April 2016


A rift in the highway caused by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Apr 29 2016

Earthquakes Strike Japan and Ecuador

You’re in your house, sleeping or doing your homework or eating dinner. All at once the floor starts shaking. Then your whole house begins to shake! It creaks and groans and rumbles. You and your family run outside…


Apr 22 2016

People-Powered Research

Some jobs are just too big to tackle alone. Consider the research that scientists do. The more information that they gather – the bigger their sample – the better their data is. But it takes time, manpower and money to gather data. That’s where citizen scientists come...


A man carries animal feed in Ethiopia on April 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Apr 15 2016

Dying of Hunger

Have you ever forgotten your lunch at home? If you have, by the end of the day, it was probably hard to think of anything but the rumbling of your stomach. In Ethiopia, 10 to 15 million people are going hungry. That’s more than…


A black-and-white reproduction of a painting showing Norsemen in a ship by Oscar Wergeland (1844-1910).
Apr 08 2016

Digging Up Vikings

A thousand years ago, the Vikings visited North America. Before Columbus. Before John Cabot. Before Jacques Cartier. How do we know? Old Norse poems and space-age satellites told us so.


People watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego.
Apr 01 2016

SeaWorld’s Orca Breeding Program Ends

Have you ever seen an orca jump out of the water and land with a huge splash? Was it breaching for the joy of it, out in the ocean? Or was it jumping for the fish in its trainer’s hand?