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Math Detectives

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

  Ted Hill is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. However, he seemed to be doing magic, not math. Hill gave his students an assignment. They were either to flip a coin 200 times and record the results, or they could simply pretend to flip a coin and create 200 fake results. To their surprise, Hill could usually tell …

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Teen Receives Award for Courageous Rescue

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

  Thirteen-year-old Virgil Smith received a Citizen Honors Young Hero Award in March for his heroic actions in saving people during Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was a dangerous storm which struck the coast of Texas last August. However, while rain and thunder raged outside his family’s apartment, Smith had other matters on his mind. The teenager was competing against his friend …

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A Singer Calms a Frustrated City

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

  Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. King had been an important figure in the American civil rights movement. His violent death stood in stark contrast to his philosophy of nonviolence. Instead of using physical force to further African American rights, King advocated peaceful means. “Nonviolent resistance,” King wrote, …

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Preparing for Space Travel

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Motion sickness isn’t fun. When traveling in a car, airplane, or boat, it can start suddenly. At first you might feel queasy and start sweating. These sensations can then lead to stronger symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Ancient Greek sailors recognized the connection between sea travel and motion sickness. The English words nautical and nausea share the same …

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Resolving Conflict

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

On Wednesday, March 14, many students around the United States gathered in protest. Thousands were protesting what many see as a troublesome rise of gun-related violence. Many young people feel that political leaders are not doing enough to address this problem. Since young people often look to adults to help resolve conflicts, it can be confusing when adults seem to …

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The World’s Busiest Airport

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport. In fact, it has been ranked the busiest airport in the world since 1998. It serves about 275,000 passengers each day. Daily, there are about 2,700 airplane departures and arrivals. Each month, the airport handles about 54,000 metric tons of cargo and more than 60,000 metric tons of mail. The airport …

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U.S. Skater Makes Olympics History

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

This week, people around the world have been watching the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, is the site of this year’s games. Pyeongchang is a county located about 110 miles east of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The area’s motto is “Happy 700,” which refers to the fact that Pyeongchang is 700 meters (2,297 feet) above sea level. Because of …

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Techno: Detroit’s Musical Export to the World

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Techno is a style of electronic dance music pioneered by African American musicians in Detroit, Michigan. While techno never became a large commercial success in the United States, in Europe, this Detroit-born musical style became a multi-billion-dollar industry. Dance clubs in cities like Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Berlin became popular destinations for people who like to dance to techno’s electronic …

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Braving Russia’s Winter Roads

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Vladimir Kirillin is a truck driver. He has a very important job; he delivers oil to isolated villages and towns in remote Siberia. People rely on truckers like Vladimir Kirillin to survive the harsh Siberian winter. Siberia is a vast area in eastern Russia. Siberia makes up 80 percent of Russia’s land area, but only a quarter of Russia’s population lives …

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Happy Birthday, Fiona!

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Fiona the hippopotamus is an animal celebrity. On January 24, Fiona celebrated her first birthday at her home, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ohio. Her birthday party was watched by thousands of fans when it was broadcast on the social media site Facebook. Fiona came to the world’s attention in 2017, when she was born at the zoo …