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Current Events for November 18, 2013Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

Super Typhoon Haiyan Sweeps Across Philippines

The residents of Philippines are no strangers to typhoons - After all, an average of 19 storms brush by each year with at least 6 or 7 making landfall. However, super-typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as the locals are calling it, that landed around 4 am local time on Friday, November 8th, 2013, was no ordinary storm. With estimated sustained winds of 200 mph and gusts rising as high as 235 mph, experts believe that it may have been the biggest typhoon to ever make landfall.

Current Events for November 18, 2013Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

Super Typhoon Haiyan Sweeps Across Philippines

The residents of Philippines are no strangers to typhoons - After all, an average of 19 storms brush by each year with at least 6 or 7 making landfall. However, super-typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as the locals are calling it, that landed around 4 am local time on Friday, November 8th, 2013, was no ordinary storm. With estimated sustained winds of 200 mph and gusts rising as high as 235 mph, experts believe that it may have been the biggest typhoon to ever make landfall.

Even Macaques Need Computer Time To Relax!

The fact that non-human primates seem to like touchscreen computers as much as their human counterparts has been known for some time now - After all, the orangutans and gorillas of the Milwaukee Zoo have been 'enriching their lives' with iPads since 2011. Now, a new study asserts that exposing the animals to these devices not only makes their lives more interesting, but also, helps them relax and become friendlier.

Researchers Reveal The One Word That Can Be Understood Almost Universally

What is the one word that you can speak in almost any country in the world and be understood? If your response to that is 'Huh?' - You are absolutely right! This three letter word that we often use to express our confusion or unclearness is apparently used in almost the same form, all the way from Ghana to Laos and even Iceland!

Current Events for November 12, 2013Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Mrs. CollinsPlease read this article and watch the 2 videos. Look at the special effects and camera angles used to film this tv commercial. Think about our vocabulary words this week...this is an excellent advertisment for the ultra high definition tv. Think about our anchor text this week..Coming Distractions.

Video of the Week- Costa Rican Village Showered With Flower Petals

We see commercials all the time. Some like the ones created by LG Electronics are funny, while others are just straight-up boring. But very few are as mesmerizing as the one recently created by Sony Corporation to showcase the clarity of their new 55' and 65' 4K ultra high definition televisions.

Current Events for November 4, 2013Monday, November 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Fancy A Balloon Ride To The Stratosphere?

In 2008, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of Companies shook up the travel industry by announcing plans to build a special spacecraft to take tourists for a quick jaunt to space. Now a new Arizona-based startup has joined the fray. But instead of zipping up at supersonic speeds, they envision a leisurely excursion.

Current Events for October 31, 2013Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Mrs. CollinsRead this article. What do you think. Post a comment or answer the critical thinking question.

Coming Soon To A Classroom Near You . . . RoboRoaches

With the advent of smart devices, classroom curriculum is starting to become increasingly interactive. Now neuroscience PHD student Greg Gage and his team at Backyard Brains are taking it to a new level with their robo kits that can transform any cockroach into a RoboRoach! All that is required is a smart phone, steady hands and a living insect.
  • arwynl
    arwynlThursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Wow!This is very cool!I want one.
    • alanad
      alanadThursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm
      this is awesome I want one so bad!
      • amorihl
        amorihlThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:05 am
        i wish i had one there cool
        • bryantg
          bryantgThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:05 am
          Woah! That is so thrilling and amazing!
          • satyav
            satyavThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:04 am
            eeew i would not want a robo-roach ):
            • duyp
              duypThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:04 am
              I wish i had one of them they are so cool
              • tracyv
                tracyvThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:04 am
                i would not want a roboroach for a pet
                • tylerko
                  tylerkoThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:03 am
                  no because i dont like bugs
                  • christopherm
                    christophermThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:03 am
                    wow i sure will like that in my class!
                    • aliw
                      aliwThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:03 am
                      that Robo Roach is awsome im so pre ordering it
                      • satyav
                        satyavThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:02 am
                        the robo roach creeps me out but its a cool idea i enjoyed the video
                        • juaresd
                          juaresdThursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:01 am
                          miss collins can we please get arobo roach in the class and can I please control it if we do !
                          • duyp
                            duypThursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:59 am
                            cool i wish i had one of those ROBOROACH
                            • amorihl
                              amorihlThursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:59 am
                              i wish i had one cool
                              • tracyv
                                tracyvThursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:57 am
                                cool that sounds nice

                                Current Events for October 31, 2013Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

                                Mrs. CollinsPlease read the article. You may post a comment if you like. Challenge yourself and answer the critical thinking challenge!

                                Video Of The Week - Rich Ferguson Strikes Again With Another Scream-Worthy Prank

                                Yep, It's that time of the year. Besides all the delicious treats you will receive on the 31st, there will also be plenty of tricks. To get you into the spirit, here is a prank that California-based magician Rich Ferguson recently pulled on some unsuspecting shoppers. It is guaranteed to make you fall out of your chair - literally!

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