Science News for Kids, January 2015

For the budding scientists, a new year means exciting new science news for the mind! So here are the top 3 stories in the world of science news for kids, for the first month of 2015.

Aliens May Exist After All!
There’s good news for those who thought the world may come to an end very soon and that all of us will perish along with it! A team of astronomers have identified eight planets beyond our solar system which apparently have moderate climate just like the Earth’s, so life doesn’t look like a distant possibility there. The scientists, led by Dr. Guillermo Torres of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, made the discoveries using data collected by the planet-seeking Kepler telescope. But before we get further confirmation on the possibility of life on the planets, astronomers must first verify if the planets have heat-trapping atmosphere like Earth’s, a key ingredient for life. Let’s wait and watch!

Traces of Earliest Twins Found in Siberia
The belief that having twins is a comparatively recent phenomenon is about to be put to rest. Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Neolithic Era tragedy that is helping them trace the existence of twins thousands of years back. The remains of a woman has been found who apparently died of an obstructed labor, called dystocia in medical terms, along with her twins in her womb. What’s remarkable is that even though the discovery suggests that twins existed in prehistoric times, there isn’t any direct reference or evidence of having twins in the prehistoric era. The discovery has been found at a prehistoric cemetery called Lokomotiv, near present-day Irkutsk in Russia. The babies were found in a ‘locked’ position in the womb which may have resulted in the mother’s death.

Small is the New Smart

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Most of you must have already started to carry the big, quintessential electronic gadget in your pockets by now if you’re in high school, namely a smart phone. The news is that big, smart gadgets are all set to get smaller and smarter – in the form of a smart watch! The smart watch is a smart device that can be worn on the wrist, just like a normal watch, but promises to do all the things a cell phone does. Soon after Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of the Apple watch, Swatch too has announced its plans to launch its own smartwatch within the next three months, as confirmed by its CEO Nick Hayek. The device will link up to the internet without needing to be charged, will make mobile payments, and will work with both Windows and Android software. Now you now know what to ask for your next birthday!

Keeping kids abreast of all the developments in the world of science is one of the best ways to help them cultivate an interest in the subject. They must be encouraged to browse for regular and updated science news on the internet and subscribe to a few online science magazines too!
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