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World News of the Weekend

by Jake Beus October 22nd, 2012 More

It’s Monday, and that means we need to take a look back and try to get a grasp of what happened over the weekend. We do our best to stay updated with what’s going on around the world, and here is some of the notable world news of this past weekend.

The World’s oldest survivor of Auschwitz death camp dies at the age of 108, via Fox News. Antoni Dobrowolski died Sunday in the northwestern Polish town of Debno, according to Jaroslaw Mensfelt, a spokesman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum.

UCI agrees to strip Armstrong of his 7 Tour titles, via Fox News. As far as cycling’s governing body is concerned, Lance Armstrong is out of the record books. Once considered the greatest rider in tour history, the American was cast out Monday by his sport.

BMW to build plant in Brazil, via Fox News. Officials say German automaker BMW AG will build a factory in southern Brazil. BMW will invest approximately $500 million to build the plant.

Please tweet @learntalk and let us know what other stories we should include and link to.

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Red Bull Stratos – World Record Jump

by Jake Beus October 18th, 2012 More

This past weekend, some of you were able to witness a historic moment as Felix Baumgartner leaped more than 120,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico. He broke the free-fall record set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960. I think it’s great that it was sponsored by Red Bull and a few other companies. I have a slight obsession/addiction to Red Bull, and it’s great to see that some of the money I spend to keep me caffeinated has been going to science and education. This jump was seen live via webcast by millions across the world in a few different languages. So, my props go to the fine folks at Red Bull for making that happen. Enjoy this short video of the live jump:

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