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'Serendipitous Interaction' Key To Tech Firms' Workplace Design : NPR

'Serendipitous Interaction' Key To Tech Firms' Workplace Design : NPR | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Executives have recently focused attention on Silicon Valley's workplace culture. While companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo operate by their own set of rules, what happens there may influence how many Americans work.
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Will the "Google bump" and long lunch lines become part of the national work force culture? Interesting podcast on the role of Silicon Valley serving as a bellwether for other companies across the nation.

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Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, May 28, 4:52 PM
Humans change landscapes
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"Lest we ever forget"... 

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 2, 4:47 PM

A geographical perspective of World War 1.

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World Population Day Message 2014 - YouTube

On 11 July, as communities everywhere observe World Population Day, UNFPA is calling for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth.

 

For more information: http://www.unfpa.org/public/world-population-day/


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Map - Amazonia

Map - Amazonia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Amazonia covers most of tropical South America east of the Andes Mountains. Primarily rainforest, the region includes some of the densest vegetation on Earth. This map shows average August plant density and greenness in South America. Beige areas indicate sparse vegetation, while dark green areas represent dense vegetation. NASA satellite vegetation maps revealed that the Amazon is greener in the dry season than the rainy season, defying conventional wisdom. (Map by Robert Simmon, based on data from the University of Arizona Terrestrial Biophysics and Remote Sensing Lab.)


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Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash 

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash  | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day.
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MReese Geo's curator insight, July 10, 7:12 AM

Makes you think about where the trash is going and what's its doing to the environment.

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Three hurt, one seriously, in Pamplona bull run

Three hurt, one seriously, in Pamplona bull run | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
No one was gored at the San Fermin festival's running of the bulls, but a 23-year-old Englishman was left in serious condition
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NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time

NOVA | Human Numbers Through Time | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Examine global population growth over the past two millennia, and see what's coming in the next 50 years.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 8, 6:47 AM

Good visual on population growth over time

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New York City Musical References, Mapped

New York City Musical References, Mapped | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
As the nation's cultural mecca, New York City has been honored by musicians inside and outside the five boroughs. They invoke its streets and namecheck its neighborhoods in song after song. 
Wikipedia hosts a list of songs about New York City.
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China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm

China’s hungry cattle feasting on alfalfa grown on Utah farm | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
China has long depended on the U.S. breadbasket, importing up to $26 billion in U.S. agricultural products yearly. But increasingly, Chinese investors aren’t just buying from farms abroad. They’re buying the farms.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 6, 2:36 PM

Globalization is often described as a homogenizing force, but is also pairs together odd bed fellows.  A small Utah town near the Colorado border, Jensen is now home to the largest Chinese-owned hay farm in the United States. Utah's climate is right for growing alfalfa, and China's growing cattle industry make this a natural global partnership.  Large container ships come to the United States from China, and return fairly empty, making the transportation price relatively affordable.  While this might make economic sense on a global scale, local water concerns in the west show that this isn't without it's problems.  Water resources are scarce and many see this as a depletion of local water exported to China.  Some states see this as a threat and are considering banning foreign ownership of farmland.  This article shows the merging of various geographic themes: the global and local, the industrial and the agricultural, the human and the physical.         


Tags: agriculture, agribusinesstransportation, globalizationwaterChinaindustry, economic, physical, Utah.

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6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will

6 Lessons Travel Teaches You That College Never Will | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Many would-be college students are ditching their knapsacks and textbooks for rucksacks and guidebooks. But is putting your future on hold for a year of travel the best idea?...

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Map: Here's how much every country spends on food

Map: Here's how much every country spends on food | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Americans spend 7% of their budget on food. Pakistanis spend 47%.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 6, 11:21 AM

And we think food is expensive. 

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50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Languages - Edudemic

50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Languages - Edudemic | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Do you think you know everything there is about language? Test your knowledge with these many obscure facts about languages!

