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Speak, FIDO!

April 24, 2020

Imagine you’re out for a walk with your family when a strange dog approaches you. The dog isn’t aggressive, but it seems to want something. It nudges you with its snout, and barks. What you don’t know is that this…



Soap Challenge

April 23, 2020

Handwashing just got competitive. Jennifer George has issued a challenge: Find a creative way to drop a bar of soap into someone’s hand. The catch? Participants must do so in 10 to 20 steps by creating their own Rube Goldberg…



Rising Water

April 7, 2020

If nothing is done to stop rising sea levels, the homes of 200 million people could be underwater by the year 2100. That’s according to a study in the scientific magazine Nature Communications. The study was published in October. Climate…

Young Game Changers

Cyber School

February 21, 2020

A United States Coast Guard facility was attacked in December 2019. Its monitoring systems, cameras, and doors stopped working. The source of the attack? An employee had opened an email and clicked on a link. The link contained malware. Malware…


YouTube Trouble

February 20, 2020

Piper Leypoldt, 11, is from Durham, North Carolina. She watches cooking videos on YouTube. Piper knows that the site collects user data, such as her search history. She’s not worried. “Other websites I use at home and school also collect…


Closing the Gap

January 16, 2020

Students in Talladega County, Alabama, are given a laptop or a tablet. They use them in class and at home. But Talladega County is in rural Alabama. Many students live in small towns or in the countryside. Internet access is…


Best Inventions of 2019

January 3, 2020

Every year, TIME magazine names the year’s best inventions. This year, the list includes robotic hands, recyclable footwear—what will they think of next? Inventors are always at work, dreaming up new technologies. Some inventions help us solve problems. Others make…



Drones in Space

November 8, 2019

In 2005, scientists saw close-up pictures of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The pictures were snapped by a space probe. They showed mountains and dunes. There were riverbeds and lakes, too. That got scientists excited. Where there’s liquid, there could be…



Robotics Champions

November 8, 2019

An international robotics contest, the FIRST Global Challenge, took place from October 24 to 27 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Youth from 191 countries joined in. Contestants were asked to find solutions to ocean pollution. Each team was given a…


Defying Gravity

November 7, 2019

In space, there is no up or down. That’s because there is no gravity in space. Astronauts and everything else aboard a spacecraft float freely. Earthlings can experience the feeling of zero gravity without blasting into space. How? A zero-gravity…