Hard to Believe? Use Transparent Wood Instead of Glass for Buildings

With climate change seemingly at the center of the conversation these days, more sustainable ways of doing things are increasingly appealing. The creation of transparent wood just might be what our buildings need to be more energy-efficient. Scientists are also researching flatworms and their amazing regenerative qualities — is this something that we might be able to harness? And when it comes to space, NASA’s Hubble is showing us just how swiftly our universe is expanding. Learn all about it in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Into the Wood: Our Green Energy Answer?

(Smithsonian)

American Chemical Society

Swedish researchers, fascinated by humans’ use of wood to create homes throughout history, decided to see if there were ways to harness it for green energy. They came up with a way to modify the wood to make it transparent, and possibly more sustainable than the glass we use as windows. It just might be the future! Learn all about the technology they are using to test the wood here.

The Regenerative Powers of Flatworms Explored

(Stanford News)

Sinhya / Getty Images

Flatworms have the amazing ability to regenerate their entire body from just a sliver of themselves. Despite many tests and theories, harnessing this unique and mysterious tool has been incredibly difficult, until now. Someone on the bioengineering team might’ve found how we can use this ability to help humans regenerate their own cells, but how? Find out more here!

The Universe is Expanding

(Hub)

NASA’s space telescope Hubble has shown scientists that the universe is expanding at a much more rapid rate than anticipated. This means that there might need to be new physics created in order to accurately understand what is happening, and how fast. Learn more about the amazing science behind it here!

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See How Drones Are Helping People Needing Critical Supplies

See How Drones Are Helping People in Need of Critical Medical Supplies

Just past Neptune is a minor planet that’s been known by humans for over a decade, and scientists have finally decided to name it — but they asked the public for some help to do so. In another part of space, Saturn’s moon, Titan, was found to have deep lakes! What does this mean? Back on Earth, Ghana has been using drones to deliver important medical supplies, does this change how we all might be delivering sensitive products in the future? Find out in this week’s Tech News 4 Kids newsletter! Join our classes to learn all about the latest technologies — coding, artificial intelligence, and more.

Is Gonggong the Best Name for a Minor Planet?

(The New York Times)

Alex H. Parker

What do you call a minor planet, about half the size of Pluto, that’s in the far reaches of the solar system? Astronomers didn’t know, either! After deciding that 2007 OR10 wasn’t the best name, they narrowed the choices down to three options, but asked the public to decide which one was best. Find out more about this minor planet and the names the public voted for here!

We’re Learning More About Saturn’s Moon, Titan

(MIT Technology Review)

NASA researchers have been exploring Titan for some time now, hoping to glean new information about Saturn’s largest moon. Deep methane-filled lakes were found thanks to NASA’s Cassini-probe. Learn more about what these findings mean and the amazing technology used to discover it here!

Drones, Ziplines & Medical Supplies: How Ghana Delivering Medicine

(News For Kids)

Source: Zipline.

Drones aren’t just for fun aerial shots now. Ghana and Rwanda have been using them to deliver important medical supplies in a push to help those that don’t live near the hospital or city-center. It’s relatively new, and the process is fascinating! Maybe this will catch on in the United States? Find out what Ghana is doing to assist those in rural areas using drones here.

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