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The Middle East’s Surprising Appetite for Oil

The Middle East’s Surprising Appetite for Oil | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
CFR experts examine the science and foreign policy surrounding climate change, energy, and nuclear security.

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Seth Dixon's comment, December 12, 2012 3:07 PM
In essence, this is measuring "how many miles per gallon" your economy is getting.
geofoodgraz's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:37 AM
Seth Dixon, Ph.D.'s insight:

"Most everyone knows about the importance of Middle Eastern oil to the global economy and how that impacts geopolitics.  What isn't well-known is that the Middle East's own demand for oil has been increasing as their wealth and standard of living has been rising.  This chart does not show the amount of oil consumption, but the "energy intensity."  This is the amount of energy (often oil) used to produce a unit of GDP for a country's economy.  

 

Questions to Ponder: How will this change oil-producing countries economic development in the future?  How does this make us re-assess these economies?  Does this impact how we think about climate change issues?"

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:49 PM

Many people are well-aware of the Middle East's important part in the world oil market, but many fail to realize that this region consumes more oil than any other. Government subsidized oil prices combined with a rising economy spurring increased population growth and development makes parts of this region thirsty for petroleum. Cars are becoming more popular and as areas develop, electricity is being produced by the direct burning of fossil fuels. Meanwhile, countries like Saudi Arabia continue producing massive amounts of oil. This natural resource is what is going to shape this region in the upcoming years, providing major economic development that may trickle down to the people. 

INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO
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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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Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.
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#TheDress and the Rise of Attention-Policing

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Swiked/Tumblr/The Internet/The Atlantic It caused Taylor Swift to feel “confused and scared.” It caused a rupture in the Kardashian-West household that might never be repaired. It caused Rep.
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The End of the Big Mac

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Flickr/Francis Vallance/McDonald's/Ian Bogost If you like to luncheon on two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun, you’d better act fast: McDonald’s has announced plans to phase out the Big Mac.
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Can you trust your eyes?

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AsapScience uses a fact-based approach to their analysis of how our eyes perceive certain optical illusions. Despite knowing they're trying to trick you, your eyes and brain can't help but be fooled.

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43 words invented by authors (video)

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In a weekly show by Mental Floss, author John Green presents the words invented by writers. The most popular these days is the…
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Storytelling Now

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What pushes the boundaries of digital story forms? Here’s what 2014 taught us.

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US Deep Freeze Stands out on Global Map

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Andrew Freedman in Mashable: The eastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada, sticks out for having the most unusually cold conditions on the planet. In fact, much of the rest of North America — inclu...

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Starbucks's Failed Music Revolution

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The cover of Sonic Youth's 2008 compilation Hits are for Squares, created for Starbucks. (Starbucks Music) Starbucks will stop selling CDs at the end of the month, and it isn't hip to cry about it.
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No boyfriend? No problem! Make one up with an app

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For $24.99 per month, you can keep prying moms at bay by getting messages and handwritten notes from a made-up significant other
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Dads in Ads: Are Times Changing? » Sociological Images

Dads in Ads: Are Times Changing? » Sociological Images | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, February 25, 12:13 PM

Great blog post on gender in advertising and how it is (possibly?) changing.  Using examples like the NyQuil ad above, the author looks at changing gender roles.  

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Report: Saudi men arrested for dancing at party

Report: Saudi men arrested for dancing at party | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Kingdom's morality police raided a birthday party and detained men for "loud music and inappropriate dancing," local media reports
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The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Here's What You Need To Know

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The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether to reclassify the Internet as a utility. If it votes yes, the commission will not allow Internet service providers to throttle traffic.
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2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act - 41 NBC News

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act - 41 NBC News | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago a key piece of legislation was signed into law that gave African Americans and minorities the right to vote.
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To Make Roads Safe, Make Them Feel Dangerous

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Alexandru Panolu/Flickr In 2005, the U.K. Department of Transportation unveiled a set of guidelines for what it called “psychological traffic calming,” a strategy to make the country’s roadways safer by giving them a surface-level makeover.
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12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye

12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
It's not just the dress. These optical illusions show that color can be a tricky concept

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Wide gap in regional house prices

Wide gap in regional house prices | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The gap between the most expensive and cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000, figures show.

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Graham Watson's curator insight, February 27, 12:10 PM

Another micro/macro debate - and I might have got this wrong but I'll plump for macroeconomic on this occasion. The divergence in house prices is bad for income inequality but I'd like to focus on another element of it - it's bad for the geographic mobility of labour. The North East of England has the highest rate of regional unemployment and one of the contributory factors will be the fact that many of the workers there cannot afford to move house to find jobs elsewhere.

 

Other than that this article contains some nice data on the current state of the British housing market.

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Llama Drama

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KJRH/The Atlantic A brief, tense llama chase around Phoenix is, it turns out, the perfect escapist antidote to the late-winter, late-week, late-afternoon blues.
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Teaching the Geography of Food

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By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College  Food. It's something we all think about, talk about, and need. Food has been one major topic of interest at National Ge...

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5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off

5 Reasons Why Having Persistence Pays Off | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Persistence is the foundation of taking anything you can imagine, and then creating it in your life. Here are 5 reasons why having persistence pays off.

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(From the article): In conclusion, persistence is an important part of life. It’s separates the complete from the incomplete, the wise from the unwise, and just to recap, here are the 5 reasons why having persistence pays off:

 

Most success people have failed at least oncePeople like to test you on persistenceWhat comes easily normally isn’t worth itKnowledge isn’t gained without persistenceThe more you do something, the better you get at it



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The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

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 Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank.
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10 Popular Toys From the '80s That Are Back

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The '80s were arguably one of the greatest decades in history to be a kid with an allowance burning a hole in your pocket, and a free afternoon to spend at a toy store.
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Amateur Massachusetts bowler rolls perfect 900 series

Amateur Massachusetts bowler rolls perfect 900 series | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Hakim Emmanuel has become a bowling celebrity after rolling only the 27th perfect 3-game stretch on record
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Watch Middle School Kids Play A Led Zeppelin Medley ... On Xylophones

Watch Middle School Kids Play A Led Zeppelin Medley ... On Xylophones | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
See a group of seven to 12-year-olds perform an incredible medley of Led Zeppelin songs on xylophone and drums.
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Steve Button's curator insight, February 26, 6:23 AM

Absolutely fantastic - now that's what I call music teaching!

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Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on behaviorism—classical conditioning and the like.
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