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USA National Gas Price Map

USA National Gas Price Map | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This visualization of gas prices by county in the United States is timely as high gas prices are not only impacting pocketbooks, but are also becoming political taking points for presidential candidates and this issue may drive policy.  This shows the regional variations in prices (so sorry to my California friends), but it is a great launching point for asking the questions: why are the prices for a certain commodity higher in one region than another?  What factors lead to the spatial differences in the relative economic value in one region over another?  Supply and demand works beautifully on a two-axis graph, but supply and demand happen somewhere, giving a simple chart added complexity since it's spatially contingent and we must make the assumption and caveat explicit.  


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Dale Fraza's comment, February 27, 2012 12:22 PM
In an ideal world, gas prices would be $5 a gallon nationwide-with that extra $1.50 going to finding a reasonably priced alternative to oil-run vehicles.
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“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans

Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Robin Williams has been honoured at the spot where he touched the most hearts during his rich and eccentric career, with fans scrawling Good Will Hunting quotes by the bench in Boston where his character so articulately conveyed the beauty of worldly experience and the simple magnificence of love.
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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

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Middle class households' wealth fell 35 percent from 2005 to 2011

Middle class households' wealth fell 35 percent from 2005 to 2011 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The latest in a depressing string of data on inequality getting bigger and bigger.

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http://campus-immersion.fr    Learn English understand the world 

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For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
People with autism often have trouble communicating with police, which can be dangerous — and scary for parents who also worry about racial profiling. Now, some cities are trying to mitigate the risk.

 

Lorraine Spencer has been watching the news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police, and worrying about her own son's safety. Jermaine is 16 years old and bi-racial, with a dark complexion. He also has autism and wants to be more independent, especially as he nears adulthood.


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These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties

These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Empathy makes you better at cocktail parties—and at life.

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this is a great tip and thoughtful article. it isn't about education in school, but more about education in life and skills that will last a lifetime.

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Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
You may not know the names “Hillerich and Bradsby,” but you almost certainly know their most famous product—the Louisville Slugger. (Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.
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Innovations: The best butter knife ever and 9 other brilliant redesigns

Scissors. Cups. Kitchen utensils. They’re household items considered to be so fundamentally sound in their essential form and function that they’ve changed little throughout the years.
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This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television.
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26 Amusing Facts About Amusement Parks - Huffington Post (satire)

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26 Amusing Facts About Amusement Parks
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There are plenty more, so dive right into the above video from the folks at Mental Floss for some super interesting facts about amusement parks you might not have known.
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Using iMovie to Introduce New Topics

Using iMovie to Introduce New Topics | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"So after years of always being asked “what are we doing next sir?” and “what is that?”  I thought it would be a good idea to create some promo videos that I can share with students to introduce what they will be doing next and develop a sense of excitement about what is coming up.

 

To do this i chose iMovie on my iPad as it is really simple to create professional looking trailers."

 

- See more at: http://www.matpullen.com/ipads/using-imovie-to-introduce-new-topics/#sthash.LL5HCg9I.dpuf"


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Look up, Connect and Share A Story--video

My daughter shared this emotionally powerful video with me, and it made me reflect on how we as salespeople waste so much time in sales cycles, because we're...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 21, 4:36 PM

The other night my husband Tim and I were out to dinner. At the table next to us was a teenage boy with his mom and dad. The kid was totally engaged in his meal and having a good time gobbling up the food. No phone or iPad for him!


His parents though? They spent the entire meal on their phones checking email and texting. They never once said a word to their son. You could tell the boy was used to it and was entertaining himself in their absence. Tim and I just shook our heads.


If ever there was a strong case for putting down the phone and connecting with others -- and swapping stories back and forth -- it's this video. I loved it and it really got me thinking. I think you will enjoy it too. It's a great reminder to stop, talk, and share stories.


It's OK if I'm not tethered to my cell. When work is done I can ignore it and my iPad to share the story of my day with my husband -- and listen to his in return :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer

26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer

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I love this focus on getting to really know the student. as I will have a new advisory this year, it will not only be helpful to have this insight, but could be a great topic to revisit every year to let the student see how he/she has grown. Also works as a great guide for individual goal setting and acknowledgement that there are both strengths and weaknesses, not just one or the other.

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Here's a mesmerizing map of Twitter activity from Ferguson

Here's a mesmerizing map of Twitter activity from Ferguson | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Twitter has become the undisputed champion of breaking news — a title is has successfully defended over the past two weeks in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Emma Boyle's curator insight, August 21, 8:51 AM

Tracking Twitter activity between August 11 - August 18.

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A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries

A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California on Sunday morning, bringing down thousands of barrels and bottles of high-priced wine, couldn’t have come at a worse time in wine country. The region, which has been battling one of its worst droughts in decades, was preparing for a premature harvest."

 


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People have been experimenting with and improving agricultural methods since the Neolithic Revolution. The plight of wineries in California have shown us that we are still vulnerable to the one factor we can"t control. Nature.

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Geography of Coffee - GIS Lounge

Geography of Coffee - GIS Lounge | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Almost everything can be seen through the eyes of a geographer.  Take coffee, for example; to most people, coffee is a delicious beverage and nothing more. But to geographers coffee holds a number of intriguing chronicles relating to physical geography, human geography, biogeography, and many other aspects.


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This Map Shows When Two People Play the Same Song at the Same Time

This Map Shows When Two People Play the Same Song at the Same Time | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Created by Spotify's first media artist in residence

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The Growing Blue-State Diaspora

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Many Americans born in blue states have moved to red states since 2000, helping Democrats in national elections.

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Who Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge?

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“Where does a phenomenon begin?”
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64 People and Their Famous Last Words | Mental Floss

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64 People and Their Famous Last Words http://t.co/Ndt85Q3Wvu #SoBee
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Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Some upgrades are subjective—like moving from pen and paper to a digital note-taker. Other upgrades, however, change the way you use technology, and make it impossible to go back to something inferior.
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5 Ways to Stop Being So Busy

Being more strategic about how you manage your work may take some extra time in the near term, but ultimately can vastly improve your performance.

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Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down? - Business Insider Australia

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Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down?
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Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike

Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Three Chilean engineering students created a bike that it is impossible to steal without damaging the frame.

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Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size - life - New Scientist

Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size - life - New Scientist | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Humans and chimps both involuntarily mimic pupil dilation in others – but only if those others are members of the same species

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This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year

This Genius Project Would Create Tiny Homes For People Making Less Than $15,000 A Year | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Another American city is embracing the idea of small homes that'll make a big difference.

The city of Portland, Oregon, is nearing approval of construction for tiny home communities on public land in order to house homeless and low-income residen...

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The Amish: Ten things you might not know - USA TODAY

The Amish: Ten things you might not know - USA TODAY | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
USA TODAY The Amish: Ten things you might not know USA TODAY The recent abduction and return of two New York State Amish girls has once more brought focus on America's "Plain People," whose shunning of technology and seemingly simple lives have...
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