‘Jack Dull’ had entertained them. They’d wait and watch…

2 min.
john keely’s marvellous machines

Some inventions – such as the printing press, the television set and the smart phone – have literally changed the world we live in. But what about the independent flywheel, the Globe Motor, the dissipating engine, the multiplicator, the automatic water lift and the hydro-pneumatic-pulsating-vacuo engine? These devices, invented between 1871 and 1875, may yet prove to have a greater impact on your life than atomic energy and the personal computer. Or may not. The listed inventions were the brainchildren of an American engineer named John Ernst Worrell Keely and relied on his claimed discovery of a new energy source he called ‘intermolecular vibrations of the ether’. Nobody really understood any of these terms except Keely himself. But in 1874, he set up a workshop in Philadelphia and launched the Keely Motor Company. At…