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Building in 3D

November 21, 2022

Watching a robotic arm pour concrete may not sound exciting. But there are videos of this on social media. And they’re getting millions of views. They show the 3D printing process. The arm pumps layers of concrete. The layers form…

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Health

Waste Watchers

February 18, 2022

Rob Knight is a scientist. He works at the University of California San Diego. He studies wastewater. That’s the water that has been flushed down the toilet. Knight is testing the school’s wastewater. He’s looking for the virus that causes…

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Business

My Cool Job: Roller Coaster Engineer

May 21, 2021

Larry Chickola is the vice president and chief corporate engineer of Six Flags theme parks. He spoke to TFK’s Rebecca Mordechai about his job. I’ve always loved theme parks. Growing up, I would visit Cedar Point amusement park. That’s in…

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For the Birds

April 22, 2021

Jeremi Swietochowski is in fourth grade. One day, he was playing with Legos when he heard a thump. A bird had hit his window. Jeremi went to check on the bird. “Just as I was about to open the door,…

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Protecting Birds

April 22, 2021

Bird-friendly building design is required in only a few places in the United States. One is San Francisco. That’s a city in California. Another is the state of Minnesota. A new building law also went into effect in New York…

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Let's Go Solar!

October 15, 2020

Have you noticed solar panels on top of a building? They use the sun’s energy. They turn it into electricity that people can use. Take a look! 1. Sunlight hits the solar panels. 2. The panels have tiny…

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On the Move

October 15, 2020

Some animals travel long distances when they migrate, or move from one place to another. They migrate for different reasons. Some animals migrate to find food. Others do so to breed. Often, animals migrate when the seasons change. Many travel…

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New Heights

April 17, 2020

Elevators can feel like magic. Step inside. Select your floor. Poof! The elevator quickly takes you where you want to go. But an elevator doesn’t run on magic. It’s a machine. And it’s made up of several smaller machines.…

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High-Rise Rides

April 17, 2020

The world is full of incredible elevators. Here are a few of TFK’s favorites. Would you like to ride in any of these? The world’s fastest elevator is in Shanghai Tower, in China. This elevator can go 67 feet per…

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Get a Lift!

April 17, 2020

A pulley uses a wheel and a rope, cord, or chain. Pulleys help us lift things that are heavy. Here are some examples of pulleys at work. Setting Sail Sailboats use pulleys. Pulleys help raise the sails, turn the boat,…

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