When you hear the name “Hershey,” you probably think of chocolate bars. Milton Hershey is famous for making them in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This weekend, more than 100 Hershey descendants visited the town named after him. But they weren’t celebrating chocolate. They were celebrating this: Three hundred years ago, their ancestors settled in America.
During the celebration, the Hersheys visited two very important graves. The graves belong to Michael and Mary. They were the last two Conestoga Indians. The rest of their peaceful tribe was killed in two Pennsylvania massacres in 1763. Christian Hershey was a reverend in the Mennonite church then. He hid Michael and Mary in his basement for nearly a year. He protected them. He saved their lives. The Hershey family still wants to honor the lost Indian tribe.
(AP Photo: Two Indians from the Munsee and Seneca peoples sing the friendship dance during the Hershey family gathering.)
Welcome to the zoo, Ska!
“Ska” is the Native American word for white. And that’s just what this little bison is. His white fur comes from recessive genes. But he isn’t albino. He doesn’t have pink eyes.
Ska joined the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota, this month. He shares his new home with three other bison: Corso, a male, and two female bison named Leotie and Aiyana. Bison are the largest mammals in North America. You can tell how they’re feeling by looking at their tails. A bison with its tail hanging down is probably calm. But if its tail is standing straight up, it might be ready to charge!
Bison wallow, or roll in the dirt, to keep biting flies away. So if Ska looks a little less than white, that’s why. A good rain will wash him right up.
(AP Photo: Ska, a rare white bison)
Hundreds of these mute swans live in New York City all year long. They’re called “mute” because they make a lot less noise than other kinds of swans. Most swans have black bills. Mute swans have orange ones. They hold their necks in graceful S-curves. They glide across city ponds with their gray ducklings trailing behind. Joggers and boaters love to watch them—until the swans attack!
Yep, these swans look peaceful. But they are very aggressive. They attack other water birds and people who get too close to their nests. That’s not the only reason they’re a nuisance. They also eat everybody else’s food! Mute swans love to feast on water plants. Other water birds and fish are left hungry.
Many people want to wipe out the troublesome birds. Mute swans are invasive. They don’t belong in New York. (Another kind of swan, the trumpeter swan, does.) But others say the beautiful birds should stay. They just can’t agree!
(AP Photo: An adult mute swan and several young mute swans swim in Brooklyn's Prospect Park in New York.)
On Sunday, six astronauts returned from Mars! Well, kind of.
Actually, they weren’t real astronauts. They were test subjects. And they weren’t really on Mars. They lived for eight months in a Mars-like habitat on a volcano in Hawaii.
NASA hired the crew to test how people would get along if they actually took a trip to Mars. Their home was a small dome. They wore sensors that kept track of their moods. The sensors could tell when people argued.
Four experiments like this have already been done before. Scientists have learned that conflicts will happen even in the best teams. Officials at NASA hope to send people to Mars by the 2030s. They are learning that the best space travelers will be able to make peace after they have disagreements.
The team members ate mostly freeze-dried and canned food in their habitat, just like they would have in space. When they left their “Mars” home, they had a feast of fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, vegetables, and fluffy eggs.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. ― Romans 12:18
(AP Photo: Crew members come out of their habitat on September 17.)
Cleanup on aisle 12!
People in Tipton, Indiana, noticed something strange last Tuesday. Cicero Creek had turned white! Milk from a food processing business had spilled into the water—300 gallons at the most.
But there was no use crying over spilled milk. Crews put hay bales in the water. The hay worked like a filter. Milk is heavier than water, so it sunk to the bottom of the creek. The bales caught the milk while the water kept flowing above. A cleanup company also removed about 14,000 gallons of milky water from the creek.
In the Old Testament, God promised a wonderful new home to His people living in slavery in Egypt. He said the land would be “flowing with milk and honey.” But milk didn’t really flow through the land! God meant the land would be fruitful and that His people would have everything they needed.
(AP Photo: The accidental milk spill in Tipton, Indiana)
Reindeer hunters in Lesja, Norway, stop on a mountaintop. They see something. But it isn’t a reindeer. They’ve spied a piece of metal sticking out between two rocks. What could it be?
