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African Technology Prize Awarded

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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

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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

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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. . . .

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New Website Lets Users See the Universe

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Space tourism is in the news. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, recently announced the creation of Blue Origin, a company he says will take tourists into space by 2018. Virgin Galactic, under the leadership of Sir Richard Branson, is testing SpaceShip Two, a private spacecraft that, when full, can carry two pilots and six passengers. In Asia, two companies, PD Aerospace in Japan and …

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Modern Diseases, Old Remedies

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Bald’s Leechbook is a English medical book from the ninth century. It was written at the height of the Dark Ages. This was a period of history where much knowledge was based in superstition instead of on facts and reason. The Leechbook gives readers a view into the medicine of the Dark Ages. For example, it suggests that mental illness and certain diseases are the work of . . .

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Norway Plans Shipping Tunnel

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Ships are important to Norway. This is because the country has one of the world’s longest coastlines. Many of these ships carry cargo, while others carry tourists who hope to see the country’s famous coastal scenery. Shipping is so vital to Norway’s economy that Norwegian authorities hope to make water travel safer with an unusual solution . . .

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The Color Blue and How We See It

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Mizu, which is also the Japanese word for water, is seen by Japanese speakers as a color completely independent of the color we call blue. The results of a study just published in the Journal of Vision showed that Japanese speakers consider mizu to be a color all its own. . . .

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Running Marathons: Health and History

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Marathons test runners’ health and endurance. When preparing for a marathon, athletes eat healthy foods, regularly run long distances, and give their bodies adequate rest.

However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases found that running a marathon can damage a runner’s body. . . .

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Exiting Europe

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In June 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom had an important decision to make: Should their country remain a member of the European Union (EU), or should it leave the EU behind? The British vote was big news across the EU. Before the vote, the German magazine Der Spiegel featured a British flag on its cover with the plea “Bitte Geht …

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Sound Tourism

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When people travel, they usually say it is to see new places, and when they return, people are likely to ask them what they saw. Travelers capture what they’ve seen with cameras or smartphones, so they can remember these sights later. Vision has always been a key part of traveling. For example, the English word visitor is based on the ancient Latin root word vis, …