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Car Takes Flight

September 3, 2020

Flying cars are no longer a dream of the future. SkyDrive Inc., in Japan, announced on August 28 that a pilot had successfully flown one of its cars. There are more than 100 flying-car projects in the world, according to…


Speak, FIDO!

April 24, 2020

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



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 published in October in the scientific magazine Nature Communications. The global sea level…

Young Game Changers

Cyber School

February 21, 2020

A United States Coast Guard facility was attacked in 2019. Its monitoring systems, cameras, and doors all stopped working. The facility shut down for 30 hours. The source of the attack? An employee had opened an email and clicked the…


YouTube Trouble

February 20, 2020

Piper Leypoldt, 11, of Durham, North Carolina, likes to watch cooking videos on YouTube. Recently, she learned that the site collects users’ data, such as search history and location­. She’s not concerned. “Other websites I use at home and school…


Closing the Gap

January 16, 2020

Students who go to school in Talladega County, Alabama, are given a laptop or a tablet. They use these devices in class and take them home at the end of the day. But Talladega County is in a rural part…


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 the first close-up pictures of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The pictures, snapped by the Huygens space probe, showed mountains and dunes. But what got scientists most excited were riverbeds and lakes. Where there’s liquid, there could…



Robotics Champions

November 8, 2019

A large international robotics contest, the FIRST Global Challenge, took place from October 24 to 27 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Youth from 191 countries participated. Contestants were challenged with finding high-tech solutions to the problem of ocean pollution. Each…