News Wrap: Week of October 5th

by Elisabeth Morgan

Mondays are hard! Here’s a recap of current events from the past week to share with your students and get some conversations flowing… so “How was everyone’s weekend?” isn’t met with blank stares. Check back each week for new current events tailored for kids.

Martian Water #Space

Last Monday it was announced that liquid water was found on Mars! This is important because life as we know it developed in H2O. Now, astronomers are compiling their toolset of life-detection gear to one day hunt for extra-terrestrial life, and NASA hopes to launch an investigative mission in the 2020s.

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Image via NASA

 

A Sheep Broke a World Record #LifeScience

An Australian sheep broke the Guinness World Record for the most wool sheared at once! Poor guy, he had wandered away from his flock and it seems as if he hadn’t been shorn in about 6 years. Merino sheep like him are bred to not shed their fleece each year, and a professional cut about 64 pounds of wool off of him!

Photo via Guinness World Records

Photo via Guinness World Records

 

Hurricane Joaquin Came and Went #Weather

There was crazy weather last week, thanks to Hurricane Joaquin. He hit the Bahamas last Thursday and lingered there for two days, meanwhile causing heavy flooding up the East Coast, especially in South Carolina. Astronaut Scott Kelley took this photo, below, from the  International Space Station on Friday.

NASA

NASA

 

 

The United Nations Met for the 70th Time #WorldHistory

Over 150 leaders met last week for the 70th annual meeting of the United Nations, an organization made up of nations who want to work together to solve problems that effect the whole world, like food shortages and climate change. Some goals on the agenda were about creating jobs, providing sustainable energy to all consumers, and promoting equal education for boys and girls, all before the year 2030.

Photo via The Guardian

Photo via The Guardian

 

Someone Invented a Very Picky Camera #Inventions

Here’s a funny invention: a camera that tells you what pictures not to take. An iPhone hides inside the body of the 3D printed camera, called Camera Restricta, and tells you if an image has been captured too many times.  If it has, it stops working!

Photo via Big Think

Photo via Big Think

 

Scientists Figured Out How to Tell the Colors of Ancient Creatures #Archaeology

The colors of animals reveal a lot about them- their diet, environment, and lifestyle- but until recently, we haven’t been able to tell what color ancient beings were through their fossils. Now, scientists have discovered that by examining fossils very closely, you can find traces of the shapes of animals’ melanin (or the cells that give color) in the imprints. The bat below was a reddish-brown color when it was alive, about 50 million years ago.

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Photo via Christian Science Monitor

 

Elisabeth Morgan

Elisabeth Morgan is Kids Discover's content and community manager. She participated in the Teacher's Assistantship Program in France and was an assistant teacher at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans before moving to New York to go to Columbia Journalism School. She joined the Kids Discover team in 2015.