Hi, there. I’m Dr. Universe. Wendy Sue Universe, that is.
Ever since I was a kitten, I’ve been digging in the dirt, gazing at the stars, exploring new places, and searching for answers to all kinds of questions about our world.
Still, some people are surprised when they discover I’m a scientist. After all, it’s not every day you meet a cat in a lab coat.
When bees make hexagons in their hives, the six-sided shapes fit together perfectly. In fact, we’ve actually never seen bees make any other shape. That’s what I found out when I visited my friend Sue Cobey, a bee researcher at Washington State University.
When I got your question, I met up with my friend Hans Van Dongen, a scientist at Washington State University in Spokane. He works in a research lab where they study sleep. As a cat who appreciates naps, it’s one of my favorite places to visit.
He explained that while yawning is common for lots of animals, we still don’t know why it happens. We do know that once you start a yawn, there’s no stopping it. And as you’ve observed, yawns can be quite contagious.
Well, we don’t know for certain. Looking up to the stars at night, I’ve often wondered if alien cats are out chasing alien mice or taking naps on other planets.
My imagination aside, your questions are like those scientists are asking, too. And it’s no wonder we are so curious.
Something new is in the works…
…here at Ask Dr. Universe headquarters. Can you guess what it is?
In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to Dr. Universe’s Monday Cat Mail. I’m always cookin’ up fresh science stories and ideas. Stay tuned, friends.