Kids News - Articles for Grade 11

Shoelaces Always Coming Undone? Blame It On Physics!

Shoelaces Always Coming Undone? Blame It On Physics!

Unraveled shoelaces are the bane of people worldwide. The pesky knots magically appear to come apart at the most inconvenient times – in the final sprint of a long run or, just before a crucial point in a game. However, while there has been a lot of research conducted on the durability of the various types of knots, nobody has ever investigated the fundamental question – why do laces come undone? Now, thanks to a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, there is finally a scientific explanation to this knotty problem which affects both young and old.

Read news article
"Wizard" Teacher Transforms His Middle School Classroom Into A Magical Harry Potter Wonderland

"Wizard" Teacher Transforms His Middle School Classroom Into A Magical Harry Potter Wonderland

At the beginning of each school year, students rush to their new classrooms to see what exciting surprise is in store for them. Some are greeted with a new class pet, while others encounter a reading nook furnished with comfortable bean bags or couches. This year, Oregon educator Kyle Hubler took the first-day thrill to a whole new level by transforming his classroom into a mini Hogwarts, complete with wands, (fake) owls and costumes!

Read news article
Drivers In Car Seat Costumes Help Test Public Reaction To Autonomous Cars

Drivers In Car Seat Costumes Help Test Public Reaction To Autonomous Cars

Self-driving cars are all the rage today, Companies ranging from car manufacturers like General Motors and Toyota to private-hire companies like Uber and even Internet search giant Google are all scrambling to be the first to bring them to market. The efforts are so intense that the University of Michigan has established an entire city to help the cause. Dubbed Mcity, it allows manufacturers to safely test their autonomous cars using human props.

Read news article
Cassini Spacecraft's 20-Year Mission Ends With A Fiery Explosion Into Saturn

Cassini Spacecraft's 20-Year Mission Ends With A Fiery Explosion Into Saturn

On September 15, 2017, Cassini’s 19 year, 11 month, 0 day, 3 hour, 12 minute and 46 second long mission ended with a plunge into Saturn, the planet it had been orbiting for 13 years. The fiery demise was not accidental, but the result of a well-orchestrated plan to ensure that the spacecraft, which was running out of rocket propellant would not crash and pollute Saturn’s pristine moons.

Read news article
Researchers Believe Forgetting Things May Make You Smarter

Researchers Believe Forgetting Things May Make You Smarter

The next time your brain refuses to recall a simple fact or name, be thankful. That’s because according to University of Toronto professors Blake Richards and Paul Frankland, could be a sign that your brain is getting rid of unnecessary information so that it can operate more efficiently, and help you make better decisions.

Read news article
Video Of The Week - Snow Leopard Falls From The Edge Of A Mountain, And Survives!

Video Of The Week - Snow Leopard Falls From The Edge Of A Mountain, And Survives!

With their thick white-gray fur and black rings, snow leopards are often hard to see against the rugged mountains that they call home. However, a team of photographers that included Mike Birkhead, has managed to capture amazing footage of this elusive cat walking away unscathed, after tumbling off a steep cliff.

Read news article
Harvey, Irma, Jose, And Now, Maria — Is The 2017 Hurricane Season The Worst One Yet?

Harvey, Irma, Jose, And Now, Maria — Is The 2017 Hurricane Season The Worst One Yet?

Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria — these seemingly innocuous names all belong to powerful hurricanes that have devastated small islands and major US cities in the past few weeks. Maria, a Category 5 storm began its path of destruction by pummeling the Commonwealth of Dominica, a tiny sovereign island country in the Caribbean, on Tuesday, September 18. Two days later, on September 20, the slightly weakened Category 4 hurricane unleashed its wrath on Puerto Rico, which was still reeling from the impacts of Irma.

Read news article
Lemon Shark Displays Wolverine-Like Self-Healing Skills

Lemon Shark Displays Wolverine-Like Self-Healing Skills

Given that sharks have been around for millions of years and can live for as long as 400 years, it is evident that the formidable species has developed an arsenal of survival mechanisms. However, a lemon shark’s two-year quest to rid itself of a piece of ingested stainless steel through its skin, and self-heal Wolverine style, has impressed even the most jaded scientists.

Read news article