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Feminism: The Word of the Year

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Syzygy? Dotard? Recuse? Do you know what these words mean? If not, you are not alone. These are three of the top ten words people looked up on Merriam-Webster Dictionary website in 2017. The most searched for word on Merriam-Webster’s site for 2017 is feminism. It made it to the top of the list after it was looked-up 70 percent more often …

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Keeping Wild Animals Safe

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

No doubt about it: animals are among the Internet’s biggest attractions. A study published earlier this year found that people who own dogs either post pictures or talk about their dogs online six times per week. In addition, one out of ten dog owners has a social media account devoted just to their favorite pooch. Dogs share this spotlight with …

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A Scary Holiday Legend Returns

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

  According to tradition, children are rewarded for good behavior on the Christian holiday of Christmas. Boys and girls who have been nice instead of naughty can look forward to receiving gifts delivered by Santa Claus or St. Nicholas. The naughty ones will receive no gifts at all, or worse, a lump of coal. According to one German legend, naughty children …

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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). . . .