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Poisonous Birds Are What They Eat

Poisonous Birds Are What They Eat McKenzie, Aline Scientist Jack Dumbacher was in New Guinea (a large island north of Australia) catching birds to study, when a pitohui bird bit and 4 scratched his hand. The cuts stung, and when he tried sucking on an injured finger, his tongue and lips immediately became numb. What […]

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Fire Below Your Feet

Fire Below Your Feet Caster, Shannon What happened to make Centralia, Pennsylvania, a modern-day ghost town? The quiet town of Centralia in the heart of Pennsylvania coal-mining country once had much to offer. In 1962 it boasted 1,100 residents, beautiful old churches, freshly mowed lawns, and fields for children to play in. Today, Centralia has […]

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Squishy Landing

Squishy Landing Polley, Meredith It took seven years to get there, but in January the Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, after hitchhiking a ride on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. As Cassini approached the ringed planet, Huygens split off and later parachuted to Titan’s surface. Scientists held their breath. No one knew what Titan […]

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MYSTERIOUS FOOTPRINTS FOUND

MYSTERIOUS FOOTPRINTS FOUND Riemer, Emily Most scientists believe that people first came to North America at the end of the last Ice Age, between 11,000 and 13,500 years ago, crossing a land bridge that existed then between modern-day Russia and Alaska. But the recent discovery of what seem to be ancient footprints suggests there could […]

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Map Your Favorite Place

Map Your Favorite Place To help protect their homeland, the Nahua people made a map of all the places that were important to them. For this month’s contest, draw a map of your favorite place. Is it your attic? The park down the street? Or where you spend summer vacation? Whatever place you choose, be […]

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Hows-and Wows-of Bird Migration, The

Hows-and Wows-of Bird Migration, The Root, Barry Each year, the Arctic tern makes a 22,000-mile round trip, from dose to the North Pole almost to the South Pole and back. How does this small bird, weighing just four ounces, make such an extraordinary journey every year? And why? WOW! The Arctic tern’s trip, one of […]

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A BUMPY RIDE

A BUMPY RIDE Cooper, Sharon Katz You know how to ride a bike. Just hop on and start pedaling. But what if your bike didn’t have pedals or even brakes? The first bicyclists were in for 1818 A German forest ranger named Karl von Drais wanted a faster way to roam around the woods. His […]

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Wolves Pack Together to Out-Eat Ravens

Wolves Pack Together to Out-Eat Ravens Cooper, Sharon Katz Most predators hunt alone and keep all the food to themselves. But wolves hunt in packs of six or more, then share what they kill. A wolf is powerful enough to bring down even a moose without any help. So why do wolves hunt in packs? […]

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Good Dog! Bad Dog!

Good Dog! Bad Dog! Sure, your dog can fetch the paper. But would she save you from a charging buffalo? Read on for a few tales-some true, some maybe tall-of famous canine heroes and villains. Togo Saves Nome In January 1925 the deadly disease diphtheria struck Nome, Alaska. It was very contagious, but the town […]

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ask a friend How well do you know your friends? Ask a friend to write down his or her answers to these questions while you write down what you think your friend’s answers will be. Compare your answers. Then see how much your friend knows about you. If you didn’t already know a lot about […]