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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. The variant, Omicron, has since been found in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Countries have restricted travel from South Africa and several…

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Business

A 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 announced 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) endorsed the first vaccine that helps protect against malaria. The WHO advises that the vaccine, Mosquirix, should be given to children in parts of Africa. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes. It kills…

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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 all sorts of plastic trash during her beach cleanups in Cape Town, South Africa. The teenager has collected plastic bottles, food containers, straws, and more. Lately, Prinsloo has noticed an increase in a certain kind of…

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New COVID-19 Challenges

January 15, 2021

As the new year begins, the coronavirus pandemic rages on. More than 90 million cases of COVID-19 have been detected worldwide. At press time, the United States alone had seen about 23 million cases. Three million new cases had already…

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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.) and other countries. It's a step toward containing the spread of the disease worldwide. The vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford and the drug company AstraZeneca.…

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