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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

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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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Artists Chosen to Paint Obamas’ Portraits

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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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Study Finds Connection Between Football and Brain Injuries

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  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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Somalia’s New President

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In February, people around the world celebrated the victory of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo Mohamed, when he was elected president of the East African country of Somalia. Known by the nickname Farmaajo, Mohamed ran on the campaign slogan Dalka Danta Dadka, which means “The Land, The Needs, the People” in the Somali language. Somalis living both in Somalia and as refugees in …

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Celebrating Colo

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Animal lovers are mourning the loss of Colo, the first gorilla to ever be born in a zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where Colo lived her entire life, announced on January 17 that she had died in her sleep. It was less than a month after Colo celebrated her 60th birthday. Colo—whose name is short for Columbus, Ohio, her …

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A Victory at Standing Rock

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Mni wiconi are words from the Native American Lakota language meaning water is life. They have been the rallying cry of protesters who have been assembled since August at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. The protesters stood with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe members who were unhappy that an oil pipeline would be built so close to their reservation. On December 4, protesters shouted “Mni wiconi” in celebration when they learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not permit the pipeline to travel through their ancestral lands. . . .