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North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years

North Korean prisoner escaped after 23 brutal years | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
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.
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President thinks Mexico should change its name ...to 'Mexico'

President thinks Mexico should change its name ...to 'Mexico' | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he wants to change the official name of the country from the United States of Mexico to, simply, Mexico.

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Chris Mallon's comment, February 10, 2013 9:36 AM
I always assumed Mexico WAS the name
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Security Camera Video Captures Good Too

People can be great to others is public too.  Be the good that the world needs. 

 


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World Currencies In The Recession | Visual.ly

World Currencies In The Recession | Visual.ly | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
We all know that the value of a buck is not a thing we can easily depend on, especially during a recession. While the U.S.
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Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted

Over the Decades, How States Have Shifted | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
A look at how the states stack up in the current FiveThirtyEight forecast and how they have shifted over past elections.

 

Each state has it's own electoral history that often ebb and flow.  These patterns create the curious tapestry that is U.S. political landscape. 


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German Politician Smokes Marijuana on Live TV

German Politician Smokes Marijuana on Live TV | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Smoking a joint on live television is tough to deny. But that is the predicament that one German politician finds himself in after he took a drag off a joint during a late-night talk show on Thursday night.

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The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups?
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Visualizing the Global Carbon Footprint

Visualizing the Global Carbon Footprint | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

One of the key things I reinforce in conversations about globalization is that the advantages are unevenly distributed and the negative externalities to the system are also unevenly distributed.  This clever infographic highlights both rather effectively. 


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Dale Fraza's comment, February 27, 2012 3:26 PM
Really surprised at a couple things:
1. Brazil's relative tinyness in comparison with the U.S. Guess I've always just heard bad things about Brazil in regards to deforestation and the like.
2. Just how much a formerly agricultural nation (China) has exploded. Something really needs to be done about the environmental havoc they are wreaking (not to be a total ethnocentrist or anything).
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Social Media and Place

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Facebook most social cities: People everywhere use Facebook to check in to places. Here you can see the 5 top hotspots of the most "social"cities.

 

Questions to ponder: What attributes do these commonly 'checked into' landmarks have in common?  Are you surprised that some are or are not on the list?

 

Tags: socialmedia, place, tourism, infographic, London, NYC, Paris.


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Remote Sensing and Land Cover Change

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By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.


This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990.  This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time.  Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.  

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.


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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:24 PM

Looking at the images above it is understandable that the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as the greatest environmental disaster (that we are not talking about). The amount of change that has taken place in this area is incomprehensible for the amount of time it has taken. Humans so often do not consider their actions on this planet , I believe what has taken place here is an utter shame.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 2:25 PM

Clearly the water level has decreased in Kazakhstan from 1990 until now. Farming, mining, and building are all indirectly changing the geography of some places. The use of rivers for cotton irrigation has shrunk by 3 quarters in the last 50 years and it is extremely affecting the Aral Sea. 

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 13, 2014 3:10 PM

Is sad to see how humans are changing the environment forcing the wild creatures to abandon the places they've been living for hundred or years or die of starvation. I wonder what will happen in 300 years when there is no more big lakes and the oceans will be completed polluted .

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Bridges For Animals - Wildlife Overpasses

Bridges For Animals - Wildlife Overpasses | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

We've all seen road kill on major highways.  Species like deer, elk, and grizzly bears and other large-bodied animals need a wide range for numerous ecological reasons.  These bridges are an attempt to ameliorate some of the problems that our roads pose for the non-human species that still call Earth home.  From a purely economic standpoint, many argue that these bridges save society money given the accidents and property damage that can be avoided. 

 



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Carly Schaus's comment, October 3, 2013 9:48 PM
I think this would be a great idea! it would keep the animals, nature and people safe. They have protection from motor vehicles where they crash on.
Courtney Gritman's comment, October 4, 2013 3:22 PM
I think this would be a wonderful solution from innocent animals from being killed and thousands of car accidents being prevented.
Jerod Garland's comment, October 15, 2013 8:55 PM
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Cliff diving champion- Orlando Duques three-second freefall

Cliff diving champion- Orlando Duques three-second freefall | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Nine-time cliff diving world champion Orlando Duque explains the three stages of a 27m cliff dive, from take-off, to position in the air and then entry into the water in this video shot in the Colombians hometown of Cali.
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Weather: bodyboarder surfs along flooded road - Telegraph

