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Sleepy Pet Or Peppy Pet?
When you’re choosing a pet, how much will it sleep? Snake 16-20 hours Cat 15 hours (in naps) Hamster 14 hours Lizard 12 hours Bird 10 hours Dog 9 hours Guinea Pig 8 hours Rabbit 8 hours Fish 6 hours Tarantula some, we hope ■
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My Bad Dream Week
OK, I should not have watched Blood-Sucking Vampire Eels from Space right before bed. I just woke everyone up screaming, convinced that giant fanged space eels were crawling up all over my bed. Since my brother’s up anyway, I made him check under th
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The Big Sleep
In a wintry forest, snow lies thick on the ground. The trees are bare. There’s little to eat. But under the snow, a tiny dormouse is curled up in a ball in its nest. Its fluffy tail is wrapped around its body like a blanket. If you peek in, it won’t
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Time To...Estivate?
Hot, dry weather can also make food hard to find. Estivation is hibernation in a hot climate. Animals that estivate lower their breathing and heart rate and don’t eat, just like hibernators. In Australia, burrowing frogs estivate underground until th
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Winter Bees
It’s mostly warmblooded animals that hibernate, but some non-mammals do it too. A queen bumblebee spends the winter underground. Northern garter snakes sleep together in caves, in big piles of hundreds or thousands of snakes. Toads dig burrows. And a
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Living on Time Sun
When is bedtime? If you don’t have a phone or watch, don’t worry. Inside every living thing is a clock that follows the sun. For a long time, people assumed that daylight told animals when to go to sleep or wake up. See light, wake. See dark, sleep.
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Night Lights
Having an internal clock that sets itself by the sun is great—but what happens when someone invents electric lights? Sometimes, bright light at night can fool the internal clock into thinking it’s day. This can make it harder for people to fall aslee
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Contest And Letters
Breakfast Ice Cream Abigail L., age 9, California The Blue Angler Erik L., age 9, Massachusetts Stella K., age 9, Hawaii A girl drops her Bizarro Delight, which is three flavors: "Volcano Gelato," "Pizzalicious," and "Say Cheese." Luckily, the
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Dream Bed
All animals sleep, and they have all different kinds of beds. People also sleep in many different ways. So what’s your ideal bed? Do you dream of tucking up in a hammock, or a tree, or a castle in the clouds? For this month’s contest, draw us a pictu
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Nosy News
Bees do an important job. As they fly from flower to flower, they gather and spread pollen. This helps plants make fruit and seeds. But what if there aren’t enough bees? Researchers have found a new tool that could help: soap bubbles. The scientists
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MEET Marvin & Friends
Likes: Pranks, inventions, whoopee cushions Quote: I didn’t do it! Dreaming of: Playing the perfect prank Likes: Poetry, dictionaries, mirrors Quote: Brains AND beauty—I have both. Dreaming of: Starring in Beaks over Broadway Likes: Rule book
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Why Do We Sleep?
Sleep has puzzled people for a long time.Why do we lie down and zone out for hours every night? Isn’t sleep just a giant waste of time? Could we learn to do without it? Now scientists are beginning to answer some of those questions. They’ve discovere
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Sleepwalking
Some sleepers talk and even walk around when fast asleep. What’s going on? Sleepwalking and sleep talking can happen when the brain gets stuck halfway between sleep and waking. A sleepwalker’s body may think it’s still awake, while the brain is compl
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Will Soda Keep Me Up All Night?
You might have heard grown-ups say that you shouldn’t drink some kinds of soda or tea at night because they have caffeine. What is that, and what does it have to do with anything? Caffeine is a natural chemical found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and so
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Dream Discoveries
Many creative people have discovered the power of dreams, which Aristotle called "thinking while asleep." Dreams can spark creative connections that the waking brain overlooks. Often these are just weird. But once in a while, they are brilliant. In
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The Best Bed
Ancient Egyptians slept under linen sheets on carved wood bed frames. The pillow was made of wood, too. It was more like a padded stand that held the back of the head. These wood pillows kept the head away from crawling insects, and didn’t mess up fa
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SHHHH! Animals Sleeping
Koalas are marsupials (mammals with a pouch, like kangaroos) that live in Australia. They eat only the leaves of eucalyptus trees. These leaves are hard to digest and don’t give much energy. So to save their strength, koalas spend most of the day (an
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Origami Balloon
Making a new kind of heart stent is a challenge, but it started with a simple idea—the origami balloon! Follow these instructions to make your own. (Be sure to press down all the way along each fold to make the crease.) 1. Start with a square piece
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The Art of Faking
Han van Meegeren was a Dutch painter, but he is best known for faking art. He was a forger, an artist who copies famous works of art and sells them as the real thing. Between 1923 and 1945, van Meegeren forged many paintings that he sold for millions
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The Color No One Can See
As you walk through the art museum, you spot a weird black shape. What is it? It looks like someone punched a hole in the room. From the side, you can see the outline of a head. But there are no little glints of light from the nose. No darker shadows
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Nature’s Artists
Deep in the forests of New Guinea, the superb bird of paradise sports a black feather coat that is almost as dark as Vantablack. Under a microscope, its black feathers look like tiny brushes. These feathers trap light in a way similar to the carbon t
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How to FOOL Your Eyes
Your eyes help you see the world. But they don’t tell you what you’re looking at. That’s the brain’s job. To decode what the eyes are seeing, the brain uses clues like light, shadow, size, and position. If one object is blocking another, for example,
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Contest And Letters
Dear Elvis, The birds at my bird feeder aren’t scared of me or my cat when we’re inside, looking out the window, but they flew away when I went outside. Sincerely, Ramona B., Pennsylvania Dear Ramona, We have an old bird saying: Kids and kittens A
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I Made That!
Every great artist has their own favorite tricks. What’s yours? For this month’s contest, we invite you to show us the best thing you ever made. It could be anything—a sand castle, a painting, a cupcake, a sock, or an amazing invention. Send us a pho
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The Magic Circle
Can you draw a dot in a circle (with no other lines), without once lifting the pencil from the paper? Do your friends say it’s impossible? Now, show them how it’s done. First, make the center dot on the paper. Then, leaving your pencil on the dot, f
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Nosy News
Your skin won’t turn green if you eat a lot of broccoli. But a flamingo does get its color from what it eats. Flamingos slurp up algae, tiny shrimp, and other tidbits from water. Many of these foods contain carotenoids, a natural molecule that gives
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The Tricky Artist’s Box of Tricks
Hi. My name is Thor, and I’m an artist. People ask me all the time, “Thor, you just have a pencil—how can you make me think I’m looking at a mountain, or a fishpond, or a raccoon?” We artists have lots of tricks. And because I like you, I’ll share
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A Little Help?
Look up. Now try to draw exactly what you see. It’s not easy, is it? Now, what if you set up a grid of thin threads in front of what you want to draw? Mark the same grid on your paper. As you draw, fill in one square at a time. The “grid method” has
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