This video is about the history of the English alphabet and why it is how it is today.
An Insight I had was the Greek alphabet and the English alphabet sound similar, not just because of the first letter of the English translation is also similar. To me, the actual letters sound quite similar too.
A question I have is why is the English language so similar to so many other languages? English has words that are based off Latin words and Greek words and I’m sure we borrowed words from all over the place!
The first fact I found is The Phoenicians are ancient humans and they lived here in the Mediterranean around 3500 years ago.
Also The ancestors I mentioned before had an alphabet that similar to the one we have today.
Finally, When the Greek started using the Phoenician’s alphabet many, many years ago they added in the vowels.
Another question I had (even if it’s not really part of the BtN!) is why a “Y” sometimes counted as a vowel but sometimes not? It gets quite confusing in class in the younger grades when you have to name the vowels and things like that!
This video is about the new design in space suits created by Elon Musk (who is the founder of a company called SpaceX) and what they need to be able to be reliable and durable to last in outer space.
An insight I had was it must be so heavy (on earth because it’s weightless in space) to be wearing these incredible suits. I can’t in a million years imagine what it would be like wearing up to 80 kilograms, I thought our school bags were heavy!
A question I had about this video was why would they spend all their time and money to make all the suits look better when they could just make them more strong and effective? I mean they’re floating in space, all the other humans are on earth! What I thought the answer was, was that maybe they wanted to have some fun with the situation of going into space.
Another question I had was what do they make the spacesuits out of? Because they are very complicated and heavy as I said before.
The three facts that I found in the video (below) were about all the different requirements that the spacesuits would need because there were (in my opinion) a lot. To start they have to protect astronauts from extreme heat and cold. So the spacesuits come with built in air conditioning and heating.
Also the spacesuits come with built adult nappies for obvious reasons.
They clearly air supply and a gold visor provides eye protection from the radiation in space.
This video was about the 20th anniversary for the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and how many people love the series.
The fact that the first Harry Potter book has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide isn’t really surprising for me personally considering it’s now it’s the bestselling book series of all time. I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter but I didn’t realize so many other people did too!
It has been translated into 73 different languages which seems like would be it a lot of different languages to try and translate it into. Let alone translating all 76,944 words that are in only the first book!
Finally, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s as it is called in America) Stone came out in 1997. Which is 20 years ago.
Something very interesting is that the same day and month that the first Harry Potter book was published is my birthday!
Something I’m wondering is did and if so how much did the story change when it was translated into so many languages?
I also wonder how many copies Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (my favorite book!) have been made/sold since it was released?
This Behind the News video was about dogs (pets) that were originally from colder climates that are in Australia to race against other dogs while pulling a human along on a scooter.
I have a lot of prior knowledge for this topic as I have a pet Siberian Husky. I can imagine trying to race her and she would be so excited she would go insane! I’m guessing these dogs have had some training done to prevent what my dog would do. I also know that it is very hard to train Siberian Huskies because they are very stubborn and I think that’s the same for other sled dogs too.
The person riding the dog is called the “Musher” because MUSH! is what Eskimo’s yell to the snow dogs to get them running or in most cases to pull sleds that often carry the people and their supplies. The Eskimos used these dogs almost like camels were used in the Arabian desert just in the snow.
Some people can chose to race with up to six dogs depending on how the dogs were trained and how confident the rider is with them.
The dogs are often Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes and in this particular race they race against each other in the Australian outback. These aren’t the places/climates the dogs are used to but they are trained to still run as best as they can.
I must be very scary to just let your crazy dog pull you around through puddles and forests without you have very much control at all of what’s going on.
Somethings I’m wondering about is do they have separate races for the different breeds of dog? And how do they possibly train there dogs to be that well behaved?!
This BtN was explaining how the internet works and how its accessed by many countries. The internet is made of cables and these cables are about as thick as a can of soft drink. They’re either buried in shallow areas of the ocean or are under water up to 8-thousand metres deep. The wires carry fibre optic cables that allow internet data to travel from one place to another. The person who helped the internet become how it is today was Tim Berners-Lee. In 1989, he created a system used for sharing information on the internet which he named the World Wide Web. Today, around 3.2 billion people around the world use the internet. An insight I had was that the internet is made of lots of cables that connect countries to the sever. Two questions I have are in the past have sea creatures ever broken the internet cables before? And how do the fibre optic cables transport so much information?
This btn was about how Australians waste a lot of unwanted clothes by putting it in land fill. Three facts I learned were that Australians buy about 27 kilos worth of clothes each year. 85% of unwanted clothes end up in landfill. Clothes that are in landfill which are made of polyester can take about 200 years to turn to soil. An insight I had was People like to buy new clothes because of the season or trend. Two questions I have are I wonder how many people know it’s bad for the environment? And why is Australia the second biggest fabric consumer in the world?
This video was about the battle of the coral sea and how Australia fought with the help of America against Japan. Three facts I learned were that in May 1942, hundreds of American troops joined Australia’s and went to sea to fight against Japan which is when the battle of the coral sea began. Japan’s plan was to take control over the whole Pacific region including Australia. The USA is more than 8000 miles or about 1300 km away from Australia.An insight I had was that many people believe the Battle of the Coral Sea saved Australia from invasion. Two questions I still have is Why did Japan want to take over Australia? And Why did america decide to help and get along well with Australia?
This BtN was about he United Nations’ World happiness rank and how Norway came first. Three facts I learned were that the people of Norway eat more than 20 million frozen pizzas a year. Norway won the world’s happiest country and Australia came 9th.One insight I had was that lots of different things make different people happy.Two questions I had was why do Norwegians like frozen pizzas so much? And why is New Zealand more happy than us?
Three facts I learnt were that On April 12, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to make it into space. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to step onto the lunar surface. And there are hundreds of Satellites that orbit earth. Two understandings I had were that human love exploring space and it must be expensive to go to space. Something I’m wondering is when will humans live on Mars?
Three facts I learnt were that right now, there are only 250-300 Cross River gorillas and 750-800 Mountain gorillas left on our planet. Around 20 million unused or broken phones or devices are lying around in Australia’s drawers and cupboards. Two understandings I had were that It’s good they are trying to protect the gorillas and people should appreciate what the gorilla girls are doing. Something I’m wondering is where else do gorillas live?