News Wrap: Week of November 9th

by Elisabeth Morgan

Throughout the week we like to tweet #ShareWithKids when we find news we think your students will love (follow us on Twitter @Kids_Discover!) Here’s a recap of what’s going on now. Check back each week for more news in science and social studies, tailored for kids.


JK Rowling Slips News of a New Children’s Book #Reading



While on tour for her latest novel, “Career of Evil,” JK Rowling revealed that she’s also been working on a new children’s book. The fantastical mind that gave us Hogwarts, butter-beer and Quidditch hasn’t written a book for children since she finished the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, no other details have been given, and readers will have to stand by for a release date.


What Can Ground Squirrels Teach Us?  #LifeScience


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When ground squirrels hibernate for the winter, they only wake once a week, their body temperature drops to freezing, and their oxygen consumption reduces to 2% of what they normally use. But this extreme biological change doesn’t hurt them, and come springtime they bounce back to normal! Scientists are studying their brains and hearts to find the proteins that make their resiliency possible… and this could lead to exciting discoveries of how to locate and prevent brain and heart problems.


Amazon Gets Real #Tech

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Amazon — the online store that sells everything from fine art to toilet paper– got its start as an online bookseller. Now the mega-store turning the tables and just opened a real-life bookshop in Seattle! The store will be a little different than normal bookstores. Customers will browse the store with their phone in hand, using an app that scans book covers to give information like reviews and prices.


Details of Mayans Lives Revealed #World History


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1400 years ago a volcano wiped out life in a Mayan village in what is now El Salvador. The ash that settled over the area preserved details of the lives of the working class that were previously unknown. Archaeologists have recently found that instead of simply serving the elite, the typical working-class Mayan had control over his own crops and a rich culture of pottery, trade, and entertainment. (Excavators even found an ancient hot tub- a steam bath that could seat 12!)


Mars Report #Space

mars and earth solar winds


Mars might have originally had a thick atmosphere that could have sustained oceans and rivers, but as the planet cooled, solar winds, or gas pressure from the sun, wiped away the protective layers of atmosphere that sustained the water. Earth, on the other hand, is protected from solar winds by its magnetic fields, which are sustained by electrical currents formed by its metallic molten core.


Elisabeth Morgan

Elisabeth Morgan is Kids Discover's content and community manager. She participated in the Teacher's Assistantship Program in France and was an assistant teacher at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans before moving to New York to go to Columbia Journalism School. She joined the Kids Discover team in 2015.