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young members of this ethnically diverse community are trying to forge their own identity in the post-9/11 world

Islam in America: young members of this ethnically diverse community are trying to forge their own identity in the post-9/11 world Patricia Smith BACKGROUND Since 9/11, American Muslims have reported a rise in anti-Muslim feelings. In some cases, this has included violence directed against individuals or mosques. “Islam in America” takes a took at Muslims […]

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In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire Peter Vilbig WHEN THE DISASTER BREAKS OUT IN A REMOTE CORNER OF THE WORLD, YOUNG RELIEF WORKERS PICK UP THE PIECES The headlines blare out tales of war, famine, and oppression. But lost amid the horror are the stories of heroism and personal sacrifice happening in the background. Whenever a […]

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World divorce rates

World divorce rates The graph shows the countries with the highest divorce rates. Contributing factors include changing family structures and divorce laws. TOP 10 DIVORCE RATES * #1 Belarus #2 U.S. #3 Russia #4 Ukraine #5 Aruba #6 Cuba #7 Estonia #8 Lithuania #9 Switzerland #10 Finland * Based on most recent data from countries […]

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Should astronauts return to the moon? That’s what President Bush has proposed, but scientists are divided about whether the moon is the right goal

Should astronauts return to the moon? That’s what President Bush has proposed, but scientists are divided about whether the moon is the right goal Paul Spudio YES We should return to the moon for three reasons: science, resources, and inspiration. The moon opens a window on the 4-billion-year history and evolution of our planet and […]

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teens and drug abuse—understanding the statistics

Heads up: teens and drug abuse—understanding the statistics Introduction: 2005 Monitoring the Future Survey * One of scientists’ main tools for understanding drug-abuse trends among teens is the annual Monitoring the Future survey. In this survey, approximately 50,000 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students in public and private schools across the country answer questions that provide […]

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in one momentous year, 17 nations were freed from European colonial rule

1960: independence takes root across Africa: in one momentous year, 17 nations were freed from European colonial rule Michael Wines LESSON PLAN 4: TIMES PAST 1960: AFRICAN FREEDOM MOVEMENTS BACKGROUND In the 19th century, intense competition for Africa’s mineral riches led to disputes between several European powers. In 1884-85, European readers gathered for a conference […]

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since AIDS first made headlines 25 years ago this summer, 25 million people have died, and the toll is still rising

1981: the AIDS epidemic begins: since AIDS first made headlines 25 years ago this summer, 25 million people have died, and the toll is still rising Lawrence K. Altman When I was a doctor at Bellevue Hospital in New York in the late 1970s, my colleagues and I were baffled by a small number of […]

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What global warming may do to future storms

What global warming may do to future storms Nicholas D. Kristof If the White House wants to move the debate about Hurricane Katrina beyond the “blame game,” here’s a constructive step that President Bush could take to protect people in the future: Tackle global warming. True, we don’t know whether Katrina was linked to global […]

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sixty years ago this August, the nuclear age began with U.S. attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1945: dropping the bomb: sixty years ago this August, the nuclear age began with U.S. attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Sam Roberts TEACHING OBJECTIVES To help students understand the development of the atomic bomb, both the technical hurdles scientists faced and the human drama associated with the decision to use it. […]

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rise in percentage of students who have used illegal drugs

Graph exercise: rise in percentage of students who have used illegal drugs No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Lindsay Earls case (page 14), the controversy over testing students for use of illicit drugs will most likely continue. And with good reason, say defenders of drug-testing programs. An annual survey of 8th-, […]