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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. . . .

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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. . . .

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New Website Lets Users See the Universe

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

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

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

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

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

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

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

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

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

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. . . .