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Mystery of the Sea

April 8, 2021

Legend has it that in the 1970s, a boat captain spotted a green banana peel floating above a sinkhole off Florida’s coast. That sinkhole became known as the Green Banana. A sinkhole is a hollow place in the Earth in…


Exploring Mars

March 19, 2021

On February 18, NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars. Its mission: to seek evidence of past microbial life. Something may have thrived on the planet billions of years ago. The rover’s 300 million–mile journey to Mars’s orbit took nearly seven…



Dolphin Discovery

March 18, 2021

Movies, TV, and even Greek myths show dolphins as helpful, playful creatures. “The world loves a good dolphin story,” Blake Morton told TIME for Kids. He’s a scientist who studies animals. “I think one reason for that is we see…


Algorithm Art

March 12, 2021

Computer algorithms are instructions that tell machines to solve problems and make predictions. They help us use our smartphones and stream videos. Someday, they’ll drive our cars. Can algorithms make us more creative? Some artists think so. They are using…


Food and Nutrition

The Science of Cooking

March 11, 2021

The majority of shoppers in the United States have been eating at home more often since the pandemic began. That’s according to a 2020 report from Acosta, a marketing company. This means people are cooking more, too. And one way…


8 Questions for Ainissa Ramirez

March 11, 2021

TFK Kid Reporter Donnell Meekins talks with scientist Ainissa Ramirez about how science has shaped our world, and how it might shape the future. 1. Why did you write The Alchemy of Us, a book about inventions? As a materials…


Observing the Outdoors

March 10, 2021

Look outside. What do you see? Are there birds in the trees? Are there bugs crawling around? What can you discover about these creatures by watching them? With The Outdoor Scientist, you’ll learn to make scientific observations about the natural…



March 4, 2021

Meet Elizabeth Ann! She’s the first cloned black-footed ferret. She’s also the first native endangered species cloned in the U.S. She was cloned using genes taken in 1988 from a black-footed ferret named Willa. Scientists hope the new animal will…


Ocean Commotion

February 12, 2021

Sound pollution is making oceans noisier than ever. And it’s harming marine life. That’s according to a new article in the journal Science. Researchers looked at thousands of studies on ocean sound and its effects on wildlife. They found that…


Little Lizards

February 12, 2021

Scientists have discovered what may be the smallest reptile on Earth. The species is called Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon. It lives in the rainforest in northern Madagascar. The finding was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers found two of…