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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. An easy landing was not guaranteed. The rover’s 300 million–mile journey…

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Relief Bill Passed

March 19, 2021

Americans began receiving direct payments from the United States government on March 12. The payments are part of a plan by President Joe Biden. The money will go to people who have been struggling during the pandemic. Biden signed…

Environment

Lights Out In Philadelphia

March 19, 2021

On March 11, conservationists announced that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will join the National Audubon Society’s Lights Out program. Lights Out Philly asks people to turn off or dim the lights between midnight and 6 a.m., from April 1 until May 31.…

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Spring Blooms

March 19, 2021

People gather in Wuhan East Lake Cherry Blossom Park, in Wuhan, China, on March 14. The park’s Cherry Blossom Festival includes live music and performances. It kicked off early this month. Stunning views of the pink petals can also be…

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Fashion Forward

March 18, 2021

Matthew Walzer was born with cerebral palsy. The disability affects his walking, balance, and fine motor skills. “There were different things I had to do and use, to overcome [my challenges],” he told TIME for Kids. By 16, Walzer was…

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Dolphin Discovery

March 18, 2021

Movies, TV shows, and even Greek myths portray dolphins as helpful, playful creatures. “The world loves a good dolphin story,” Blake Morton, a scientist who studies animal behavior, told TIME for Kids. “And I think one reason for that is…

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Mischief and Mayhem

March 18, 2021

Two old rivals are back at it in Tom & Jerry: The Movie. The film is a reboot of a classic cartoon. This version mixes animation with live-action footage. The film follows Tom, an alley cat, and Jerry, a mischievous…

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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, and someday they’ll drive our cars. But can they make us more creative? Some artists think so. Algorithms…

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Advancing Equality

March 12, 2021

March 8 was International Women’s Day. President Joe Biden marked the occasion by signing an executive order that promotes gender equity and equal rights for women and girls. The order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council. Its job is…

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Food Gone to Waste

March 12, 2021

More than 1 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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Etna Erupts

March 12, 2021

Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, continued to erupt on March 7. It spewed a column of lava and ash that reached a spectacular height of 33,000 feet. Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It…

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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 that studies consumer trends. This means people are cooking more,…

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8 Questions for Ainissa Ramirez

March 11, 2021

TFK Kid Reporter Donnell Meekins talks with scientist and author Ainissa Ramirez about how science has shaped our world, and how it might shape the future. 1. Your book The Alchemy of Us is about inventions. Why are you interested…

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Observing the Outdoors

March 10, 2021

Look outside. What do you see? Are there birds in the trees or 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 world.…

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Ready to Experiment?

March 9, 2021

The first episode of Emily’s Wonder Lab, on Netflix, is about things that glow. In an experiment, host Emily Calandrelli teaches a group of kids how to make fluorescent paint. “Oh, no, no! I put too much [cornstarch] in,” one…

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Making History

March 5, 2021

Brighid Pulskamp has made hundreds of face masks for the people of the Navajo Nation. The tribe inhabits parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Pulskamp wants us to remember the story of how the Navajo weathered the pandemic. “Our…

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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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This Week in TFK History: Museums

March 5, 2021

Time flies! The first issue of TIME for Kids was published in September 1995. That means TFK is turning 25. To honor our 25th anniversary, we’re pulling TFK stories from the archives and highlighting them in this space. Each archival…

Health

A Third COVID-19 Vaccine

March 5, 2021

The United States Food and Drug Administration has authorized another vaccine to prevent COVID-19. This one, made by Johnson & Johnson, is different from previous vaccines. It requires one shot instead of two. This is the third vaccine to be…

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Copycat

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…