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Smore Science Summer 2022

Summer Issue, 2022


This issue features the cover story featuring science journalist Angela Saini who shares her life and work as a science journalist who is passionate about the science and about the people doing it. Angela shares her childhood experiences , and advice to the younger generation about creating social change.




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In This Issue

Fantastic Phenomena, Mind Muddlers, Crossword, Smoretoon, Space and Tech Poster, Book Excerpt, Earth Science, Puzzle, Watch Me Work, Kitchen Science, Guess What? Answers and Credits.
What’s Inside
Fantastic Phenomena – Weird Brooding Habits of Animals
Seahorses and sea dragons have unique birth habits, in which the males become pregnant and give birth. The female partner deposits the eggs in the brood pouch of the male seahorse, where the eggs undergo changes and grow into young ones.
SCIENCE In the News
Stonehenge was designed as a Solar Calendar, scientists suggest. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument found on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England believed to have been constructed from 3000 to 2000 B.C.
Animal Engineering –  Hexagons are the Bees Knees
Have you ever seen a beehive up close? It looks like a tiny home with a special hole for flying in and out. If you have seen a beehive before, you may have noticed bees hanging out on the outside.
bees knees
Science Like A Girl – Angela Saini
Science is often portrayed as a completely objective pursuit. What could be less biased than the world of variables, experiments, and hypotheses? But years working as an award-winning science journalist.
Angela Saini.
Scientists and doctors have been very successful at curing some of the world’s most serious medical conditions. We use vaccines and antibiotics to stop infections in their tracks.
Earth Science – The Mineral That Shaped Human History
Did you know that a mineral you eat every day was once so rare, it was worth its weight in gold? Wish you lived in those days? Think again. Wars were fought over it, people were enslaved to mine it, and thousands died without it.
Blast from the Past – Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr had said that “Any girl can look glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” During her career as a film star, Hedy was always glamorous.
Watch Me Work – Natalie TSE
I grew up watching women in STEM on TV, like Dax on Star Trek and Scully on The X-Files. This taught me that women can do any job that men traditionally do.
Space & Tech – The Milky Way
Did you know that our solar system is part of a larger galaxy called the Milky Way? In fact, all the stars that are visible from Earth form part of the Milky Way galaxy.
The Milky Way
The moon appears largest when it comes closest to Earth while revolving in its orbit, and it is called perigee. What is the moon called during this event?
Book Excerpt – Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horns
Interestingly, none of the Siberian unicorn skeletons unearthed so far have included a preserved horn. Why? Part of the reason may be because the horn was probably made of keratin.
Fun Facts
What are some of your favorite comfort foods? Oh, I’m a bit of a greedy eater. Eggplant parmesan, steak, or lobster roll as a really big treat. What are some books that you keep thinking about?
Hands on Science – Ketchup Driver
Fold the ketchup packet lengthwise and push it into the bottle. Fill the bottle to the top with water and screw on the top. Now, when you squeeze the sides of the bottle.
Growing up has never been easy, but growing up digital brings a whole new set of challenges. Technology is such a huge part of our everyday lives. Social media, in particular, has become a place many of us turn to for information, entertainment.
Puzzle – Futoshiki
Futoshiki is a math puzzle developed in Japan. Closely related to Sudoku, this game was made in 2001. Fill in the 5 x 5 grid with numbers from 1 to 5, such that no number is repeated twice in a row or column.
Kitchen Science – Infinite Chocolate Paradox
This simple illusion is sure to amaze everyone! But is this trick really the secret to infinite chocolate? Have you heard of the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”?
Guess What?
This is one of the longest insects in the world, but it’s hard to nd due to its natural camou age. This species absolutely loves honey and uses its unusually long 9-inch tongue to lick it out of honeycombs. They have beaks, but are not birds. They also are the reason for white sand beaches.
The study and treatment of tumors and cancer There are two bones in the forearm. One is the radius, the other the ___ An instrument based on gravity that helps in keeping an object stable on an axis.
Poster – The Rock Cycle
Weathering and erosion, Slow uplift to the surface, Transport and deposition, Sedimentation, compaction and cementation.
The Rock Cycle
Smore Toons
I’m testing Newton’s first law: an object at rest stays at rest unless acted on by another force.


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