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A Primer on Peak Oil

A Primer on Peak Oil | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Three top financial news sites this week report on the reality of peak oil: The Economist, the Financial Times and French Le Figaro. At Economonitor, Edward Harrison compares the three articles and explains the difference between hard peak and soft peak and the upcoming "chaotic energy transition".


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Study shows sharp gaps in China views of US

Study shows sharp gaps in China views of US | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

A majority of China's opinion leaders and much of its public disapprove of their government's handling of ties with the United States, in a sign of increasingly open criticism, a study said Thursday.

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Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany

Merkel ally says Islam does not belong in Germany | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
A leading conservative politician said on Thursday that Islam did not belong in Germany, fuelling tension at a conference on integrating Muslims that also debated a controversial Salafist campaign to hand out copies of the Koran across the country.
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'Extreme Universe' puzzle deepens

'Extreme Universe' puzzle deepens | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Researchers go hunting for the source of the highest-energy particles we know of, and rule out one of the two presumed sources.
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Current Events: China to move 20,000 people at risk from Three Gorges landslides

BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) - China will relocate 20,000 people living near the Three Gorges Dam by the end of this year and five times that number by 2017 because of landslide risks caused by the world's biggest hydropower project.
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The Geometry of God: The Striking Kaleidoscopic Patterns of European Cathedral Ceilings

The Geometry of God: The Striking Kaleidoscopic Patterns of European Cathedral Ceilings | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Photographer David Stephenson captures architectural triumphs at the intersection of art and mathematics.

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How to Make Your Garden Soil More Fertile in Simple Natural Ways

How to Make Your Garden Soil More Fertile in Simple Natural Ways | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

When we start gardening the most important factor that we need to keep in mind is the ‘SOIL’. Since a healthy soil is capable of storing as well as processing huge proportion of water, a gardener has to take special care of the soil quality in a regular manner. Otherwise all the plants will dry up and die subsequently. The solution to get healthy and high-quality soil is not much complicated. One can use all the kitchen scraps as well as garden wastes or animal dung in order to improve the garden soil organically. This way one can notice a dramatic improvement in its ability to preserve and regulate water.

 


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Helen Clark: Putting Resilience at the Heart of the Development Agenda | UNDP

Helen Clark: Putting Resilience at the Heart of the Development Agenda | UNDP | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"At UNDP, we see development challenges in the 21st Century as different in nature, scale, and scope from those of the past. If our world is to be one in which poverty is eradicated, and inequality reduced; and where growth is inclusive and production and consumption do not break planetary boundaries; and if we are to be effective in combating the effects of climate change; we need to look beyond our traditional interventionist logic to harness the agency of people, their communities, and institutions. It is this logic which has led UNDP to encapsulate its mission statement in the simple phrase: Empowered Lives, Resilient Nations. This speaks to both means and ends. Empowered people can build resilient nations."

 

Excellent speech by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark although she has yet to break free from the growth obsession.


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Computers and the science of smiling

Computers and the science of smiling | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Computers may be able to read human emotions in the very near future, according to the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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People: Who Needs Them?

People: Who Needs Them? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Pop psychologists freely use words such as introvert and extravert. But as Curt and Anne Bartol point out, two out of every three people will score in the ‘average’ range on the extraversion dimension, thus disqualifying them from studies based on extraversion and introversion. Roughly 16 percent of the population are extraverts, and another 16 percent introverts, and the remainder (68 percent) are ambiverts.

 

It may be tempting to think of extraversion and introversion as two sides of a coin—that each of us is either one or the other—but this is simply not the case.


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Roy Montero's curator insight, August 14, 2013 5:01 AM

Adela Rubio mentions me on FaceBook
 

Was chatting with my friend Roy Montero the other day and he mentioned a term I'd never heard... ambivert. Care to elaborate, Roy?
 

http://www.FaceBook.com/adelarubio/posts/10151782572998421

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Ten buildings that changed the United States

Ten buildings that changed the United States | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

If you had to name an iconic American building, what would it be? An ambitious TV series and accompanying Web site, both titled 10 Buildings That Changed America, have just started production and will explore iconic U.S. architecture. They will present structures that “changed the way we work, live, and play,” according to the Web site. The buildings were chosen by a group of practicing architects as well as architectural experts, in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians. Chicago PBS station WTTW is producing the show, hosted by Emmy Award-winning producer Geoffrey Baer, and it’s scheduled to air in 2013.


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Do We Need More Advice About Eating Well?

Do We Need More Advice About Eating Well? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Maybe Americans would be healthier if we understood nutrition better. Or maybe we know enough, and eat poorly for other reasons.
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The ethics of purchasing smartphones and laptops: part II | EtonDigital

The ethics of purchasing smartphones and laptops: part II | EtonDigital | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote a lengthy piece about something which had been bothering me for quite some time - the annoying lack of clear, easily-available.
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Egypt’s grand mufti visits Jerusalem for first time, enters thru Jordan

Egypt’s grand mufti visits Jerusalem for first time, enters thru Jordan | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The grand mufti, one of Egypt's highest religious authorities, said on Twitter he had visited Jerusalem for the first time, angering Islamist groups opposed to any step that might be viewed as recognizing Israeli control of the city.
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Popocatepetl volcano remains on alert, evacuation of 28000 | Latin ...

The Popocatepetl volcano remains moderate exhalations but the alert remains. The Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico, on Wednesday presented a d.
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India Says It Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile

India Says It Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
India said Thursday it had successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a 3,100-mile range, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai.
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Genetically modified corn affects its symbiotic relationship with non-target soil organisms

Genetically modified corn affects its symbiotic relationship with non-target soil organisms | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
An increasing number of crops commercially grown today are genetically modified (GM) to resist insect pests and/or tolerate herbicides.

 

Although Bt corn is one of the most commonly grown GM crops in the United States, little is known about its effects on the long-term health of soils. Although there are many benefits to using biotechnology in agriculture, such as potentially reducing insecticide use, there may be unintended side effects. . . .


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Bamboo Wing Restaurant - the merits of steel-free design

Bamboo Wing Restaurant - the merits of steel-free design | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"a breathtaking restaurant and event venue...at Flamingo Dai Lai Resort in Vinh Phuc province, Vietnam.... Constructed entirely using bamboo as a structural and finishing material"


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What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Future Leaders team respond to the video below and tell us what they think makes a 21st century leader...

 

A few wise words, loads and loads of empty platitudes and nobody mentioning "the capacity to accept limits" as the number one feature of the required transition leadership. When even the WBCSD does not get it, how bleak is the future?


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Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful

Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.

 

He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.

 

They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.

 

It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.

 

While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.

 

Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.

 

The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."

 

He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:

 

"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.

 

2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.

 

3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.

 

4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.

 

5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."

 

And he definitely has a point on all of these. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) - Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently...
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Bill “Science Guy” Nye on the city of the future

Bill “Science Guy” Nye on the city of the future | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

Bill “Science Guy” Nye on why the city of the future is a bike-friendly city:

 

Bicycle tunnels/bridges, with a permanent tailwind for every rider, at significantly less cost than building roadways.


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'Chin-job' fever takes hold in US

'Chin-job' fever takes hold in US | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Chin implants are the fastest growing type of cosmetic procedure in the US according to plastic surgeons.
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