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Lichens Everywhere!

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Although we don’t often stop to notice them, lichens are nearly everywhere on Earth. Lichens are very hardy. They can survive extreme environments that are too harsh for other organisms. As a result, lichens live on every continent, even frosty Antarctica. In addition, they are the dominant organism on about eight percent of Earth’s surface. Worldwide, there are about 15,000 species of lichens. Lichens grow on …

Thank You, Cassini!

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Cassini, the NASA spacecraft which has been orbiting the planet Saturn since 2004, is about to end its mission. Launched in 1997, Cassini has greatly increased scientists’ knowledge of the giant ringed planet, sending both information and breathtaking photographs which have won the robotic space traveler many fans. On September 15, 2017, Cassini will end its mission. The 5,000 pound …

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Georgia Peaches

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Like people, states can have nicknames. These names can tell us something about that state. Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State after the famous geological wonder located in the northern part of the state. Louisiana is nicknamed the Pelican State because of the large number of brown pelicans who call it home. New Hampshire is nicknamed the Granite State for …

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People Helping Bats and Bats Helping People

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

People find bats to be strange. Like other mammals, bats nurse their young, yet they don’t walk on four legs. Bats fly like birds, yet they don’t have feathers. The fact that bats are seen only at night and roost in dark places, like caves, tunnels, and old buildings, adds to their mystery. Bat Legends People around the world tell stories and legends …

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Musicians Speaking Up

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Musicians in the Ogoniland region of the African country of Nigeria are speaking up. Years of oil drilling in the delta of the Niger River have taken a toll on both the land and the people. “The environmental restoration of Ogoniland could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil clean-up exercise ever undertaken,” concluded a 2011 study …

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Study Finds Connection Between Football and Brain Injuries

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

  In order to stay healthy, people need to stay active. Exercise helps us by fighting disease, keeping us happy, and helping us sleep better. Many people exercise by participating in sports. However, many people who participate in a sport will experience injuries from time to time. Runners may sprain their ankles during a track meet, or baseball players may scrape their arms while diving …

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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. . . .