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Ancient Buildings Still Standing

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  Even though they are hundreds of years old, ancient Roman buildings remain some of the most famous and recognizable in the world. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy’s capital, is still the largest amphitheater ever built. When it was completed in 80 CE, it could hold anywhere between 50,000-80,000 people. Rome’s Pantheon was so well built that it is still in …

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Crisis in El Salvador

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El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Central America. It is also the smallest. A total of 6.3 million people live in an area of 8,000 square miles. In land area, it is a little bit larger than the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The country has a GDP per capita per year of $8,900. In comparison, the United …

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Happy Birthday, New Orleans!

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In 1831, the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States. The book which resulted from his nine-month journey through the young country, Democracy in America, is still read today. Although Tocqueville’s main goal was to describe America’s democratic system of government, he also had much to say about the places he visited. One of those places was New …

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People and Snakes

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  Ophidiophobia is the abnormal fear of snakes. Ophidio- comes from the Ancient Greek word ophis, meaning snake. A phobia is when someone has an extreme, strong fear of something—especially when the fear is irrational. Like any phobia, ophidiophobia, is not a simple dislike or even some unease. About 50 percent of people get anxious around snakes. This is still not …

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South Koreans Criticize Family-Run Businesses

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It started with a bag of nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, also known by the English name Heather Cho, was an executive with Korean Air Lines. In December 2014 Cho was flying from New York City to South Korea. Cho, while sitting in the plane’s first-class section, was served a bag of nuts. Cho flew into a rage because the nuts had …

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Math Detectives

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  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

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  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

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  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

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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

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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 …