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March Madness: Make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets!

March Madness: Make your picks in the Vatican's Sweet Sistine brackets! | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
More than 100 Roman Catholic cardinals will gather in the Sistine Chapel in March. One will emerge as pope. Who will it be? The "Sweet Sistine" is our guess at the top candidates from each continent.

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KochAPGeography's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:50 AM

With more than 1billion followers, the geographic diversity of today's Catholic church is vast.  With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, questions abound as to the identity of the next pope.  The Religion News Service takes this question to the next level.  Considering the popularity of betting services around the world, the bracket concept isn't that unlikely.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:12 AM

I won't pretend to know much about Catholic sucession, but this is pretty awesome. 

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Staking a claim to create a country

Staking a claim to create a country | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“Jeremiah Heaton wants a no-man’s-land in east Africa, but international officials say his claim is insufficient.”
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The Transformation of Burning Man

The Transformation of Burning Man | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
"Burning Man takes place at the end of August every year in the barren and remote Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The weeklong festival is described by its organization as “an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.” Earth-bound photographers have chronicled the legacy of art, technology, design, and fashion at the event over the years, but we at Skybox wanted to know if we could capture the transformation of the city from space, with our constellation of SkySats. This is the result:A full-fledged city of population 70,000, “Black Rock City” is built up in a matter of days, experienced for a single week, and disassembled just as quickly, leaving no trace."
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The Next America

The Next America | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.”
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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.”
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Rosling's Factpod - Why did Ebola Spread in West Africa?

Excellent study tells how the spread of Ebola started in West Africa. Data source: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6202/1369.full
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Ecuador to tax fast food in effort to halt soaring obesity rate

Ecuador to tax fast food in effort to halt soaring obesity rate | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Ecuador is set to become the latest Latin American nation to crack down on junk food after President Rafael Correa promised a new tax to slim the South American nation’s bulging waistlines.”
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Growth of Mobile Phone Use for Agriculture Markets | Big Picture Agriculture

Growth of Mobile Phone Use for Agriculture Markets | Big Picture Agriculture | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
This was a rather impressive map and statistics from CME group showing the rapid growth of mobile device use accessing markets. I might add that though I haven’t kept track of numbers, it seems that rather suddenly many of this site’s readers are also now accessing through mobile phones. (The current percent for this site is 40 percent mobile devices but I’ve seen some days higher than that.)Here’s what CME had to say…Click headline to read more--
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Millennium development goals: how much do you know? – Quiz

Millennium development goals: how much do you know? – Quiz | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ There are only 500 days until the MDGs, established to tackle the world's biggest problems, expire”
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dilaycock's curator insight, August 19, 12:22 AM

Useful quiz to serve as a stimulus for discussion of the MDGs - whther they have been achieved and what will replace them.

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Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Parking lots are the offspring of car culture: "Freakonomics » Parking Is Hell" http://t.co/NIm7TLAYMP #urban #planning #aphg”
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Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries

Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Half of the world’s population lives in just six countries. But in many cases, the world’s major religious groups are even more concentrated.”
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Where China and Kazakhstan Meet

Where China and Kazakhstan Meet | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
"While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash. The border between the two countries is defined by land-use policies. In China, land use is intense. Only 11.62 percent of China’s land is arable. Pressed by a need to produce food for 1.3 billion people, China farms just about any land that can be sustained for agriculture. Fields are dark green in contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, a sign that the agriculture is irrigated. As of 2006, about 65 percent of China’s fresh water was used for agriculture, irrigating 629,000 square kilometers (243,000 square miles) of farmland, an area slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The story is quite different in Kazakhstan. Here, large industrial-sized farms dominate, an artifact of Soviet-era agriculture. While agriculture is an important sector in the Kazakh economy, eastern Kazakhstan is a minor growing area. Only 0.03 percent of Kazakhstan’s land is devoted to permanent agriculture, with 20,660 square kilometers being irrigated. The land along the Chinese border is minimally used, though rectangular shapes show that farming does occur in the region. Much of the agriculture in this region is rain-fed, so the fields are tan much like the surrounding natural landscape." Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, food, agriculture, agricultural land change.
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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines”
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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 10:16 AM

new vocabulary for us all and unit 5!

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:27 PM

APHG-Unit 4

Shawn Wright's curator insight, September 7, 8:20 AM

The  Nagoya protocol is an international biological diversity convention. The protocol would at it's core require permission, acknowledgment of source knowledge  or practice and compensation for the use of cultural wisdom.


i don't see Nagoya as a perfect solution - there is a lot of room for language interpretation so slick corporate lawyers will find ways to legally cheat indigenous peoples from their share but I do see it as at least A small step in the right direction.   


The World Health Organisation estimates that 4 billion people, 80% of the world's population, use herbal medicine in primary healthcare. 


Cherokees Believe and have practiced healing from plant and water for thousands of years. Every and any human sickness has a plant who can cure it. Every plant in the world has a purpose if we but learn to hear and understand what that is - there are no weeds to the Cherokee.


