Man’s best friend – since when?

By Siddharth Vodnala Editor’s note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. Dogs are called “man’s best friend.” You probably know that. But do you know when dogs came into being (and became man’s best friend)? Some scientists recently tried to figure that out and found that wolves changed into the…

Robot octopus capable of ultra-fast speeds

Editor’s Note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. Watch out! The sea critters of the deep could be welcoming a new creature into the family. It’s a robot that looks and acts like an octopus. Octopuses, and other creatures like cuttlefish and squids, are able to…

Heads up! Keep your brain safe while playing

Editor’s Note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. By Sean Morrison Do you play football, baseball or basketball? How about cheerleading? Swimming? Hockey? Do you love to have a snowball fight with your friends? All of those things are great, and getting outside to play is very…

Dogs discriminate emotion in human expression

By Taylor Malottki Editor’s Note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. Have you ever wondered if your dog could tell how you felt? New research shows that dogs can tell whether people are angry or happy just from their facial expressions. Researchers in Europe –Vienna, Austria to…

Norman Borlaug: the hero you’ve probably never heard of

By Meghan Eldridge  CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico — With three other students from the University of Missouri, one fellow journalist and two students from science disciplines, I spent my spring break not on the sandy beaches of Mexico but in the middle of the Yaqui Valley. Together we reported from a conference aimed at solving an issue that will…