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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. . . .

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Cats and People

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Are you are a dog person or a cat person?

Some people think you can know what a person is like based on whether they prefer dogs or cats. There are people who claim that dog owners are friendlier than cat owners. Others say that cat owners are smarter than dog owners.

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The Fourteenth Colony

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

Although the American Flag is colorful, it is more than a decoration. The flag symbolizes two facts about America. The flag has fifty white stars representing the fifty U.S. states. The thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen colonies that fought in the American Revolution. Today, it is well known that the country has fifty states, but if you asked someone …

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Rescue at Sea

In Maps101 by mapsbecky

The E.S. Newman was in trouble.

The large sailing vessel, a schooner, was traveling from Providence, Rhode Island, to Norfolk, Virginia, in October of 1896, when she was caught in a hurricane. Violent winds ripped the sails from her masts. The ship was blown 100 miles off course into an area off the coast of North Carolina called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The area earned that nickname because of the many of shipwrecks there. Now the E.S. Newman was stranded off of Pea Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. . . .