New planet could support life.

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Scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz have discovered a distant planet that they believe is suitable for sustaining life. Using ground based telescopes in Hawaii, and advanced astronomy and astrophysics  techniques they have determined that the planet, Gliese 581G in the constellation Libra, is likely to contain liquid water and has enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere. 2 other …

Uganda’s Wildlife shows signs of Recovery

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Uganda‘s Wildlife Authority is reporting large rises in numbers in some species inhabiting its wildlife reserves. The rise in the animal population – including Buffalo, Elephants and Giraffes, is credited to a number of factors, including the end of Uganda’s rebel war. Spokeswoman Lillian Nsubuga told the BBC “We have been able to reduce poaching by improving the monitoring of …

Award Winning! – Maps101 Bing Explorer

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Maps101’s Bing Explorer was last night awarded ‘Gold’ in the International Map Trade Association industry awards. The program, which uses Microsoft’s Bing Maps to locate and display Maps101 content for different parts of the world, received the highest commendation in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category. Maps101 Explorer was introduced earlier this year and enables Maps101 users to search through …

Happy Anniversary Uncle Sam?

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Commonly accepted as the nickname for the United States Federal Government, the term Uncle Sam provokes thoughts of the Stars and Stripes, patriotism and that guy with the beard trying to recruit you to the army. According to an eye witness report in the May 12th 1830 edition of the New York Gazette, today was the day in history when …

More than 500 National Geographic Videos now available.

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Maps101 includes more than 200 new National Geographic titles in the NG video library this school year. Over the summer break, we have added short videos on a host of new topics from tornadoes to bull riding. As always, the videos are short, between 3 and 6 minutes long, and offer a useful overview of a subject accompanied by unrivalled …

The Atlantic has a garbage patch too…

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Researchers from the Sea Education Association have mapped concentrations of plastic waste in the Northern Atlantic Ocean and identified a ‘garbage patch’ similar in size to the one in the Pacific. Over 22 years, plastics were skimmed from the the ocean using surface plankton nets in more than 6000 locations. The concentration of plastic debris is measured for each square kilometer …

New-look home page.

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Your Maps101 home page has a fresh new look about it for the new school year. But don’t worry, all of your favorite features are still exactly where you left them, we just made the site easier to navigate and, hopefully, more fun to use. The main changes include -: Easier to read navigation buttons Bing/Maps101 explorer quick launch New …

Maps101 CEO Sarah Sinclair at ISTE2010

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At the end of June Maps101 exhibited at ISTE2010, and we were privileged enough to meet with Tom Lapping, who interviewed her for eSchool News. This was Sarah’s first engagement with Maps101 since becoming CEO earlier this year. The day was a hectic one – flying return from Santa Barbara to Denver on a Monday can never be easy, however …