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New rice variety fights off pests

A new variety of rice (ANMI) resistant to the brown planthopper, blast, bacterial blight and cold stress, has been developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the request of the Republic of Korea.

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Drought led to demise of ancient city of Angkor

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The ancient city of Angkor — the most famous monument of which is the breathtaking ruined temple of Angkor Wat — might have collapsed due to valiant but ultimately failed efforts to battle drought, scientists find.

 

Why do societies collapse?  Often they are overextended, consume too many resources for their hinterland network to supply or they aren't able to adapt to changes to the system.  Angkor Wat, the largest urban complex of the pre-industrial world, collapsed primarily due to drought conditions and a changing ecology.  Without sufficient water resources, the network collapsed.  What other environment 'collapses' can you think of?   


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 9, 2013 8:50 PM

Scientists have found that the ancient city of Angkor failed do to drought. Angkor has a system of moats, channels, and reservoirs, so with such a system in place how could they have such a drought? Simply there water system was unable to to handle the change in climate.  

Paige McClatchy's curator insight, December 14, 2013 5:38 PM

This new study shows that even back in time people struggled with environmental challenges. We normally think of people in the past as being much more adaptive to their environments and that only in the modern age nature and humans have come into conflict. The surrender of Angkor Wat to drought shows that even though we have amazing technology today, water is still a staple of life. 

Cam E's curator insight, April 8, 12:29 PM

It's easy to forget that for most of history, even the greatest of empires were subject to the whims of the climate. The ability to survive in places where humans really shouldn't thrive is only a recent development thanks to technology, but a drought is something the mightiest army can't fight, and all the wealth in the world will not stop, without the right technology.

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'Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes'

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Each world had more interaction internally with itself than with the other, and each had good reason to think that it was at the centre of human history. And, as he points out, the intersection between these two worlds, along ...

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A woman’s worth

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The rise in technology has made it easier to know the sex of a child before birth. As they say, knowledge is power, and to know whether you should paint the room pink for the arrival of a baby girl or blue for a baby boy could be considered as such.

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newspaper map

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newspapermap | find and translate all newspapers in the world...

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For Moroccan Activists, The King's Reforms Fall Short : NPR

Morocco's King Mohammed VI responded swiftly last year to protests. He offered up a series of reforms, including changes to the constitution. But activists say the changes were limited, and they continue to push for more reforms.
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Water.org

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Over 1 billion people can stream music and videos in this increasingly technologically advanced world.  It is estimated that 1.2 billion people have access to the internet.  Simultaneously, we live in a world where 884 million people still do not have access to clean water.  The digital divide is troubling, but the fact that millions don't have access to clean water, toilets or sanitation is horrifying.  This site is one way to be a part of the solution.   


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ASeagrave's comment, January 30, 2012 2:18 PM
I cannot believe three times our entire population is somewhere in the world without clean water when all we have to do is walk to the nearest sink to get it. It's sad.
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Homeless Long Island Teenager Is Intel Competition Semifinalist

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Samantha Garvey has good reason to be the recipient of high fives and congratulations from the faculty and students in the hallways at Brentwood High School.

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Tajik Remittances From Russia up 30%

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Tajik migrants working in Russia sent to $2.96 billion in remittances to their families in Tajikistan in 2011, over 30 percent more than the previous year, National Bank Deputy Chairman Malokhat Kholikzoda said on Thursday.

 

The higher the national dependence on remittances, the worse off the country is essentially at being economically independent and viable. 


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cookiesrgreat's comment, March 13, 2012 9:10 AM
Ots hard to imagine how Tajikistan can survive with their work force living otside the country
Derek Ethier's comment, October 18, 2012 1:23 AM
Tajikstan's plight symbolizes the problems most former Soviet Republics face in a post Soviet world. Almost all of these nations have an enormous reliance upon Russia in their day to day activities. As this article states, over $2.96 billion have been sent to Tajikstan from Tajiks working in Russia. Tajikstan's economy is going to tank if it's citizens continue to be so reliant on Russia.
Elizabeth Allen's comment, December 6, 2012 11:03 PM
Yes the remittance work will hurt Tajikstan's chances of economic success. But, the workers have to provide for their families. The workers need to self-preserve, with that in mind, it is natural for them not be concerned about their home country's economics.
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The 9 Most Racist Disney Characters

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This collection comes with cultural critiques of Disney characters as well as YouTube clips to show their point.  The sad thing about see this list was that there could have been WAY more than 9 profiled.  

 

Why is it important to recognize how cultures and places are being (mis)represented?  


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A woman’s worth

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The rise in technology has made it easier to know the sex of a child before birth. As they say, knowledge is power, and to know whether you should paint the room pink for the arrival of a baby girl or blue for a baby boy could be considered as such.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Modesty Fight

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Jewish law holds men responsible for controlling their licentious thoughts about women.

 

Previously posted, was a video about ultra-Orthodox Jews who sought to enforce their brand of Judaism on more secularized Jews who lived near them.  A fight over public displays of the body, space and religion ensued.  This is an important op-ed that argues that these impositions on women are not doctrinally correct and actually objectifies women all the more. 


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Century-old 8th-grade exam: Can you pass a 1912 test?

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Here is an exam given to eighth-graders in 1912 in Bullitt County public schools in Kentucky. Can you pass it?

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Colosseum: Deconstructed — History.com Video

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Built in 70 A.D., Rome's Coloseum has been the site of celebrations, sporting events and bloodshed. Today, it's a major tourist attraction, playing host to 3.9 million visitors each year.

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Born in the USA, Made in France

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Born in the USA, Made in France: How McDonald's Succeeds in the Land of Michelin Stars by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.

