Ep. 31 Sneezing Dogs, Record-Breaking Astronauts and Hurricanes | Twig Science Reporter

Ep. 31 Sneezing Dogs, Record-Breaking Astronauts and Hurricanes | Twig Science Reporter

September 23, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


On this week’s news update Hurricanes cause destruction
across the Caribbean and the USA. Scientists study
some unusual animal behavior And a record-breaking astronaut
returns to Earth. First up, Hurricane Irma
has been causing destruction across the Caribbean
and several states in the USA. It comes as people
in the state of Texas are still dealing with the damage
caused by Hurricane Harvey. But what are hurricanes? Hurricanes are powerful storms
with really strong winds that form over warm oceans. The winds spiral towards
the center of the storm, which is called the eye And when the hurricane hits land,
its force can be seen much more clearly. Weather scientists,
known as meteorologists, can use satellites
to track these storms – predicting where they will travel
and how strong they will get. Information like this
helps people to prepare and know when to take shelter
or leave their homes. Next up
when you have a cold Or when your nose is tickly You sneeze! But it seems that some animals
sneeze for a different reason. In Botswana,
in Africa, a team of zoologists discovered
that African wild dogs sometimes use sneezes
to communicate with each other. When the packs were deciding
whether to hunt for food, the dogs appeared to sneeze
to cast their vote Did you see that?
Here it is again. The more dogs that sneezed,
the more likely the packs were to set out to hunt. The number of African wild dogs
is falling, and it’s hoped the research
into this interesting behavior will raise awareness
of these animals. And finally, it’s Space Track. Three astronauts
have safely returned to Earth after completing their mission
aboard the International Space Station – the world’s only orbiting laboratory. They worked on hundreds
of scientific experiments, as well as carrying out spacewalks
to make repairs to the space station. Among the crew was Peggy Whitson,
who has officially broken the record for the most time spent in space
by a US astronaut! Including her other missions, Dr Whitson has spent a total of
six hundred sixty five days in space that’s almost two years! That’s all for this week.
We’ll see you next time!