Christmas around the globe Pt 2: Finland

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The Christmas traditions of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland) have their roots in old Viking festivities, who would celebrate the winter solstice (December 21st). The Fins also celebrated an ‘end of harvest’ festival in November called Kekri, which was incorporated into the holiday season when Christianity arrived in the 12th Century.

Christmas around the globe pt1: Russia

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With the holiday season fast approaching we look at the different ways that Christmas, a Christian religious holiday, is celebrated in different parts of the world. Christmas in Russia – Christmas was officially banned as a religious feast after the 1917 Revolution. The Russian Christmas is later than the traditional 25th December date, based on  the Russian Orthodox religious calendar which …

Save water in your Jeans

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Did you know that making a single pair of  jeans (yes the blue jeans that you wear to keep your legs warm) on average uses 42L or 11 gallons of water? Manufacturers wash the completed jeans  in huge machines, using dyes and abrasives to achieve different styles of finish and texture, and sometimes going through 10 washing cycles. Levi Strauss, …

Arab nations face major water crisis without changes.

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The Arab world is set for a water crisis within 5 years, according to the Arab Forum for Environment and Development. Rapid increases in population, and poor management of already scarce water could leave nations including Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, with massive water shortages by 2015. Climate change is expected to exacerbate the situation as rainfall decreases …

Fed tells Florida to clean up its rivers, but not just yet.

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The State of Florida has become the first to be subjected to tough new environmental standards set by the Federal Government. New Limits The Environmental Protection Agency has set strict limits for phosphorus and nitrogen levels in Florida’s lakes and rivers following repeated problems with toxic algae blooms caused by runoff from sewage processing plants, stormwater drainage and farming. Eutrophication …

New dinosaur species discovered in China

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Scientists working  in China have discovered the first complete skeleton of a new species of Sauropod, believed to be more than 200 million years old. Yizhousaurus sunae, as it is currently being titled, was a plant-eating dinosaur around 30 feet long, and exhibits many of the characteristics of the giant sauropods that came later. This has led researchers at Texas …

ICE 2010 Begins…

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Today begins the Indiana’s premier educational technology conference for K-12 teachers, administrators, and school technology leaders. Come visit Maps101 at booth #27 and see our exciting new content.