Yona Shawn

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▶ Humans Need Not Apply - YouTube

“ Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/2dfh5v/humans_need_not_apply/ http://www.CGPGrey.com/ https://twitter.com/cgpgrey ## Robots, Etc...”
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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 16, 10:17 PM

This is why you need to do your homework and develop your brain to prepare for a high skilled job.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 22, 10:38 PM

AP motivation

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America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young

America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
"Although we seldom think about them this way, most American communities as they exist today were built for the spry and mobile. We've constructed millions of multi-story, single-family homes where the master bedroom is on the second floor, where the lawn outside requires weekly upkeep, where the mailbox is a stroll away. We've designed neighborhoods where everyday errands require a driver's license. We've planned whole cities where, if you don't have a car, it's not particularly easy to walk anywhere — especially not if you move gingerly.This reality has been a fine one for a younger country. Those multi-story, single-family homes with broad lawns were great for Baby Boomers when they had young families. And car-dependent suburbs have been fine for residents with the means and mobility to drive everywhere. But as the Baby Boomers whose preferences drove a lot of these trends continue to age, it's becoming increasingly clear that the housing and communities we've built won't work very well for the old."
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How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF

How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Older. And that should be a good thing for Republicans.”
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Satellite image - Dust and Clouds Dance Over the Sahara

Satellite image - Dust and Clouds Dance Over the Sahara | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world, and more than half of the dust deposited in the ocean lifts off from these arid North African lands. Saharan dust influences the fertility of Atlantic waters and soils in the Americas. It blocks or reflects sunlight and affects the formation of clouds. By way of the dry Saharan air layer, dust either promotes or suppresses the development of Atlantic hurricanes, an enigma that scientists are trying to sort out.
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The world as it is: The influence of religion

The world as it is: The influence of religion | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
"Seldom has it been more important for Americans to form a realistic assessment of the world scene. But our current governing, college-­educated class suffers one glaring blind spot. Modern American culture produces highly individualistic career and identity paths for upper- and middle-class males and females. Power couples abound, often sporting different last names. But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer culture, educated Americans are often widely traveled but not deeply rooted in obligation to a particular physical place, a faith or a kinship."
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There’s An Amazing House In Tehran Whose Rooms Rotate 90° To Adapt To The Weather

There’s An Amazing House In Tehran Whose Rooms Rotate 90° To Adapt To The Weather | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ Tehran-based architectural studio Next Office are the brains behind the Sharifi-ha House, which features motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees to face entirely in or out at the push of a button, depending on the occupants' mood or the weather.”
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AT&T: we are ‘intrigued’ by Mexico, Latin America | TeleGeography.com

AT&T Inc is ‘intrigued’ by the expansion opportunities presented by Latin America, and Mexico in particular, chief strategy officer John Stankey has admitted. According to Reuters, Stankey declined to comment on media reports linking AT&T to certain America Movil (AM) assets in Mexico, but conceded: ‘I think we would be asleep at the wheel [if we were not interested] and we are not historically known to do that … So yes, we are intrigued by it … and I think when you are in the M&A game, you learn that you can’t always force your timing. Sometimes timing has to come to you. And exactly how that is going to work out – who knows?’As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, AM owner Carlos Slim is ready to sell off parts of his Mexican telecoms business in an effort to cut his company’s market share across the sector below the 50% mark, thus avoiding regulations that apply only to dominant players, and cease being a ‘preponderant economic agent’.Yesterday it was reported that AM had contacted four potential suitors – AT&T Inc, Softbank Corp of Japan, Bell Canada and China Mobile – with a view to selling Telmex and Telcel assets in a strip of states from north to south, along Mexico’s eastern coast. The package has been valued at USD20 billion.
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Maternal mortality? It’s just poor African and Asian women dying

Maternal mortality? It’s just poor African and Asian women dying | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
"With 500 days until the deadline for the millennium development goals (MDGs), goal number five – to reduce by three-quarters the number of maternal deaths, and achieve universal access to family planning – is the furthest from being reached. A study published in the Lancet in May (pdf) concluded that only 16 countries are on track to reach the target by the end of 2015."
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Globalization II - Good or Bad?: Crash Course World History #42

“ In which John asks whether globalization is a net positive for humanity. While the new global economy has created a lot of wealth, and lifted a lot of people...”
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What, exactly, does 'Made in the USA' mean?

What, exactly, does 'Made in the USA' mean? | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ "Made in the USA" is a powerful label, but you'd better be sure you use it correctly.”
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Why all men should be able to read a map

Why all men should be able to read a map | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ New research suggests that map reading is a dying skill in the age of the smartphone. Perish the thought, says Rob Cowen”
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Toilets: 2.5bn people go without – a 99-second video animation

Toilets: 2.5bn people go without – a 99-second video animation | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“ More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world”
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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Horn APHuG | Scoop.it
“Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.”
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