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China Bans 'Weird' Buildings (PHOTOS)

China Bans 'Weird' Buildings (PHOTOS) | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
China released new guidelines on urban planning that will curb 'bizarre architecture' in the country.
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Inside an oligarch's multi-million-pound wedding

Inside an oligarch's multi-million-pound wedding | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Billionaire oil magnate's son Said Gutseriev, 28, married 20-year-old student Khadija Uzhakhova in Moscow this weekend in a jaw-droppingly lavish affair.
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Analyzing Maps to Better Understand Global Current Events and History

Analyzing Maps to Better Understand Global Current Events and History | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
In this lesson, we provide strategies to help students accurately interpret maps, and we suggest ways for using current event maps as a tool to better understand both history and what’s going on in the world today.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 16, 10:08 AM

Many of the more fortunate students (access to portable electronic devices, multi-car families with parents who drive them around, etc.) are actually worse off in map reading skills in part because they have never needed to develop a mental map and are not adept at navigating their neighborhoods (in the last few generations most and the range that part).  When these children become drivers, they are unable to navigate without GPS devices, but they still need to learn map reading skills. They are convinced that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tagsmapping, K12, scale, location.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, January 22, 10:57 AM

The NY Times learning blog really has some interesting, insightful lessons.  This one looks at using maps to understand culture and history, and how it affects today.  

Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 12:44 AM

Many of the more fortunate students (access to portable electronic devices, multi-car families with parents who drive them around, etc.) are actually worse off in map reading skills in part because they have never needed to develop a mental map and are not adept at navigating their neighborhoods (in the last few generations most and the range that part).  When these children become drivers, they are unable to navigate without GPS devices, but they still need to learn map reading skills. They are convinced that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 


 


Tagsmapping, K12, scale, location.

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New York company says it can beam OUTERNET to every person on Earth

New York company says it can beam OUTERNET to every person on Earth | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to provide free Internet to everyone across the world from space in 2015.
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The contact lenses that could do away with TV screens: System that projects images onto the eyeball to be unveiled next week

The contact lenses that could do away with TV screens: System that projects images onto the eyeball to be unveiled next week | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
The iOptik system, developed by Washington-based group Innovega, allows the users to see digital information, such as driving directions and video calls.
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Beam of darkness makes objects invisible from a distance (Wired UK)

Beam of darkness makes objects invisible from a distance (Wired UK) | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
A research team from the University of Singapore has developed a device that can make objects invisible by bathing them in a beam of darkness
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Unusual Ice Circle Discovered

Unusual Ice Circle Discovered | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
BISMARCK — When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.
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Hooters party generates more excitement than Cogen report

Hooters party generates more excitement than Cogen report | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it

Revelations about former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen are big news locally. But the Hooters party for the Corbett Middle School football team is generating a lot more attention nationally.....

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Floating island of rubbish three times size of BRITAIN floating towards California

Floating island of rubbish three times size of BRITAIN floating towards California | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Five millions tons of debris made up of devastated property is making its way to the US following the 2011 tsunami in Japan
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Power Flour: The Protein-Rich, Insect-Based Food

Power Flour: The Protein-Rich, Insect-Based Food | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it

Chew on this....A team of MBA students were the recipients of the 2013 Hult Prize earlier this week, providing them with $1 million in seed money to produce an insect-based, protein-rich flour for feeding malnourished populations in other countries. The product is called Power Flour. "It's a huge deal because we had a very ambitious but....

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Are you REALLY ready for fresh insects in your daily diet?

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www.nextmillenniumfarms.com - @Protein2050's curator insight, April 12, 2014 3:45 PM

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Getting Personal – Your Pulse Could Be Your New Password

Getting Personal – Your Pulse Could Be Your New Password | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Our heartbeats are as unique to us as our fingerprints and now they are being used to replace passwords, key cards, and bank cards.
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Jessica Zepeda's comment, September 26, 2013 3:04 PM
This is seriously nuts, I don't really know how I feel about this but this makes me a little uncomfortable for some reason. The fact that my heart beat can unlock my ipad is unreal.
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Transfer a secret audio message by poking someone with your finger

Transfer a secret audio message by poking someone with your finger | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Disney researchers have developed a microphone that lets a user record a voice message and then relay that message to another person simply by touching them with a finger
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How will this invention impact today's society as well as tomorrow's? Think of the positive as well as the negative aspects.....

