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Lichens Everywhere!

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Although we don’t often stop to notice them, lichens are nearly everywhere on Earth. Lichens are very hardy. They can survive extreme environments that are too harsh for other organisms. As a result, lichens live on every continent, even frosty Antarctica. In addition, they are the dominant organism on about eight percent of Earth’s surface. Worldwide, there are about 15,000 species of lichens. Lichens grow on …

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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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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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Detective Investigates an Ancient Mystery

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Detective Inspector Alexander Horn had a real mystery on his hands. A body was found high in the mountains. The victim was wounded in his back. He was about 45 years old, five and a half feet tall, and weighed 110 pounds. He had long brown hair and brown eyes. The Detective Inspector knew the time and place of the crime. However, everyone …

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African Technology Prize Awarded

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Technology wizard Ruth Njeri Waiganjo used her computer knowledge to develop a mobile phone app that will make driving safer. Her app is called Safe Driver. It is designed to help people to better identify unsafe drivers, as well as to alert drivers to traffic jams on the road ahead. Because of her work on Safe Driver, Waiganjo was named …

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Japan House Opens in Brazil

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

The Japanese government chose São Paulo as the location of the first Japan House because this Brazilian city has 1.5 million people of Japanese ancestry living there. In fact, this South American city of over 12 millions people has the largest Japanese community in the world outside of Japan itself. . . .

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Citizen Science

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

While many science discoveries are the result of work by people trained as professional scientists, some important discoveries are the result of work by people who have no training in science. . . .