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Shay Maunz

Shay Maunz is an Associate Editor at TIME for Kids. Before joining TFK, in 2018, Shay was a freelance writer and editor. She’s written about everything from Sesame Street for refugee kids to rats in Vietnam, and has been published by Glamour, NPR, and Atlas Obscura. Shay grew up in West Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn with her pet poodle, Frannie.

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Counting T. Rexes

April 23, 2021

More than 2 billion Tyrannosaurus rexes walked the Earth. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Science. The reptiles were not all alive at the same time. They were around for about 1 million to 4 million…


Stitched in Time

April 15, 2021

When Caster Pettway, 67, was a girl, there were always quilts around. Sometimes, her mother would hang a quilt on the porch. This was to show it off to the neighbors. She always seemed to be sewing a new one.…

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Happy at Home

April 14, 2021

Like most people, Mike Lowery has spent a lot of time at home in the past year. To keep boredom at bay, he started dreaming up things to do with his wife and two kids. “Sometimes, it was craft stuff;…


Back to the Wild

April 9, 2021

Gray wolves have roamed North America for at least half a million years. Their habitat once included most of the continental United States. But during the 1800s and early 1900s, wolves were hunted to near extinction. By the 1960s, the…



Elephants at Risk

April 9, 2021

African elephants are becoming more endangered. That’s according to a March 25 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The group determines how likely animals are to become extinct. There are two species of African elephant.…

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The Butterfly Problem

April 7, 2021

For 23 years, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has held an annual monarch butterfly count. Volunteers visit spots on the West Coast where monarchs are known to gather. They count the insects to learn about the health of the…


Lights Out In Philadelphia

March 19, 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will join a national lights-out program. It is run by the National Audubon Society. Conservationists made the announcement on March 11. They are asking people to turn off lights between midnight and 6 a.m. The goal is to…


Food Gone to Waste

March 12, 2021

More than a billion tons of food are wasted each year, according to a new report from the United Nations. That’s 17% of the food produced globally in a year. Most waste happens at home, the report says. People buy…

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After the Storm

March 5, 2021

Texas residents are still recovering from a winter storm that hit several states in mid-February. Extreme cold caused much of the state’s power grid to fail. “We were woefully unprepared for this kind of cold,” said Texas state representative Ron…

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Winter Storm Woes

February 19, 2021

Winter storms began to sweep across the United States on February 11. They slowed distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in parts of the country. Severe weather hit from Washington State to the southern U.S. Snow and ice closed airports and…