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When a Whale Falls

When an enormous whale dies, its body sinks to the bottom of the ocean. There it provides food for thousands of deep-sea creatures.

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October 2019

The Deepest Dive

In 1872, two scientists set out to study the ocean.

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October 2019

Marie Maps The Sea

Young Marie Tharp thought her dad had the best job ever. He traveled around the country, making maps. His maps were special—they revealed hidden things. They showed where different kinds of soil were, and wet and dry places. That helped farmers know what to plant.

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October 2019

Internet Ocean

Say you’re curious about giraffes.

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October 2019

Star Chips

If we really want to explore other star systems, we may have to think small.

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November/December 2017

Science At The Movies

A chat with Mika McKinnon, movie science adviser

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November/December 2017

Riding Rockets

When you gaze up at the moon at night, it looks almost close enough to touch. But if you actually want to go there, you’re going to need Rocket 

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November/December 2017

Making It To The Top

Feathers fly, horns lock, heads bash, and fangs flash. Why do animals fight among themselves? To settle an important question—who gets to be the boss?

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September 2017

Meet A Lawmaker - A Chat With Ilhan Omar

Where do laws come from? In the United States and many other countries, people vote to elect leaders who decide the laws. This kind of government is called a democracy.

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September 2017

Bigger Than The Rules

How one tall kid changed the way we play basketball.

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September 2017

The Bike Soldiers

In 1897, a brave band of American soldiers set out to test a new invention that some hoped would replace the horse. It had two pedals, and a bell.

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July/August 2017

A Bumpy Ride

You know how to ride a bike. Just hop on and start pedaling. But what if your bike didn’t have pedals? Or brakes?

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July/August 2017

Art Moves

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese artist and architect who makes sculptures out of tables, chairs, backpacks, and other ordinary objects.

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July/August 2017

The Glass Ocean

Peering out from its case in the museum, the little brown octopus looks ready to uncurl its tentacles and glide away. But this octopus isn’t going anywhere. It’s made of glass.

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May/June 2017

The Greedy Glass

How many pennies can you add to a completely full glass of water?

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May/June 2017

Living Glass

What would you do if your skeleton were made of glass?  Maybe you’d be a sponge.

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May/June 2017

In the Hot Shop

The hot shop at Chicago’s Ignite Glass Studio sizzles with activity.

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May/June 2017

Saving The Tigers

When he was a young boy living in a village in southwest India, Ullas Karanth saw wildlife all around.

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April 2017

From Wild To Mild

Cats are a mix of opposites—quiet purrs and cutting teeth, soft fur and razor claws. House cats have lived with humans for thousands of years, but in many ways they’re still tigers on the inside.

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April 2017

Born To Hunt

Big or small, all cats eat meat. And their bodies, inside and out, have evolved to stalk and hunt prey.

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April 2017

One Tough Butterfly

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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March 2017

Eyes On The Tide

What would you do if your town began to sink under the waves?

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March 2017

Attack Of The Flying

A massive shape launches itself out of the ocean—fins spread, 10 long tentacles flying. As it soars through the air, the creature’s skin flashes, turning from white to purple-red. Is it an alien from another world?

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March 2017

Eat This Spoon

Imagine you’re at a picnic, enjoying some spicy noodles and fruit salad. For dessert, you have a slice of cake. Then you top off your meal by eating your fork.

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February 2017

Someday

Someday I am going to be a great inventor. But for now, I have to get to school.

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February 2017

Meet Amy Smith

Sometimes, simpler is better.

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February 2017