Glow-Worms Get a Leg Up

SCIENCE Scientists think they’ve cracked the mystery of why some millipedes developed their glow. (Nat Geo Kids) Let our encyclopedic entry illuminate the process of bioluminescence! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit—and don’t forget to take this week’s Nat Geo News Quiz! Discussion Ideas The cool Nat Geo Kids article says millipedes (and every other bioluminescent organism) owe … Continue reading Glow-Worms Get a Leg Up

Featured Creatures: Nectar Bats

There are more than 1,200 species of bats around the world, all of which fall into one of two big groups: megabats and microbats. You can probably guess which ones are typically– though not always– larger! Megabats include all of the fruit and nectar bats in Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, and Oceania. Microbats include all of the insect-eating bats, as well as a large, … Continue reading Featured Creatures: Nectar Bats

Stalking the Wild Steer in Hawaii

GEOGRAPHY In the jungles of Hawaii’s Big Island, wild cattle are the biggest—and most dangerous—game. But what are they even doing there? (Modern Farmer) Use our resources to learn more about invasive species. Discussion Questions The cattle roaming Hawaii’s Big Island are a non-native species, meaning they are not indigenous to the region. Where are Hereford cattle native? How did they get to Hawaii? (Hint: … Continue reading Stalking the Wild Steer in Hawaii

Why Zebras Got Their Stripes

SCIENCE You would think that someone would have come up with the definitive answer by now, but, in fact, the reason zebras have stripes remains a biological mystery. Scientists have a pretty good idea, however. (New Yorker) Use our resources to read between the lines of evolution and natural selection. Discussion Ideas Read the fascinating New Yorker blog post, then read the first page of … Continue reading Why Zebras Got Their Stripes

Vultures Use Power Lines to Expand Range

ENVIRONMENT Cape vultures in southern Africa are using expanding networks of pylons and power lines to extend their range, say scientists. The power lines also put the birds at risk for collision with overhead wires. (BBC) Use our resources to learn all about Cape vultures. Discussion Ideas Look at the gorgeous photo of a Cape vulture above. Now look at our “bald and beautiful” image … Continue reading Vultures Use Power Lines to Expand Range