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Fire Alarm

November 30, 2018

Massive wildfires swept through parts of California in November, destroying tens of thousands of homes and leaving many people dead or missing. On November 8, fire broke out in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in Northern California. Over…

Science

Mars Landing

November 30, 2018

NASA’s InSight spacecraft made it to Mars on November 26. The landing ended a 300 million–mile journey that lasted more than six months. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in California, cheered when InSight touched down. “Flawless,” Rob…

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Art In Action

November 30, 2018

It was an ordinary day at Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. People were rushing through the busy train station on their way to and from work. Then the creatures showed up. At first, they looked like multicolored haystacks:…

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Health

An Oasis on Wheels

November 30, 2018

In 2011, Josh Trautwein was working as a nutrition educator in Boston, Massachusetts. He wanted to teach kids how to live healthy lives. Then he learned that the neighborhood’s only grocery store was closing for a year of renovations. …

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2018 Holiday Toy Guide

November 30, 2018

What’s on your wish list this holiday season? Stores across the country are packed with fun toys and games. TFK editors picked 13 of the season’s top toys to help you narrow it down. The World in a Box …

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Spider-Folk

November 29, 2018

There’s a new Spider-Man in town. His name is Miles Morales. He’s a high school student who is bitten by a radioactive spider and thrown into a life of secrets and lies. With the weight of the world on his…

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Courageous Companions

November 29, 2018

Have you ever heard of a donkey that rescued injured soldiers during World War I? How about Rip, a small dog that searched for people trapped under rubble in the London air raids of World War II? These animals and…

World

Turning Green

November 9, 2018

The Taj Mahal, in Agra, India, is one of the most brilliant structures on Earth. Depending on the season and the time of day, the white marble monument takes on slightly different hues. But over the years, the Taj Mahal…

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A Shift in Congress

November 9, 2018

American voters turned out in unusually high numbers for the 2018 midterm elections. The result: Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives while Republicans maintained their hold on the Senate. The power shift in Congress reflects deep divisions…

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State Races

November 9, 2018

In the midterm elections, 36 states elected a governor. At press time, Democrats had won 16 governorships. Seven were elected in states that currently have Republican governors. But Republicans are projected to win in Florida and Ohio. Those are states…

Opinion

Do We Still Need Daylight Saving Time?

November 9, 2018

In the United States, we observe daylight saving time every year between March and November. In the spring, we set clocks forward one hour. This gives us an extra hour of daylight every day. In the fall, we set clocks…

Science

Preserving Plastics

November 9, 2018

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. The space suit Armstrong wore on his lunar mission has come to symbolize courage and human achievement. In 1971, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space…

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An Epic Battle

November 8, 2018

What would happen if humans and dinosaurs lived together? Author and illustrator MATT PHELAN (pictured) imagines an answer to that question in his new book, Knights vs. Dinosaurs. The illustrated chapter book is about four knights and a squire stranded…

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Game Changer

November 8, 2018

Ralph is a misunderstood video-game character and the star of Disney’s 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph. Now he’s back! The film’s sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, hits the big screen on November 21. The movie follows Ralph and fellow…

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Happy Trails

November 2, 2018

The chalk-white bluffs rose 300 feet high on either side of the river. To explorer Meriwether Lewis, they looked like the ruins of some magnificent ancient city. “It seemed as if those scenes of visionary enchantment would never have an…

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A Teen's Tribute

November 2, 2018

On Veterans Day 2015, Preston Sharp, then 10 years old, went to visit his grandfather’s grave at a cemetery in Redding, California. George Sharp was a U.S. Navy veteran. To honor his memory, Preston placed flowers and an American flag…

Community

Show Respect, Model Kindness

November 2, 2018

Understanding and inclusion start with you. TFK talked with CARYL M. STERN, president and CEO of UNICEF U.S.A. and coauthor of a book called Hate Hurts. Here’s her advice on how to handle hurtful comments and find common ground. Be…

Community

Share Your Feelings

November 2, 2018

If something in the news makes you feel worried or upset, what should you do? TFK asked an expert, DR. HAROLD KOPLEWICZ, president of the Child Mind Institute. Here, he offers some advice. I hear people talking about the news.…

History

Recuperar el pasado

November 2, 2018

Nota: Este articula puede ser sensible para la gente Hopi. La exhibición nativo americana en el Museo Etnológico en Berlín, Alemania, tiene cientos de artículos en exposición, incluyendo recipientes de arcilla y cestas trenzadas. Muchos de los artefactos provienen de…

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