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Singer Sets Record for Highest Note

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

We are fascinated by someone who can do something that most people cannot do. One area in which people can surpass their peers is in setting records for something that is the highest ever. Evan Ungar holds the record for the highest standing jump. In 2016, from a standing position, Ungar jumped 5.3 feet into the air. In 2014, Alan Eustace rode a gas balloon to …

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Delhi’s Pollution Crisis

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

People in Delhi, India’s capital, have had to cope with unusually high levels of air pollution this November. People tie scarves over their faces to filter the dirty air. Thick smog makes it difficult to see. The visibility has been so poor that in one morning alone, over 20 people were injured in car accidents on Delhi’s busy Yamuna Expressway. …

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Giving Young People the Right to Vote

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, American voters will go to the polls. Unlike the 2016 national election, this time, voters will not be asked to select a president or members of Congress. Voters in New Jersey and Virginia will have the opportunity to vote for their states’ governors. The cities of Cincinnati, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and St. Petersburg, Florida are …

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A Painful Legacy

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

David Eggen, the Education Minister of the Canadian province of Alberta, made an announcement on October 24, 2017. From now on, Alberta classrooms will provide a greater focus on Canada’s aboriginal, or native, people. The new curriculum will include a unit called Secret Path. It tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a native Ojibwa boy. Wenjack was 12 years old when he fled a Canadian …

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Artists Chosen to Paint Obamas’ Portraits

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

The Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery has announced that it has commissioned official portraits of former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. At the end of a presidency, the museum and the White House commission official portraits of both the president and his spouse. Two sets of portraits are commissioned. One is in the White House; the other remains in the National Portrait Gallery. . . .

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A Viking Warrior Revealed

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

In September, a team of scientists announced an unexpected discovery. The team had been examining the skeleton of a Viking warrior that was first discovered in 1880 in the Swedish town of Birka. Birka was an important Viking trading center. . . .

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Saving Books

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Each year, many students are assigned the book Fahrenheit 451. The book describes an imaginary United States in the future where books are illegal. People called Firemen are directed to burn any book they find. The title of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel refers to the temperature at which a book’s paper catches fire and burns: 451 degrees Fahrenheit (233 degrees Celsius). . . .

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People of the Standing Stone

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

On October 9, 2017, Columbus Day, the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will premiere the film “People of the Standing Stone.” The film, narrated by actor Kevin Costner, tells the story of the Oneida, a Native American nation that played an important role in American history. . . .

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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!

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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 …