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Featured Activity: Humans vs. Wild Animals

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Humans and wild animals have a lot more in common than you might think; after all, humans are animals too! As scientists continue to study our wild friends, they are finding more and more commonalities between wild animals and us. Many of the traits that we used to think set us apart from other species are being observed in birds, cetaceans, apes and elephants. Did you know that chimpanzees can use sign language, dolphins can teach each other tricks and elephants can recognize their own reflection in a mirror?

But when it comes to physical traits, there are areas where wild animals and humans differ. Wild animals have humans beat when it comes to flying, lifespan and speed. Cheetahs are the fasted moving land animal, reaching speeds of 120km per hour. The longest living animal is a quahog clam, which can live over 400 years. And not only can eagles fly without an aircraft, but their vision is 8 times sharper than a human's. However, the animal with the best long-distance running ability is the human!

What other traits can you compare humans to wild animals with and why do you think specific traits evolved? Check out our feature activity, Humans vs. Wild Animals and put your ideas and imagination to the test.

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Bubble Recipes

Ever wonder why Science World’s bubbles are thicker, bouncier and more amazing than the rest? It isn’t a secret; it’s science! Check out our very own bubble recipes.

All-Purpose Bubble Solution

This solution is great for most bubble tricks, activities, and experiments. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo produces much better bubbles than any of the dish detergents we tried. Mix the ingredients gently and let the solution stand for a couple of hours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part water to 1 part Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • glycerine*
     

Bouncy Bubble Solution

You can bounce these bubbles off your clothes! Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water. Add the shampoo and glycerine. Stir gently. This solution will gel as it cools. Reheat it carefully in the microwave (about two minutes).

Ingredients:

  • 1 package unflavoured gelatin (e.g. Knox brand)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) hot water (just boiled)
  • 50–70 ml glycerine*
  • 250 ml Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
     

Thick Bubble Solution

This goopy solution makes bubbles strong enough to withstand a puff of air. When you make a bubble with this solution, try puffing at it to make a bubble inside a bubble.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 to 3 parts Johnson’s baby shampoo to 1 part water
  • glycerine
     

What does the glycerine do?

Glycerine helps soap bubbles hold water, so that they last longer. It’s very helpful if you’re doing bubble tricks, but less important if you’re mixing up a bucket of bubble solution for preschoolers to mess about with. Most pharmacies carry glycerine. You’ll only need a small bottle—try 1–3 teaspoons for about a litre of bubble solution.

 

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