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World’s Longest Animal Discovered

Are there UFOs in the sea? Scientists seem to think so, or it is how they describe their newest discovery off the Australian coast. Among 30 new marine species, one of the largest discovered was a siphonophore, which measured an astounding 150 feet.

Nerida Wilson, a senior research scientist at the Western Australia Museum, said, “It was just amazing to see this huge organism spread out like a spiral UFO, hovering in the water column. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”

The siphonophore species are deep-sea predators. They are made up of many small clones that act together as one. They spread out in the water like one long string and hunt together as one animal. Like jellyfish, the siphonophores dangle their stinging tentacles in the water to trap prey such as crustaceans and fish.

This newest discovery is the longest marine species, about twice as long as some blue whales.

Vietnam Feeds People with Rice ATMs

The Coronavirus pandemic has shut down businesses and made it hard for some people to make enough money to buy food. Volunteer groups and governments have stepped up to help. One country has a novel method to make sure its people have enough food. In Vietnam, citizens can now get free rice from ATM machines.

The country only has 265 Coronavirus cases reported, but Vietnam has been practicing strict social distancing. Businesses and other donors have set up machines, or ATMs, that will give rice for free in many cities.

In the city of Hanoi, people can fill bags of rice from a large water tank between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day. Social distancing is in place as people need to stand six feet from each other as well as using hand sanitizer before they get their rice.

In Hue, a central city in Vietnam, locals can get up to 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of free rice. Ho Chi Minh City has a rice dispenser that provides the food 24-hours a day. In Da Nang, there are two ATMs scheduled to be set up sometime this week.

Students Sabotage Study Apps

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of life over the last month. This affects kids as schools are closed. Schools and students have been forced to use other methods, such as online learning. Now, some young people are questioning whether they should have to do schoolwork during isolation. What is the balance of work and play in students’ lives today? Some students in China and America tried to sabotage education apps during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pupils in China started a campaign to spam an app called DingTalk, which is used for online schooling. Thousands of young people gave the app a one-star rating, hoping that the app would be removed.

While some of the complaints were about the app, many were about the lockdown. Some of the remarks were: “Feel the frustration of the ruined vacation,” “Bring our holidays back,” and “Imagine having to do homework while you’re possibly going to die from a disease.”

In America, students gave bad reviews of Google Classroom, an online school service. They hoped to have it removed from the app store. Most of the bad reviews centered around not wanting to do schoolwork during a pandemic shutdown.

Is doing too much work a real problem for kids these days, or is it important to keep studying in isolation?

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