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What Are the Odds?
A die has six sides, so when you roll it, each number has the same chance—1 in 6— of landing face up. But with two dice, the odds change. That’s because there are more ways of making some numbers than others. Out of the 36 different ways the two dice
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Blockhead
You can call me Blockhead. Everyone else does. One day when I was just a boy, Maestro wrote out a math problem and gave us 10 minutes to solve it. I solved it in two seconds. That’s the way I am with numbers. I have loved them since I was very little
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Contest And Letters
In our January issue we asked you to imagine your perfect bed. Thanks to all you dreamy dozers for sharing your creations! Sweet dreams to all! Dear Whatson, Hi! How are you? I’m doing good. How many books do you read every day? What is your favorit
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The Best Number
Numbers are so clever, mysterious, and delicious. Do you have a special favorite? 11, because it’s so easy to multiply? 26, because it looks like a swan? For this month’s contest, celebrate your favorite wonderful number with a flattering portrait, p
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Math Tests for Animals
There are different ways scientists can test animals’ counting ability. Some set up tasks, like choosing the correct door based on the number of spots above it, or the number of bells they hear. Scientists also study whether animals (and babies) can
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Can Animals Count?
Unless you don’t like cookies, you’ll pick the plate with three—and so would a monkey, a bird, or a dog. Animals don’t have to know the words one, two, and three, or 1, 2, and 3, to know that three cookies are yummier than one. Being able to tell mo
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Bot's Best NUMBER TRICKS
To prepare for this trick, announce that you can predict the future! With a mystical flourish, write the number 1089 on a piece of paper (but don’t show the audience what you’ve written). Seal it in an envelope and give it to someone to hold. Give a
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Who Needs NUMBERS?
Long ago, people didn’t need a lot of fancy numbers. After all, you know who your children are; why would you need to know that there are “4” of them? But when small villages grew into big cities, people started to need bigger numbers to count sacks
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Bot’s MIGHTY MATCH
Take 1 through 9. If you put them in a square grid in just the right way…. Every row, column, and diagonal adds up to 15! The order of the numbers matters. If two numbers trade places, it won’t work any more. Squares like this where the columns, ro
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Nosy News
Wild pandas are shy animals. There’s still a lot we don’t know about them. Including, why do they like to roll in horse poop? Scientists studying wild pandas first noticed this odd behavior many years ago. So they set up cameras in the woods to spy o
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The Wheat On The Chessboard
Long ago in India, there was a wise mathematician called Sessa. He invented a new game to amuse his friend, the king. He called it “chess.” The king loved chess and told Sessa to name anything he liked as his reward. Anything! The king enjoyed boasti
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Contest And Letters
Entirely home-made cake even the ganache! Hazel F., age 8, Virginia Muhammad S., age 7, Canada Papier-mâché whale Liam Y., age 8, Virginia Reindeer Slippers Abigail L., age 10 Liam G., age 9, Illinois My new room. I designed the wall and pain
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Virus Or Bacteria?
Bacteria are tiny single-celled organisms. They live by eating tiny bits of sugar, oil, or other food. They help you digest a lot of what you eat. Most bacteria are harmless or helpful, but some cause diseases. Bacteria split to make more. You get si
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Rise Of The Roachbots
Like most of us, scientists who study roaches find them a bit disgusting.“I don’t want them in my kitchen,” says engineer Kaushik Jayaram. “Roaches are filthy, and a bit creepy, and they get in places you don’t want them to be.” But as a scientist wh
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The Impossible Knot
Challenge your friends to pick up a piece of string by the ends and tie a knot in it—without letting go of either end even once. Do they all give up? Say it’s impossible? Now show them how it’s done! • A piece of string or rope at least 2 feet (aroun
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Nosy News
The world’s largest coral reef is the Great Barrier Reef. It stretches for 1,400 miles (2,300 km) off the coast of Australia. Hundreds of divers and scientists visit it every year. You’d think we’d know all about it. But recently scientists found a s
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Meet Your Mighty Microbes
They may be too small to see—thousands could fit into the size of this dot . But they are all over you, inside and out. They outnumber the cells of your body by 10 to 1. Most are bacteria. Some are fungi, like molds and yeasts. And some are viruses,
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Beetles with Brawn
As dusk falls in a Brazilian rainforest, a male rhinoceros beetle crawls out of a hole and takes a quick look around. No enemies in sight. Pushing forward with his huge horn, the beetle plows a path across the forest floor. He’s searching for food—an
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ThE Small SEcrEt of MorsE CodE
It was October 1837. Samuel Morse and I sat in our workshop, studying the many improvements that I, Alfred Vail, had made to Morse’s new telegraph machine. I had rebuilt the mechanism to make it much simpler, and now it was working pretty well. I’d f
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Ants All Around
I’m sure you’ve seen ants running around the sidewalk, disappearing into mysterious holes. Ever wonder what we do down there? First, let me introduce myself. Ants are not all the same, you know! There’s more than 16,000 different ant species. Ants li
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A World of Ants
These forest ants cut up leaves to take back to their nest. They chew the leaves into a paste, which they use to grow fungus. Then they eat the fungus. These ants use their babies to sew with! Weaver ants make nests out of leaves, held together with
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Small Super
Bugs might be small, but they can fly, leap, spit poison, and carry many times their own weight. Are they the real superheroes? For this month’s contest, give your favorite insect, arachnid, or small animal a superhero costume and motto. Draw us a he
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Cold Scientists
As snow falls, it snags gases and dust from the air. Thousands of years of snowfalls lie in layers on Antarctica. Using hollow drills like big straws, climatologists pull out long tubes of layered, smooshed snow, called ice cores. Then they look at t
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Nosy News
Pictures of stars and galaxies can be breathtaking. But looking at pictures isn’t the only way to appreciate outer space. Scientists have turned some telescope images into music. They call these musical pieces sonifications. How do you listen to a pi
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The Midnight Sun
At the poles, the sun never sets in summer. In winter, it’s dark all the time. Why? Earth’s axis is tilted a bit. This tilt means that in June the North Pole leans toward the sun. As the Earth spins around each day, that top bit is never out of the s
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Contest And Letters
Send your letters to Ask Mail, 70 East Lake St., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601, or have your parent/guardian email us at ask@cricketmedia.com. Tempoist Matthias S. Sportist Chase L., age 9 Artist Marin F., age 8, Florida Arborist Julie P.,
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The Big Melt?
At the edge of Antarctica, a cliff of ice stretches a mile high. Suddenly, with a boom, a huge chunk the size of a city block breaks off and splashes into the sea. A new iceberg is born! In summer, polar ice is always breaking and melting. But now it
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Iceberg!
Icebergs are big pieces of ice that drift around in the ocean. Thousands of icebergs fill the Arctic and Antarctic seas. But icebergs come from the land. Land ice is always on the move, sliding slowly downhill. Where ice sheets or glaciers meet the s
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