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Month: March 2022

NASA Names Winners of Lunar Robotics Design Contest

NASA has chosen two students as winners of the Lunabotics Junior Contest, a national competition for K-12 students featuring the agency’s Artemis missions. Contestants were charged with designing a robot that can dig and move lunar soil, or regolith, from one area of the lunar South Pole to a holding container near a future Artemis …

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Birds

With Everyone Inside, Birds Are Singing More Quietly

When the world shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world suddenly became quieter. Birds were singing more quietly, too. Scientists found that birdsongs, particularly those of the white-crowned sparrows in San Francisco, California, became softer and more complex during the shutdown. How has noise pollution affected the birds? Before the pandemic, scientists had …

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Always online

Always online with distance learning? Here are ways to keep screen time healthy

The worldwide pandemic has had a great effect on our lives. One of these effects is strengthening our reliance on technology and the Internet to continue our most important daily tasks, even while staying at home. Many of us shifted to remote work. Kids stopped going to school and continued their studies through distance learning …

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Reptilles

World’s Smallest Reptile Could Fit on Your Fingertip

Chameleons are famous for their curved tails, long tongues, and ability to change their skin color. Recently, the animals are once again in the spotlight after scientists discovered the smallest species so far. The newly discovered chameleons are now thought to be the world’s smallest reptiles.  The new species is called the nano-chameleon, or Brookesia …

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Snakes Slither

These Snakes Slither Up Trees – By Turning Themselves into Lassos

Scientists have discovered a new kind of snake movement. They found out that brown tree snakes can turn their bodies into lassos to climb up large, smooth surfaces like tubes or poles. The scientists were shocked by this discovery because they had never seen snakes move this way before. Credit-Savidge et al-Current Biology How do …

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