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Castello di Brolio: Birthplace of the world's finest wine

Castello di Brolio: Birthplace of the world's finest wine | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
After champagne, Chianti is probably the best-known wine in the world and Castello di Brolio in Tuscany is where it was invented. Allen Pizzey reports from the birthplace of one of the world's most popular wines.
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This Is the Traffic Capital of the World

This Is the Traffic Capital of the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
There are only 650 major intersections here—but somehow only 60 traffic lights.

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Teresa Gallego Navarro's curator insight, July 7, 3:43 AM

¿movilidad urbana?  -¿algo habrá que gestionar aquí?

 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, July 7, 7:45 AM

seth dixon:This is an excellent article to explore some of the problems confronting megacities.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, July 9, 10:01 PM

Megacities

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Where the World's Young People Live

Where the World's Young People Live | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Today is World Population Day—a UN holiday, like International Day of Friendship and World Toilet Day, that pretty much all of us can get behind.
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The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030

The World's Biggest Cities Will Be in Asia and Africa by 2030 | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New York, Osaka, and Sao Paulo won't even make the top 10.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, Today, 10:15 AM

Good article for the Urban Unit. Mega cities of the world are growing in Asia and Africa as some MDC are seeing a decline in population and more slowly growing cities.

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Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level

Drought Drains Lake Mead to Lowest Level | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The largest reservoir in the U.S. falls to its lowest water level in history, Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced a bill title and issued a press release on July 8 calling for an 'independent scientific and economic audit of the Bureau of Reclamation’s strategies for Colorado River management.'" This week’s history-making, bad-news event at Lake Mead has already triggered lots of news stories, but almost all of these stories focus on the water supply for Las Vegas, Phoenix and California. But what about the health of the river itself? Tags: physical, fluvial, drought, water, environment.


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Japan protests China paper's map of atomic bomb clouds

Japan protests China paper's map of atomic bomb clouds | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Official says depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in map of Japan "rattled the nerves of atomic bomb survivors and their families"
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Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city

Can’t stand the heat? Come to world’s first climate-controlled city | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Dubai has already earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries with its architecture, having built the world’s tallest building, a hotel shaped like a sail and a palm tree‑shaped archipelago of luxury properties.

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Google Street View Pulls Its First Cruise Ship Aboard

Google Street View Pulls Its First Cruise Ship Aboard | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
 Google has added the first sea vessel to Street View’s roster of panoramically surveilled and stitched places, with a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship getting 20,000 close ups so that armchair surfers can take a virtual tour of the...
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Running of the bulls in Pamplona

Running of the bulls in Pamplona | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Festival of San Fermin begins in Pamplona, Spain
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Some meals on offer in McDonald's abroad may come as asurprise

Some meals on offer in McDonald's abroad may come as asurprise | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Don’t be fooled into thinking that a meal in McDonald's when you're on holiday is going to be the same as at home. Different countries have their own additions, designed to appeal to local tastes.

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Geography in the News: Fire Ants, Surviving and Thriving

Geography in the News: Fire Ants, Surviving and Thriving | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Fire Ants: Surviving and Thriving Summer is in full swing and an invasive pest is making life miserable for residents, visitors and native and domestic animals across the southern United States. Fire ants have an incredible ability to survive and geographically expand their territories…

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Neal G. Lineback's curator insight, July 6, 11:18 AM

Fire ants are a scourge, but they survive and thrive by some surprising techniques.

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Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com

Why China Will Reclaim Siberia - NYTimes.com | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Like love, a border is real only if both sides believe in it. And on both sides of the Sino-Russian border, that belief is wavering. By Frank Jacobs.

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China publishes new map

China publishes new map | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

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Susan Kelly's curator insight, July 6, 6:22 PM

Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 6, 7:01 PM

It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 7, 9:59 AM

Great for geographical discussions on why maps are important, how maps are used, etc.   

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Video: Working the Fields for Their Future

Mendota High School football players, who start their day picking produce, dream of a better life.
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Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game - CityLab

Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game - CityLab | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
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Become Instantly Addicted to This Google Maps Geography Trivia Game
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We've played quite a few great Google Maps-based games in the last year.
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