Weather: bodyboarder surfs along flooded road - Telegraph | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
A surfing instructor makes the most of the wet weather as he rides waves behind a vehicle on a flooded road in West Yorkshire.
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Where did it go? Scientists 'undiscover' Pacific island

Where did it go? Scientists 'undiscover' Pacific island | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Most explorers dream of discovering uncharted territory, but a team of Australian scientists have done the exact opposite.
They have found an island that doesn't exist. The island, named Sandy Island on Google Earth, also exists on marine charts and world maps and allegedly sits between Australia and New Caledonia in the south Pacific.

 

 But when the voyage's chief scientist, Maria Seton, and her crew sailed past where the island should be, they found nothing but blue ocean. "We became suspicious when the navigation charts used by the ship showed a depth of 1400 metres in an area where our scientific maps and Google Earth showed the existence of a large island," Dr Maria Seton, a geologist from the University of Sydney, said. "Somehow this error has propagated through to the world coastline database from which a lot of maps are made."

 

The missing island has regularly appeared in scientific publications since at least 2000. "Even onboard the ship, the weather maps the captain had showed an island in this location," Dr. Seton said. Neither the French government - the invisible island would sit within French territorial waters if it existed - nor the ship's nautical charts, which are based on depth measurements, had the island marked on their maps.

 

Dr. Seton had no idea how the island came to be on so many maps, but she is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Steven Micklethwaite from the University of Western Australia said, "We all had a good giggle at Google as we sailed through the island, then we started compiling information about the seafloor, which we will send to the relevant authorities so that we can change the world map."


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Walking With Dinosaurs!

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Here's what happened when Louise Minchin met a 'live' baby T-Rex and spoke to Dr Alice Roberts about a new stage show of Walking with Dinosaurs!
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Driving towards a greener future?

Driving towards a greener future? | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
As electric car wins coveted award, we ask if the industry has turned a corner and how this will impact the environment.
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Four African Teenage Girls Create a Pee-Powered Generator

Four African Teenage Girls Create a Pee-Powered Generator | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Four African Teenage Girls Create a Pee-Powered Generator...

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Go forth and multiply a lot less

Go forth and multiply a lot less | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
SOMETIME in the next few years (if it hasn't happened already) the world will reach a milestone: half of humanity will be having only enough children to replace...

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Roger Schäli free climbs north face of Arwa Spire

Roger Schäli free climbs north face of Arwa Spire | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

Swiss climber, Roger Schäli, is the first to free climb the north face of Indian Himalayan Arwa Spire!

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Space Dive | National Geographic Channel

Space Dive | National Geographic Channel | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

Felix Baumgartner test-jumps in preparation for his ultimate mission: a record-breaking supersonic free fall from 23 miles in the sky. From the edge of space...

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WORD CLOUD: The Words Of The First Presidential Debate

WORD CLOUD: The Words Of The First Presidential Debate | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

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Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths over the USA

Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths over the USA | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

At any given moment, there can be 30,000 manmade objects in the sky above us: Planes, helicopters, satellites, weather balloons, space debris, and other diverse technologies. They watch, they guide, they protect, they communicate, they transport, they predict, they look out into the stars. In less than 100 years, the deep blue has become a complex web of machinery.

 

Our lives are closely tied to these networks in the sky, but a disjunction has occurred between us and the aerial technologies we use every day. We rarely consider the hulking, physical machines that have now become core to our lifestyle. By not being aware of the hardware we use every day, we may also not be aware of the social, economic, cultural, and political importance of these technologies. By visualizing them, it may lead to a better understanding of the forces that are shaping our future.


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Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation | Cool To Know | Scoop.it
Beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious scenes of Seoul's poshest neighborhood, there might be a subtle message about wealth, class, and value in South Korean society.

 

This is a pretty insightful cultural analysis of the sensation. 


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Fully tattooed professor's bid to be President of Czech Republic

Fully tattooed professor's bid to be President of Czech Republic | Cool To Know | Scoop.it

Vladimir Franz (pictured), who has tattoos covering 90 per cent of his body, hopes to replace Vaclav Klaus, who has been President of the Czech Republic since 2003.


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