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Drones Saving Lives

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

If you’re feeling sick, relief can be as close as a visit to a school nurse, a family doctor, or a local hospital. Unfortunately, many people in the world may have a very hard time getting treatment when they’re sick. One reason is that some live too far away from the medical supplies they need. California-based engineer Keenan Wyrobek learned about …

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Robot Battles!

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

With their electronic voices, blinking lights, and metallic bodies, robots have been popular since first introduced. In fact, after Robbie the Robot was featured in the 1956 science fiction movie Forbidden Planet, he won so many fans that that he appeared in several more movies and television shows. And, with the popularity of the Star Wars series, the droids 3CPO, R2D2, and, most recently, BB8, …

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A Texas Fusion

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

A young musician arrived at radio station KFJZ in Fort Worth, Texas. He wore a cowboy hat, boots, and a tailored Western-style suit. It was 1930. The United States was experiencing an economic crisis called the Great Depression. Many people were unemployed. It was no surprise that Bob Wills came looking for work. . . .

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Cats and People

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Are you are a dog person or a cat person?

Some people think you can know what a person is like based on whether they prefer dogs or cats. There are people who claim that dog owners are friendlier than cat owners. Others say that cat owners are smarter than dog owners.

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The Fourteenth Colony

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Although the American Flag is colorful, it is more than a decoration. The flag symbolizes two facts about America. The flag has fifty white stars representing the fifty U.S. states. The thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen colonies that fought in the American Revolution. Today, it is well known that the country has fifty states, but if you asked someone …

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Rescue at Sea

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

The E.S. Newman was in trouble.

The large sailing vessel, a schooner, was traveling from Providence, Rhode Island, to Norfolk, Virginia, in October of 1896, when she was caught in a hurricane. Violent winds ripped the sails from her masts. The ship was blown 100 miles off course into an area off the coast of North Carolina called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The area earned that nickname because of the many of shipwrecks there. Now the E.S. Newman was stranded off of Pea Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. . . .

Detective Investigates an Ancient Mystery

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Detective Inspector Alexander Horn had a real mystery on his hands. A body was found high in the mountains. The victim was wounded in his back. He was about 45 years old, five and a half feet tall, and weighed 110 pounds. He had long brown hair and brown eyes. The Detective Inspector knew the time and place of the crime. However, everyone …

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African Technology Prize Awarded

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Technology wizard Ruth Njeri Waiganjo used her computer knowledge to develop a mobile phone app that will make driving safer. Her app is called Safe Driver. It is designed to help people to better identify unsafe drivers, as well as to alert drivers to traffic jams on the road ahead. Because of her work on Safe Driver, Waiganjo was named …

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Japan House Opens in Brazil

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

The Japanese government chose São Paulo as the location of the first Japan House because this Brazilian city has 1.5 million people of Japanese ancestry living there. In fact, this South American city of over 12 millions people has the largest Japanese community in the world outside of Japan itself. . . .

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Citizen Science

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

While many science discoveries are the result of work by people trained as professional scientists, some important discoveries are the result of work by people who have no training in science. . . .