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December 10, 2021

There’s no question that 2021 was as momentous as 2020. Like last year, this one was defined by wildfires and protests for social justice. And around the world, the pandemic continues. But 2021 was also the year the world moved…

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New Variant

December 3, 2021

Scientists in South Africa have reported a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s called Omicron. It has since been found in other parts of the world. Countries have restricted travel from South Africa and other African nations.…

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Business

Sticky Situation

December 2, 2021

The province of Quebec, in Canada, typically produces 70% of the world’s maple syrup. This year, the harvest fell short. So in November, Quebec Maple Syrup Producers said they would release 50 million pounds of the sweet stuff from their…

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Arts

Quack!

November 11, 2021

A giant inflatable duck is seen floating on the water in Chile, in South America, on November 2. The work is by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. It’s part of the…

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Business

Game On?

October 20, 2021

During the pandemic, board games became an entertainment lifeline for people stuck at home. Demand for them is still high. But now, the industry is feeling the effects of a global shipping crisis. And this crisis is hitting some companies…

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Health

A Vaccine for Malaria

October 15, 2021

On October 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) made an announcement. It endorsed a vaccine that helps protect against malaria. The WHO says the vaccine, Mosquirix, should be given to children in parts of Africa. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes.…

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That's Why

October 14, 2021

Why were computer users afraid of January 1, 2000? They thought. . . A) computers might process 00 as 1900. B) computers would explode. C) computers would start talking. In 1999, tech experts feared that on New Year’s Day 2000,…

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Environment

PPE Pollution

February 18, 2021

Zoë Trisha Prinsloo sees lots of plastic waste. The teenager hosts beach cleanups in Cape Town, South Africa. Prinsloo has picked up plastic bottles, straws, and more. Lately, she has noticed an increase in one type of trash. It’s from…

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New COVID-19 Challenges

January 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic rages on. More than 90 million cases have been detected worldwide. At press time, the United States had seen about 23 million cases. Three million new cases had already been reported in 2021. In California’s Los Angeles…

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New COVID-19 Vaccine

January 8, 2021

A new COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for the United Kingdom (U.K.). Several other countries have also approved the vaccine. It could help contain the spread of the disease worldwide. The vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and…

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