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 …

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 …

Huge river found under the Mediterranean Sea

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Scientists have revealed details of  a huge undersea river carrying as much water as the Mississippi at its peak flow. The river has been found flowing  from the Mediterranean Sea in Europe through the Straights of the Bosphorous, into the Black Sea. The river water is made up of dense salt water and sediment which flows as a river underneath …

Cameras capture rare wildlife footage in Borneo.

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Conservationists working in the jungles of Borneo have captured video footage of a number of rare creatures, including a hairy nosed otter (Luma Sumatrana). As its description suggests, the otter has a hairy nose, with a white chin and flat tail, and weigh up to 13lbs. They feed mainly on fish but their lives have been threatened by hunting, for …

Maps101 at #ISTE

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At the end of June Maps101 will be exhibiting at the ISTE event in Denver, Colorado. This year’s theme is “Exploring Excellence” and it seems incredibly appropriate for this product! Not to be arrogant or complacent – far from it – but with Maps101 we are constantly striving for excellence. Excellence in our content – working with key providers such …

FIFA World Cup is underway.

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A huge global audience as well as almost every member of the local population will watch a month long festival of world soccer that began today at 3pm, local time in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa is not a newcomer to world sports – in fact it has hosted a number of significant tournaments including the Rugby, Athletics and Cricket …

Cheese be coming round the mountain.

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A 200 year old tradition of Cheese Rolling continued this year despite Police concerns that the event was becoming too crowded and too noisy. Competitors chase after a cheese weighing approximately 8lbs which is rolled down a steep (almost vertical) hill. The event takes place in Gloucester (pronounced Glosstur), a county in the south west of England famed for its …

30 Years after Mount St. Helens – Where does the danger now lie?

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30 years ago today Mount St. Helens erupted causing devastation to the surrounding area. Local towns such as Ritzville, LaRue and Morton were covered with volcanic ash in various forms from sticky mudballs to black sand. Read this account in the Seattle times. Lives were lost and treasured wildlife destroyed in the immediate aftermath. But with 30 years of peace …