 

While many portray McDonald's as the embodiment of all that is wrong with globalization, the diffusion of McDonald's is not a simple replication of the American fast food chain and exporting it elsewhere...a lot of local adaptations on a global model is part of McDonald's successful economic model.   Although I'm not a fan of the word "glocalization" to describe how local flavor adds spice to globalized phenomenon, it most certainly fits here.   


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Red or Blue? The Capital’s Great Bajaj Schism | The Jakarta Globe

Red or Blue? The Capital’s Great Bajaj Schism | The Jakarta Globe | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Love them or hate them, for decades motorized rickshaws, or bajajs, have been an inescapable part of city life, particularly for those residing in the capital.
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Haiti dreams of tourism revival

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A few Haitian officials and Donna Karan are plotting one earthquake-rattled city’s transformation.

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The future of food

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By 2050 there will be another 2.5 billion people on the planet. How to feed them? Science's answer: a diet of algae, insects and meat grown in a lab (RT @GlobalAgDev: How to feed the future and address #hunger?

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World Maps - geography online games

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World geography quizzes galore - over 250 fun online map games teach capitals, country locations, and more. Also info on the culture, history, and much more.

 

A good way to practice for the map quizzes.


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Human/Environmental Interactions

The collapse of the Aral Sea ecosystem is (arguably) the man-made environmental disaster of the 20th century.  Soviet mismanagement, water-intensive cotton production and population growth have all contributed the overtaxing of water resources in the Aral Sea basin, which has resulted in a the shrinking of the Aral Sea--it has lost more of the sea to an expanding desert than the territories of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg combined.  The health problems arising from this issues are large for the entire Aral Sea basin, which encompasses 5 Central Asian countries and it has profoundly changed (for the worse) the local climates. 


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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:49 PM

I've read about the disaster of the Aral Sea before when I was taking a class on Eurasian history, but being able to visualize it made it even more striking. It was especially striking when, at the end, the man was talking about the great paradox he sees between people who are being threatened with rising ocean levels and then his people who are threatened by the drying of the Aral. It really does show how humans impact the environment, and demonstrates that areas in which people are manual laborers, working resources, health and environmental conditions tend to be worse. 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:11 PM

This has to be one of the most telling video of an environmental disaster I have even seen.  A whole sea, 26,000 square miles, bigger than the state of West Virginia, is bascially gone due to Soviet mismanagement.  This is an environmental disaster now that the Russians do not have to deal with as it is now located in the independant country of Kazakhstan.  It effects them as well as the new countries that have come to be withthe collapse of the USSR.  Seems Russian dodged this just like Chernobyl.  This is something we need to lean from, on how not to use a natural resource until it literally has dried up.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 12:24 PM

The Aral Sea, located in Central Asia is a very important water source for the entire region.  Unfortunately, the Soviet Union designated this water sources as one which would provide water to rice and cotton crops, which are both very water-intensive crops.  This has resulted in desertification of the area due to the cyclical shrinking volume of the lake.  Sands and chemicals are now free to blow around, affecting people's health.  This is one of the best examples on earth of environmental exploitation due to a lack of environmental planning.  When the lake dries up, the inhabitants of the surrounding countries will be in huge trouble.

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Red or Blue? The Capital’s Great Bajaj Schism | The Jakarta Globe

Red or Blue? The Capital’s Great Bajaj Schism | The Jakarta Globe | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Love them or hate them, for decades motorized rickshaws, or bajajs, have been an inescapable part of city life, particularly for those residing in the capital.
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Red Soil

A short film showing through images the process of sugar cane extraction in the rural area of Brazil.

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Мой Киев ("Я їду додому" Океан Ельзи)

Great images of Kiev, Ukraine!

 

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Agriculture and climate change in India

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We stress the importance of germplasm. Wild and extant varieties have traits tolerant to high temperature, elevated CO2 etc. These might have been discarded in the past due to low yield potential but can be made use of today as parents for the breeding of tolerant varieties to climate change. There is a need to revisit gene banks with a view to searching for unique traits required for climate change. In this search, indigenous knowledge and farmer’s wisdom have immense value.


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Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 11:10 AM

I really like the idea behind India's innovation to combat climate change. They're looking to the past and using the more ancient techniques and knowledge which has existed on the Earth in the past, rather than creating an entirely new species of crop which we would not know the long-term effect of.

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Movement and Migration

Chaos inevitably erupts in China each year when millions of people swamp the transport system as they return to their hometowns for Lunar New Year celebrations. This year, authorities thought selling tickets online would make things easier.

 

The logistics of Chinese New Year is enormous.  It's the impetus for the world's largest annual migration.  


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Valorie Morgan's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:01 AM

I can understand why people are outraged. All that time on a computer, just for one lousy ticket, that could possibly not even be there? That's crazy. As Huang Qinghong stated, it's hard for some to get a hold of transportation tickets because of lack of computer knowledge. With my own parents, not knowing much about computer, I can only imagine how outraged they would be if they were presented with this situation. It shouldn't take a letter or a newspaper article for some to realize that using the internet for these resources are a HUGE challenge for some individuals. I adore the fact that we are growing with technology, although I disagree with something’s becoming "digital". I believe we could make changes with some things but we need to stay sort of "old fashion" with other techniques, just so there is less conflict in the future. 

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:02 PM

This is a fascinating article because it shows us the migration within a  country and the peoples pride for the country. As we know China is the mot populated city on earth so, of course there is going to be mayhem especially during one of the most traveled time. During the Chinese New Year many people want to travel back to their respected  homelands to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their family.