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Weekly Snapshot: LinkNYC

Weekly news you can use.

By:  |  June 15, 2022  |    550 Words
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Welcome to LNGenZ’s round up of the week’s top news stories.

New York City Removes Last Payphone – Or Does It?

A technological change is taking place in the Big Apple.

The payphone – once the only option for stranded motorists, the way people could get in touch when out in public, and the changing room for Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman – is now becoming a thing of the past. In a special ceremony, New York City removed the last known payphone from service just days ago – or did it? The city says the phone booths are being replaced with kiosks that allow users to make phone calls, access the internet, and charge their devices. These new huts will be known as LinkNYC.

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Due to technology like cell phones and e-mail, the communication game has changed. Why keep booths on the streets when nearly every person can communicate with a device they carry in their pocket? On the other hand, those who don’t own a cell phone may be forced to miss out. Read more…


Underwater Meadow Gets Credit as the World’s Largest Living Plant

The seagrass stretches for over 112 miles and benefits both the land and water around it.

A meadow under the sea? A newly discovered plant found in Australia can be described just like that. The Posidonia australis is a marine flowering seagrass that stretches for miles under the shallow western Australian waters. It is so massive that it has been classified as the world’s largest living plant. Though not a record-breaking age, the underwater field is believed to be around 4,500 years old. Let’s discover what exciting things scientists have uncovered about the giant foliage.

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Photo Credit: Rachel Austin/University of Western Australia

The underwater phenomenon covers more than 112 miles of the protected wilderness known as Shark Bay. The seagrass can grow large because it creates identical copies of itself (clones) extending from the original growths. This process is abnormal for reproduction in the wilderness and is mainly associated with fungi, bacteria, and some plants. Specific environmental conditions are needed for this type of re-creation to occur. Read more…


US Hosts ‘Summit of the Americas’

Amid disagreements and drama, President Biden announces plans for the region.

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The United States is often just called “America,” but the Americas actually include 35 countries. The area consists of two continents: North and South America. In addition, many islands of the Caribbean are considered part of the Americas. This week, the US has been hosting a meeting between countries belonging to this landmass, the Summit of the Americas.

The first Summit of the Americas (SOA) was held in 1994. It was hosted in the US by President Bill Clinton. Since then, the meeting has been held every few years. This is the second year the US has hosted – some other host countries have included Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Chile.

The purpose of the event is to bring together leaders of the Organization of American States – a group that aims to boost cooperation between the continents’ nations. Read more…

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