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A miracle in Prague

A miracle in Prague

            Shinda is a female gorilla. She is 24 years old, and she lives at the Prague Zoo. In April, she surprised everyone. She had a baby. People were upset with the zookeepers. They said, “Didn't you see her big tummy?” The zookeepers said, “We thought she was too old and eating too much.” But, of course, Shinda was pregnant.

05.1.2017| International

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Happy Norway

Happy Norway

              Every March, for the International Day of Happiness, the United Nations (UN) chooses the happiest countries in the world. This year, Norway was first. Denmark was second followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, and Netherlands. Norway, along with the other happy countries provide many benefits for their citizens. People live long, healthy lives.

05.1.2017| International

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Deadly bleach

Deadly bleach

                Bleaching is devastating the coral in the Great Barrier Reef. Concerned scientists report that nearly two-thirds of the reef has been badly damaged this year. The Great Barrier Reef off the northern coast of Australia in Queensland is the largest living organism on earth. It is 2,300 kilometers long and supports 600 different types of hard and soft coral. Coral are curious animals.

05.1.2017| International

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Welcome home!

Welcome home!

              Photographer: Dan Dzurisin No bison have lived in Banff National Park for 130 years. Now Canada is returning the bison home. This is a happy day for the land and its people and animals. Sixteen wild bison from Elk Island National Park arrived in Banff by truck and helicopter in January 2017.

03.1.2017| International

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Thinking big with 3D

Usually houses cost a lot of money and take a long time to build. But a Chinese company is changing that. It is using a 3D printer to quickly make homes. This is a good news, but how is it possible? 3D printers print objects. They follow a computer design to lay down layers of a chosen material.

03.1.2017| International

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Free Pizza!

Free Pizza!

            Photographer: Taymaz Valley / Flickr Pizza is a big, white polar bear. But Pizza is sad because he lives in a shopping mall in China. Animal lovers are saying, “Free Pizza.” Guangdong, China is the home of Grandview Polar Sea World. Pizza is in a cage there along with other animals like wolves and whales.

01.1.2017| International

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Zero-emissions for German trains

Zero-emissions for German trains

              Alstom Coradia iLint 'Hydrail' auf der InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin Photographer: Frank Paukstat / Flickr Germany has about 4,000 diesel trains. They pollute the air badly. However, next year a new train will arrive in the country. It will run on diesel rail lines, but it will use clean energy. The Cordia iLint is called a hydrail because this train uses hydrogen as its fuel source.

01.1.2017| International

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The Red List for giraffes

The Red List for giraffes

              Photographer: Jon Mountjoy Caption / Flickr Giraffes are popular and beloved wild animals. But they are sadly dying away very quickly.  This year, for the first time, they were added to Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN keeps track of the different species of animals on earth.

01.1.2017| International

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Missing frogs?

10,000 frogs are dead. People found their bodies on the Coata River in Peru. What happened to the frogs? Government officials are looking for the answer. The dead frogs are Titicaca water frogs. This kind of frog has a lot of extra skin. The extra skin holds oxygen, so these frogs can breathe underwater.

11.1.2016| International

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What’s for breakfast?

A traditional Japanese breakfast is rice, fish, and miso soup. It is very healthy, but it takes time to cook. So now busy Japanese people are starting to eat a different breakfast food - granola. Granola sales in Japan are increasing rapidly. Granola is a type of cereal.

11.1.2016| International

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The King is dead.

On October 13, 2016, the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, died. He was the monarch (king) for seventy years. For many people in Thailand, he has been their only king. Interestingly, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born in Cambridge, MA on December 5, 1927. His father was studying public health at Harvard at the time.

11.1.2016| International

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The Solar Impulse 2

The Solar Impulse 2 is a different airplane.  It uses clean energy, the sun, to fly. It is flying around the world. The Solar Impulse 2 started its trip from Abu Dhabi in March, 2015. It stopped in different countries on the way. It took 210 hours to fly over the Pacific and 72 hours to fly across the Atlantic. The plane has longer wings than a Boeing 747, and it weighs about as much as a car.

07.1.2016| International

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The little sensor that could

Phil Stamp is a beachcomber. He looks for objects on Willapa Bay shore. Before Christmas in 2014, he found something unusual in the sand. He cleaned the object. It was a cylinder of glass and plastic with instruments inside. It looked important, so he said to his friend, “Can you help me find the owner?” The two men sent out many emails.

07.1.2016| International

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Tuition free in Germany

Do you want an excellent free education? Go to Germany. Germany is offering free college or university tuition to its own citizens and international students. This generous offer is attracting many Americans. In the U.S. the cost of going to a university or college has gone up by 500% since 1985.

07.1.2016| International

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Missing penguins

Missing penguins

In 2010, a huge iceberg came to the waters of Cape Denison, East Antarctica. It blocked the path to food for 150,000 Adelie penguins. Now only 10,000 are there. Where are the missing penguins? Maybe they died. The penguins had to walk 37 miles around the iceberg for food.

05.1.2016| International

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Charlie’s rainforest

Charlie’s rainforest

              Charlie Hamilton James, a British photographer for National Geographic Magazine, came to Seattle recently to tell his unusual story. He bought a rainforest. Charlie spent 20 years photographing the unusual animal and plant life in Peru’s Manú National Park. This park has one of the world’s most diverse biological systems. Sadly he saw the forest dying.

05.1.2016| International

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Mascot crazy Japan

Mascot crazy Japan

              Mascots are big business in Japan. They advertise and sell products for government and business. They are everywhere, and the Japanese people are crazy for them. However, the government recently asked, “Do we need so many mascots?” Mascots, or Yuru-kyara in Japanese, are imaginary characters. They are used to represent a common identity, especially for cities.

05.1.2016| International

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Baby Pablo

Only 84 people lived in the small Northern Italian town of Ostana. Then on January 22, 2016, a dream came true. Little Pablo was born. Now 85 people live in Ostana. This is good news because the last baby born in Ostana was in 1988. Ostana, like other small towns in Italy, is dying.

03.1.2016| International

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Going cashless

Paying with cash is common in most countries. But cards and phone apps are rapidly replacing the krona in Sweden. It will soon be the first cashless country in the world. Swedes are giving up cash for two reasons. First, they can safely make electronic payments for anything online.

03.1.2016| International

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At war with Zika

At war with Zika

              Brazil is at war with some tiny enemies, mosquitoes. Government troops and citizens must work fast because the mosquitoes are rapidly spreading the Zika virus. Brazilians, especially pregnant women, feel panic. The Zika virus may be a cause for the birth defect microcephaly. Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the problem.

03.1.2016| International

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