"A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice."
Cool map site where you can add your "voice" to the millions who are asking governments across the world to keep the Internet open to all! -AA
Bangladesh factory fire highlights the human cost of cheap clothing [National ...Equities.comMaking clothes requires relatively low-skilled labour and equipment that is easily relocated or replicated, making it "uniquely susceptible to geography...
Born in a prison camp, Shin Dong-hyuk describes how three generations of a family are incarcerated if one family member is considered disloyal. Anderson Cooper reports. Unbelievable story! Watch it! North Korea is like no other place you can imagine.
TED Talks Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions.
The Census Bureau's newly released population projections predict that non-Hispanic, white Americans will cease to compose a majority of the population in 2043, two years after the total population exceeds 400 million people.
GENEVA -- Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven countries can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued Monday.
Fewer babies now means fewer working-age people a few decades from now. And that means less support for Medicare, Social Security and other programs. - Planet Money
The current birth rate in the US is 63 per 1000, the lowest in a century. This will have a significant impact on retirement programs like Social Security for young people in the coming decades. Watch the interactive graph!
The way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is iconic in American culture. But linguists say the twang is fading — and that, in a few decades, "talking Texan" may sound quite different than it does today.-NPR
This is a great piece on regional dialects and how some are fading for reasons other than what you might think.
This is more for the teachers than the students, but what is better than an interactive map displaying the locations where Johnny Cash has been while listening to him sing “I’ve Been Everywhere?” (Tech support: Use Google Chrome or Safari to play).
New rules announced last week to allow interceptions of ships in the South China Sea are raising concerns in the region, and in Washington, that simmering disputes with Southeast Asian countries over the waters will escalate.
How ribbon farms – or rather the lack thereof in much of the United States – shaped attitudes toward modern transportation, and continue to shape our psychology as a nation today.
This is an interesting piece on the "long lot" system of land use that is typically of French origin. It provides more individual access to, perhaps a river for irrigation, but as this article states, to road frontage and access to transport for goods to market. And in this system the road came first, then the division of land rather than the opposite, which is why you find many large square or odd shaped parcels across much of the US and winding roads that came later to connect them.