Friday, 23 June 2017

Phelps to race a shark

Who: Michael Phelps.
When: Posted on the 20th of June 2017.
Where: ?
What: Michael Phelps (an Olympic swimmer) is going to race a Great White Shark and most likely going to lose, even with 23 gold Olympic medals. The race is going to be on Discovery Channel's Shark Week and they have only given out a few details about it. The fastest human swimmers can swim 6 miles per hour but a Great White Shark can swim 25 to 35 miles per hour. They also have 300 razor-sharp teeth.

My Opinion: I think he is crazy to be racing a Great White Shark and his family would probably be worried, especially because Great White Sharks can swim at least 19 miles faster than any human.

I Wonder: I wonder why Michael is doing this? I wonder if he isn't wanting to do this anymore? I wonder if he came up with the idea to race a shark?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

NZ supermarkets to be microbead free

Who: NZ supermarkets.
Where: New Zealand.
When:  New World, Pak'n Save and Four Square will start on July the 1st 2017.
Related imageWhat: The Government has decided that they will ban microbeads starting next year but New World, Pak'n Save and Four Square have decided that they will get rid of microbeads by the 1st of July. The beads are used in skin care products and toothpaste, are killing marine life. A single tube of face wash with microbeads in it has over 300,000 beads. Most get washed down the drain and animals end up eating them and get poisoned. They will be getting rid of microbeads completely by next year.
Why: Because they are killing marine life.

My Opinion: I think it is sad that animals are dying because of microbeads but i'm glad that people are doing something about it. I wonder if companies will replace microbeads with something else? I wonder if people will still use them?

Friday, 9 June 2017

Kiwis aim to stop chocolate being made overseas

Who: Some NZ companies.
Where: New Zealand.
When: Posted on the 7th of June 2017.
What: Some New Zealand companies have put in bids to stop some of Cadbury's chocolates (like Jaffas and Pineapple lumps) from coming overseas. Jaffas and Pineapple lumps are made in Cadbury's Dunedin factory that is likely going to close in 2018. There is a contract that companies can sign if they want to make chocolate but the deadline was last week but no one signed it.

My Opinion: I hope more factories are going to start making chocolate in New Zealand.

I Wonder: I wonder if the Dunedin chocolate factory will close down? I wonder if they will make another contract? I wonder why they don't want chocolate being made overseas delivered to us?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

NASA plans to 'touch the sun' by aiming a spacecraft straight at it.

Who: NASA.
Where: In space by the sun.
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun.
When: They are getting ready for it but they are going to launch the spacecraft next year.
What: NASA are creating a spacecraft (they are going to call it Parker Solar Probe) that will be launched next year and it is going to fly within six million kilometres of the suns surface. If NASA succeeds it will be the closest that anything has been to the sun. The material that they are using has only just been invented because it needs to be really heatproof.

My Opinion: I think that is really cool and it will take a long time to build. I wonder if the spacecraft will get closer to the sun than NASA estimated? I wonder if it will come back and be reused or if it will self destruct? 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Ring bought for $18 at car-boot sale expected to fetch $656,000 at auction.

Who: A large diamond ring.
The 26 carat diamond is believed to have been cut in the 19th century, but no-one knows how it got to the car-boot sale.Where: At a car boot sale.
When: It was bought 30 years ago and now the owner is selling it at an auction in July.
Why: They thought it was a piece of costume jewellery
What: A 26.27 carat white diamond somehow ended up in a car boot sale and was sold for $18. The ring was worth $650,000 but the owner thought it was a piece of costume jewellery. People thought it was fake because in the 19 century, stones were not cut like the diamond was. Now the owner
is going to sell it at an auction.

My Opinion: I think that is pretty cool. I wonder what the final bid will be? I wonder what the next owner will do with it? I wonder how it got cut that shape? I wonder if the previous owners knew was 26.27 carat
white diamond?

Friday, 19 May 2017

Pacific Island covered in plastic

Who: Scientists.
Where: Henderson Island in South Pacific.
When: Posted on the 18th of May.
What: Scientists have found what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world! They found nearly 38 million pieces of plastic and each day 17 to 268 pieces of plastic wash up onto the island within 10 metres. Approximately 68 percent of the plastic is buried less than 10 centimetres.
How: Currents have taken the plastic to Henderson Island.

My Opinion: I think that is really bad and I think people should stop dumping rubbish wherever they are.

I Wonder: I wonder when they are going to pick up the rubbish? I wonder how long it will take to pick up the rubbish? I wonder how many people are going to help pock up the rubbish?

Thursday, 11 May 2017

4.6 billion year old meteorite for sale

Who: People who are interested in space.
Where: Christie's auction house in New York.
When: It started on May the 3rd and ended on the 10th.
What: Christie's auction house is selling a 4.6 billion year old meteorite online. Bidding for the meteorite started at $20,000. The meteorite is a piece of the famous Allende meteorite which exploded over the Mexican state of Chihuahua in 1969.

My Opinion: I think that is really cool that they are selling a 4.6 billion year old meteorite. I wonder how big it is? I wonder how much the final bid was?