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Winter Issue, 2022


This issue features the inspiring story of an entrepreneur, inventor, and interactive artist Ayah Bdeir.




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In This Issue

Science in the News, Fantastic Phenomena, Mind Muddlers, Space and Tech, Hands-on Science, Crossword, Earth Science, Watch Me Work, Phenomenal Physics, Guess What? Answers and Credits, Poster, 
What’s Inside
Fantastic Phenomena – Weird Weather Phenomena – Volcanic Lightning
A huge, bright flash of lightning’s branched electric show is a sight worth seeing. Lightning is caused by an accumulation of static charges in clouds. As you might have guessed, volcanic lightning occurs during a volcanic eruption, and is a rare sight.
Volcanic Lightning
SCIENCE In the News – Blue light causes faster aging
Blue light from smartphones and computers can cause age you faster than you would wish. Your smartphone might bring wrinkles to your face faster than you would expect.  Smart-phones release blue light, which is already known to have a hand in retinal damage.
The Smartphone – A Source of Blue Light
Animal Engineering: How and Why do Spiders Build Webs?
Spider silk is an incredible material that allows spiders to do a range of things, from catching prey to hearing sounds. How do spiders make silk?  Just like you produce saliva, digestive enzymes, tears, and mucus, spiders produce silk.
Science Like A Girl – Ayah Bdeir
When Ayah Bdeir left for college, she had been dreaming of a creative playground that fell somewhere between the worlds of Inspector Gadget and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Into the Future – Is Transparent Wood a Good Eco-Friendly Alternative to Glass?
When you think about the materials used to make window panes, wood is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind. How can this brown and opaque material create transparent windows that allow us to look out on the world?
A sample of transparent wood created by scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Hands-on Science – Find the wire challenge
Materials needed: 1. A small stack of hay or grass. 2. A small iron wire, preferably with similar size and thickness to a needle (as a safe alternative to a needle). Challenge: Ask a friend or your parent to place the wire inside the stack. 
Blast from the Past – Emmy Noether: Creative Mathematician
In 1915, Albert Einstein proposed a new theory called general relativity. If correct,the theory would forever change the world’s understanding of how space, time, and energy work. But Einstein had a problem. His theory said that, sometimes, energy disappeared.
Emmy Noether
Watch Me Work – What do Astronomers do?
Humans have always been fascinated by the sky and the stars. In every stage of human history, we have looked up and marveled at the great expanse. And thus, for the longest time, humans have strived to know more about this vastness around us.
Space & Tech – Unraveling the Mystery of Our Galaxy’s Black Hole
Black holes are one of the strangest and most intriguing parts of space. An international team of scientists has captured the first-ever image of the black hole found at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Fun Facts
Favorite Animal: Octopus. If I could have a robot take over one of her chores: Packing suitcases. Something I wanted to invent as a child: A card game you could play at the beach on a windy day. Music that helps me relax: Creative music from different backgrounds.
Earth Science – Fossils – Nature’s Time Capsules
Do you love to solve puzzles? Are you willing to time-travel? Then pack your curiosity and get ready for adventure—we’re going fossil-hunting! Fossils are all around us. They’re waiting to be discovered on beaches, in quarries, in state parks, even right under your feet.
Phenomenal Physics – What Causes Mirages?
magine a weary traveler stranded in the desert. She has no food, no water, and is struggling in the heat. All of a sudden, she sees a rich oasis filled with fresh water in the distance. As she excitedly runs towards the beautiful pool,
Diagram showing bending of light in the formation of a mirage
A giant cloud of dust and gas in space from which stars are formed. Birds form the class. A form of mathematics that was developed by Sir Isaac Newton and is used widely in physics. NASA plans to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2024. What is the name of this program?
Poster – Arctic Animals and Birds
Arctic Hare, Dovekie, Polar Ow, Puffin, Musk Ox, Reindeer, Arctic Fox, Mouflon, Arctic Wolf, Pink Gull (Ross’s Gull), Lemming
Smore-Arctic Animals
Guess What?
These birds look like owls but are actually part of the nightjar family. They are excellent at camouflage and can withstand a range of environments from the desert to cold mountains in Australia and Tasmania, but they’re not very good at building nests.
Which of the following food items is toxic for a dog, and can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting? D. Peanuts. B. Chocolate. C. Rice. D. Apples. Fun Fact: In 2009, scientists at the University of Warwick developed fuel from by-products of chocolate manufacture supplied by Cadbury.
mins muddler
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