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Safe Return

August 6, 2020

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made history when they returned to Earth on August 2. Their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Endeavour, parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the first splashdown landing by American astronauts in 45…


One Brick at a Time

July 30, 2020

Robotics is a complicated field. But brothers Sanjay and Arvind Seshan, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found an early passion for it. In 2014, they embarked on a mission to make it easier for others to learn robotics by creating the website…

Young Game Changers

8 Questions for Dorothy Jean Tillman

July 13, 2020

Dorothy Jean Tillman earned a college degree online at 12 and a master’s degree in environmental science at 14. This summer, she’s running a camp in Chicago, Illinois, to bring science and the arts to kids who’ve been cooped up…


Hummingbird Hues

June 16, 2020

Caleb Arnold loves birds—especially hummingbirds. The 7-year-old from Slidell, Louisiana, knows a lot about his favorite fliers. “They pollinate stuff, and they’re pretty and small,” he says. But there’s one thing Caleb didn’t know: Hummingbirds see a wider range of…


A Mammoth Find

June 2, 2020

Archaeologists have uncovered the bones of 60 mammoths near Mexico City, Mexico. The fossils were found under an airport that’s under construction. In October, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History began digging at the site. Since then, archaeologists have…


Social Snakes

May 27, 2020

A long, scaly creature slithering alone through the grass—that’s how we usually picture a snake. But a new scientific study could change that image. Snakes can be long. And they’re certainly slithery. But they may not be the loners we…


Asteroid Blast

May 19, 2020

NASA is planning to launch the DART mission in 2021. DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The goal of the mission is to see if NASA can change the course of objects in space, such as asteroids, that might…



New Black Hole

May 7, 2020

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on May 6 that astronomers have found a black hole that is closer to Earth than any yet discovered. The object is about 1,000 light-years away. It’s close enough that the two stars nearest…


8 Questions for Andrew Morgan

April 23, 2020

Astronaut Andrew Morgan took a 272-day trip to the International Space Station (ISS). He conducted seven spacewalks and orbited the Earth 4,352 times before returning on April 17. Morgan talked with TFK Kid Reporters Henry Carroll, Priscilla L. Ho, and…


Food and Nutrition

Future Food

February 21, 2020

In March 2017, about 25 people were invited to a kitchen in San Francisco, California, for a tasting event. On the menu? Fried chicken. “This is some of the best fried chicken I’ve had,” one guest said. The compliment was…