An archaeologist says the hunters found a Viking sword. Vikings lived in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden about 1,000 years ago. They built fast boats and were famous raiders (pirates). The sword may have belonged to a Viking who got stuck in a blizzard on the mountain. The dry, cold weather there helped the sword last. The sword is made of very good iron too. It may have been on the mountain since 850 A.D.!
(AP Photo: An ancient Viking sword, believed to date from about 850-950 A.D.)
You might live in Nebraska, if . . . a butterfly just hit your car windshield.
Lots of rain fell this year in California. Plants grew like crazy there. Butterflies did too. The butterflies spent the summer in cooler places like Canada. But now winter is coming. They travel south through Nebraska. Gardens in Nebraska normally have just a couple dozen butterfly visitors. This year, they have hundreds!
Jonathan Larson is an entomologist (bug scientist) in Nebraska. He tells the Omaha World-Herald this: Nebraskans will see the butterflies clustered around purple and pink flowers. The butterflies will also show up sucking water from puddles. The puddles hold minerals butterflies need to live.
The butterfly boom is good news for gardeners. The pollen they spread will make more plants grow next year.
(AP Photo: Painted lady butterflies on sedum plants in in Lincoln, Nebraska)
A large truck moves down the street in Oaxaca state, Mexico. Soldiers ride on board with lots of food and water. Come and get it!
A terrible earthquake hit Mexico last Thursday. As far as we know, it was one of the biggest ever to strike there. People dragged mattresses out of their crumbling houses. They slept in the streets. But they didn’t get much rest. They were worried aftershocks would shake the land again. The next day, a hurricane struck Mexico too. What a week!
The people of Mexico needed food, water, and shelter. Volunteers came to the rescue. The military also served people a breakfast of eggs and beans before they set off to repair their homes.
What kinds of food does your family pile up when a big storm or disaster is coming? Do you rush to the grocery store for milk, bread, and eggs? In Mexico, soldiers pass out beans, corn flour, rice, powdered milk, tuna, hot chocolate, and jalapeno peppers.
(AP Photo: Soldiers ride on a truck carrying bagged water in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico.)
Cheetahs, take cover!
Rain and wind from Hurricane Irma batter the land. People leave their homes for safety. But they aren’t the only ones who need shelter. Animals do too.
Many animals live in Cuba, Florida, and other places affected by Irma. They can’t protect themselves from wild weather. People have to decide: Is it safe to move the animals? Or should they leave them where they are?
Flamingos at Zoo Miami hide in a strong cage while the storm hits. Brave pet sitters wait out the storm—with houses full of other people’s dogs. People carry dolphins in Cuba to safer waters. To make their helicopter rides more comfy, they cover the dolphins with wet cloths—and give them head massages!
(AP Photo: Jennifer Nelson, senior keeper at Zoo Miami, leads a cheetah named Koda to a hurricane resistant structure within the zoo.)
Plug your nose and take a big bite. Say over and over to yourself, “Tastes like beef. Tastes like beef. Tastes like beef.”
The burger patty you’re biting is made of rice, chopped vegetables, and spices. Oh wait, there’s one more ingredient—mealworm larvae. That’s right. You’re eating baby bugs on a bun!
In May, the law in Switzerland changed. Now it is legal there to sell three types of insects: mealworm larvae, house crickets, and migratory locusts. A Swiss supermarket called Coop just released the new bug burgers.
Some people think more humans should eat bugs. Bugs have lots of protein and minerals. Compared to other animals, it takes less land and money to farm them.
People in Europe are used to eating steak, sausage, chicken, and fish. But officials at Coop say the insect products have been flying off the shelves. (Not literally, we hope!)
(AP Photo: Insect burgers in Zurich, Switzerland)
Have you headed back to school yet? Imagine this. You show up at school and find out there is a future king in your class!
Prince George is four years old. His grandmother Elizabeth is the queen of England. His father, Prince William, took him to his first day of school on Thursday. His mom, Princess Kate, is expecting another baby. She felt too sick to come.
