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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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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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Techno: Detroit’s Musical Export to the World

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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

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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!

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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 …

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Searching the Web

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The English language is always changing. One area in which it changes especially quickly is computer science. Because of recent advances in computer technology, some now familiar words might have been meaningless not long ago. One of these words is the verb google. Lots and Lots of Information Google means to look for information online using a search engine. At first it meant looking …

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Many Words for Snow?

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If you ask people what they picture when they hear the word winter, the word snow is likely to be a common answer. Like rain, snow is a type of precipitation. However, while rain falls as liquid water, snow falls as ice crystals. If you live in Buffalo, New York, you can expect about eight feet of snow to fall over the course …

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Feminism: The Word of the Year

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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

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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 …