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Inside El Salvador's secretive prison pits where notorious gangs are crammed together like livestock in cells the size of a shed

Inside El Salvador's secretive prison pits where notorious gangs are crammed together like livestock in cells the size of a shed | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Huddled together like cattle in a cage, some of the men of El Salvador's prison pits have languished in their rancid holding cells for more than a year.
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Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s – official census

Japan's population declines for first time since 1920s – official census | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Fall of nearly one million in official figures shows that demographic problems will be a reality for country in the future
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Did a mysterious ninth planet wipe out the dinosaurs?

Did a mysterious ninth planet wipe out the dinosaurs? | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
An astrophysicist from the University of Arkansas believes the mysterious planet, that researchers provided more evidence for yesterday, could have caused mass extinctions on Earth.
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Where We Came From, State by State

Where We Came From, State by State | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 14, 2014 1:20 PM

This incredible series of interactive charts from the New York Times show where the residents of every U.S. state were born and how that data has changed over time (update: now available as an interactive map).  This graph of Florida shows that around 1900, most people living in Florida were from the South.  Around the middle of the 20th century more people from other parts of the U.S. and from outside the U.S. started moving in.  What changes in U.S. society led to these demographic shifts?  How has demographics of your state changes over the last 114 years? 

   

On the flip side, many people have been leaving California and this article charts the demographic impact of Californians on other states.  


Tags: migration, USAvisualization, census, unit 2 population.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 17, 2014 3:42 PM

APHG-U2

samantha benitez's curator insight, November 22, 2014 2:51 PM

Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years. helps show the nature of change around the United States and its impact in the enviorment.

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How 3D printing will help colonise the moon

How 3D printing will help colonise the moon | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Nasa has provided funding to the University of Southern California to develop a layered fabrication technology known as Contour Crafting.
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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
The new computing approach is based on the biological nervous system, specifically on how neurons react to stimuli and connect with other neurons to interpret information.
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RAISE Hope for Congo

RAISE Hope for Congo | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it

The war in eastern Congo began in the early 1990s and continues to this day. It has encompassed two international wars—from 1996 to 1997 and 1998 to 2003—and multiple invasions from neighboring countries, with combatants from many armed groups, both foreign and domestic. While Congo has abundant natural resources....

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In a time when so many of us depend on electronic media, I wonder if folks are truly aware of what's happening in a place far away?

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Deal struck: KC woman trades wedding rings for Chiefs tickets - KansasCity.com

Deal struck: KC woman trades wedding rings for Chiefs tickets - KansasCity.com | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Last week, a woman in Overland Park listed a wedding ring set on Craigslist that she wanted to swap for tickets to the Chiefs-Broncos game at Arrowhead on Dec. 1. On Thursday, she found a taker — and got her tickets.
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A 600-Foot-Tall City On Wheels, For When It's Time To Get Away From It All

A 600-Foot-Tall City On Wheels, For When It's Time To Get Away From It All | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Cities are so ... static. The Very Large Structure will let an urban population just roll down the road if commerce or resources dry up.
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Practical? Is this really our fate?

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Let's play God: The scientific experiments that might save the world (or destroy it...)

Let's play God: The scientific experiments that might save the world (or destroy it...) | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Two years ago this month, in a disused Norfolk airfield, a small group of scientists were preparing to undertake one of the more controversial experiments in British scientific history.
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Postal Service proposes 3-cent rate hike for stamps

Postal Service proposes 3-cent rate hike for stamps | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it

First-class postage stamps could rise to 49 cents starting in 2014 under a Wednesday proposal by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. The increase would raise about $2 billion in additional revenue a year.

Under the plan, first-class mail postage would rise 3 cents, or 6.5%. Pricing for other mail, including postcards and packages, would also rise on Jan. 26.

The Postal Service's governing board said....

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Draw a Supply & Demand Curve based on the information provided in this story.

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Scientists Create Self-Healing 'Terminator' Polymer

Scientists Create Self-Healing 'Terminator' Polymer | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
Scientists have made a materials breakthrough. They've created the first self-healing thermoset elastomer that requires no intervention to induce its repair. The findings could be huge when it comes to the creation of self-healing materials.
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Think of the various applications for this new product....

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Hubble telescope spots 'cosmic caterpillar' that's six TRILLION miles long, formed by harsh winds from some of our hottest stars

Hubble telescope spots 'cosmic caterpillar' that's six TRILLION miles long, formed by harsh winds from some of our hottest stars | Current Events Friday | Scoop.it
The protostar, which is in the midst of a metamorphosis, has been spotted by astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
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spencer fouracre wootten's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:37 PM

I think that is really cool that a "cosmic caterpillar" is over six trillion miles long. That is just so cool that we are able to know about these things with our currenttechnology. Some of the things out in space are amazing and that is amazing that we know about it. Overall, it is a cool discovery.