This week, we learned …
… the oldest stories in the world are true.
The oldest stories in the world also helped map it—find out how.
… the Underground Railroad ran south as well as north.
Use our activity to introduce the Underground Railroad to primary students.
… why scientists use pasta to explain neutron stars, some of the most bizarre objects in the universe. Gnocch-idding.
How do scientists study neutron stars?
… how climate change is unraveling the Antarctic ecosystem.
What does our explorer, Enric Sala, think of the Antarctic ocean basin?
… how citizen science is transforming research.
Find some citizen science projects for your students.
… the ephemeral history of fabric, and the women who weave it.
Not all fabric is ephemeral—learn more about the world’s oldest dress.
… the truth about “hexing herbs.”
Potent medicines, fatal poisons, or key ingredients in witches’ magical potions? Learn a little about locoweed.
… some butterflies hear with their wings.
If they hear with their wings, what are their brains for? Explore that question with a neurobiologist studying the brains of monarch butterflies.
… there’s a database of paper airplanes with easy-to-follow folding instructions.
Use our paper airplane activity to introduce the forces of flight to students.
… the most violent eruption in recorded history may have taken place hundreds of years later than we thought.
… just in time for the holidays, how the geography of stores gets you to buy more.
How do companies market to your brain?
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