George’s family wants him to have a life like normal kids. That can be tricky when you’re famous at four years old! Instead of letting reporters crowd around George on his first day, his family arranged to have their own photos taken and released to the public.
(AP Photo: Prince William accompanies Prince George as he is met by an official at Thomas's Battersea School in South London.)
A huge cloud of dust rises into the sky. Men, women, and children scramble to receive food from charities. As they herd their rail-thin cattle, they look up to the sky. No rain. They have been waiting for it for three whole years!
These people live in a southern part of Ethiopia called Danan. In other parts of the country, the economy is growing. People sell coffee and vegetables. They mine for gold. But many of the people of Danan spend their lives following herds of animals as they graze. They rely on the animals for food, transportation, and money. Half of their cattle have died in the three-year drought.
People send food to help. But it is not enough. The people of Danan are suffering. They need a good farming solution that will help the worn-out land come back to life. And they need rain from God. You can ask God for that. Praying isn’t the least you can do. It’s the most you can do!
My God will hear me. ― Micah 7:7
(AP Photo: A child cares for his hungry calf in Danan, Ethiopia.)
Astronaut Peggy Whitson slides on a pair of dark glasses in the bright Sun. A medical worker takes her pulse. Someone brings her a bouquet of flowers and a note that says, “Welcome back, Peggy.” Ms. Whitson just broke a record. She has spent 665 days off the planet! No other American has ever lived in space for that long.
Ms. Whitson and two other astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Sunday. She is 57, the world's oldest spacewoman. She has done 10 spacewalks—more than any female astronaut. She is also the only woman who has commanded the International Space Station twice.
What would you miss if you spent months and months in space? Ms. Whitson says she missed pizza.
(AP Photo: U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson smiles after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.)
Endangered yellow-legged frogs in California are getting a plane ride to the zoo.
Scientists scoop up the frogs from ponds. They deliver them to zoos, where the frogs get a vaccine against a killer fungus.
We know from reading history that yellow-legged frogs used to thrive. People couldn’t walk on the shores of lakes and ponds without stepping on them! But then an invasive fish species started eating the tadpoles. After that, the chytrid fungus started infecting the frogs. Frogs infected by chytrid grow skin that’s too thick. They can’t breathe well. They become dehydrated.
Frog vaccines work the same way people vaccines do. Frogs are exposed to a little bit of fungus, but not too much. So far, about 385 frogs have been treated at the zoos and returned to their homes after two years. They are healthy.
Will the vaccine give them a better shot at survival? For now it’s just an experiment. It will take years to find out for sure.
(AP Photo: A researcher inspects a mountain yellow-legged frog caught in a pond near in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.)
Authorities in India sent out instructions: “Heavy rain is coming. Stay home from school!” Indian people could have used this warning a few days ago. The roads are already waist-deep in water!
You have probably heard a lot about floods in the last week. Hurricane Harvey dumped heavy rain on Houston, Texas. On the other side of the world, another huge city got soaked too: Mumbai, India. Indian farmers watched as their lentil fields disappeared underwater. An apartment building collapsed. People didn’t know where to go to escape the rising floods.
Experts say Indian officials need to do more to keep people safe. Indian cities need new drainage systems. Normally, lakes, ponds, and open spaces soak up extra rain. But Indian cities have few of these. People keep constructing buildings in their place. They farm all year, which clogs canals. They cut down forests, which makes soil wash away. No soil means no rainwater gets sucked up.
People in Texas have never seen a flood like this one. But people in India see them often. They need wise leaders who will design their cities well.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. ― Proverbs 11:14
(AP Photo: Schoolchildren wade through the street in Mumbai, India.)
Would you like a spoonful of famous honey from the Middle East? Many people around the world would. Some people pay $120 for just two cups of it!
The Middle Eastern country of Yemen is famous for its thick, golden honey. People in nearby countries think of it as a delicious and natural way to stay healthy.
But now the honey is very hard to get. Yemen is having a terrible civil war. Many people have died. Airports and seaports have closed. Honey-makers cannot get their liquid gold to market. That means no Yemeni honey for us—and no money for them.
He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. ― Isaiah 25:8
(AP Photo: A Yemeni beekeeper at his bee farm in the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen)
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