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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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APHG - all units

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Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 2:44 PM

This is the key to finding specific articles.

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Boost your vocabulary

Boost your vocabulary | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

It's a good idea to challenge yourself to vary your vocabulary. Pick out a few synonyms and use them in class. By doing this, you'll expose your students to these words and tou can also challenge them to do the same.


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Phrasal Verb Game 1 & 2 – Macmillan Dictionary

Phrasal Verb Game 1 & 2 – Macmillan Dictionary | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/language-games/

 

Choose the best of four prepositions to make the correct phrasal verb.

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsOne/

 

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/phrasalVerbsTwo


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:38 AM

This is probably the best of the four games I have just posted - there is a full sentence to give context, and learners choose the correct particle to complete the sentence.  

 

The game factors should help maintain motivation, so the only question that remains is retention - can/will learners remember any corrections?  Or is the reinforcement provided for the expressions they already know enough?

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Charge Your Phone With Urine? Scientists Say It's Possible Using Microbial Fuel Cells

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Often forget your phone charger? Well, scientists in the United Kingdom have devised a way to conceivably charge a mobile phone with something for users on the go -- or, more aptly, for users who have to go.

 

Researchers at the University of the West of England say it's possible to charge a phone with urine by using microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which convert waste into electricity.

 

The team tested the potential of urine power to energize a Samsung mobile device, effectively using the mechanism to make a phone call, send texts and browse the Internet, according to the Press Association. So far tests have been successful, but the team still needs to perfect the method so that MFCs can provide a full battery..........


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in a remote area of Australia Village children Invents a new Language video graphic, articles

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A linguist has concluded that a new language, with unique grammatical rules, has come into existence, created by children in a remote area of Australia.

 

Multimedia Graphic An Emerging Language xith examples

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2013/07/16/science/16language.html?ref=science  

 

@nytimesscience on Twitter

There are many dying languages in the world. But at least one has recently been born, created by children living in a remote village in northern Australia.

 

"Carmel O’Shannessy, back left, spends up to eight weeks a year in the village of Lajamanu. Gracie White Napaljarri, back right, is a Warlpiri speaker but children in her family speak Warlpiri and Light Warlpiri.

Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules.

 

The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue.

 

Dr. O’Shannessy has published several studies of Light Warlpiri, the most recent in the June issue of Language.

 

And also:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/130715/australian-youth-make-totally-new-language-called-warlpiri

 

"They have been combining their local dialect of Warlpiri with "varieties of English and/or Kriol," making for a "radical restructuring of the verbal auxiliary system" over the past three-and-a-half decades, according to O’Shannessy. ...This is a legit new language, not two tongues smashed together. As The Smithsonian explains: "So, the new language, light Warlpiri, borrows some verb structures and nouns from its parent languages, but it puts these pieces together in a new way. This is in much the same was as how many of the Romance languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian, seem to borrow words from each other while being noticeably different languages.".......


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Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands

Invention of the decade saves water AND gets dudes to wash their hands | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Presenting the sink urinal.

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« La liberté d’information souffre, il faut réagir » - Ecrans Libé

« La liberté d’information souffre, il faut réagir » - Ecrans Libé | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"L’Américain David Talbot lancera à l’automne Open America, site dont l’ambition est de créer une passerelle entre journalistes d’investigation et lanceurs d’alerte.

 

A 61 ans, David Talbot, pionnier du journalisme web aux Etats-Unis et fondateur en 1995 du site politique Salon.com, se lance dans une nouvelle aventure consacrée à l’investigation qui, avec l’affaire d’espionnage par la NSA révélée par Edward Snowden, prend tout son sens."

 

Also check http://www.icij.org/ , The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists " an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories" Among other things, they have published the secret files about tax havens.


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Also check http://www.icij.org/ , The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists " an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories" Among other things, they have published the secret files about tax havens.
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Just How Bad Is Beijing's Pollution? Hint: Crazy Bad. The Choking Skies of China's capital of 19 million - images, tweets- TheClimateDesk

Found on " "A journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate" With:  Center for Investigative Reporting, Grist, Mother Jones, Need to Know (PBS), Slate, The Atlantic,The Guardian Wired."

 

An aspect of the extraordinary toll the Chinese people  &, unsuspiciously, the planet, pays for importing & consuming ridiculously cheap goods from China.What China does to its air is definitely getting to us.

 

A video:"Beijing's Big Fog.":"Beijing commute, posted last night on China's video-hosting service, Youku.

  http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzI5MzA3MzY0.html

 

" pollution from cars and coal plants wiped whole colors from the visible spectrum. ..The sun looks like a satellite in a dying solar system. "

 

...According to the state-run China Daily, if the US standard was adopted nationwide, only 20 percent of Chinese cities would be rated as having satisfactory air quality, against the current 80 percent.


the Asia Society curated this fascinating multimedia project on Beijing's air problems and a time-lapse taken from a single Beijing apartment complex in 2009. Well worth it:

http://sites.asiasociety.org/beijingair/


newsfeed on China's air pollution from beijingair

http://sites.asiasociety.org/beijingair/#news-feed

 

Also check: China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study | @scoopit http://sco.lt/9A2J3B

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It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

It's Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country.  But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple."

 

Also check  Grey's video "Bizarre Borders 1 & 2

@scoopit http://sco.lt/5I5cdV


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:20 AM

This article is in dire needs of some maps, but it still provides 5 intriguing case studies of borders and chunks of territory that defy normal categorization.


Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:53 PM

It  is  Puzzling, but  every  human  being  chose to live in a normal,  happy  and  free  country, in a  Democratie,  if  possible.

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:20 PM

These borders and boundaries indicate something that I thought of while rewatching Independence Day (the Smith/Goldblum flick from '96)...  If we make a mess, and destroy this planet, aliens wouldn't want it.  The land that no one wants, is probably wanted by someone in reality... I am a fervent believer in aliens, and spend my free time diving into attempts to solve my quandary about the higher questions of the universe.  I think that the area that no one wants, everyone wants.  Unlike state boundaries in the US, planets are divided as separate entities from other planets, but grouped in solar systems, galaxies, asteroid belts, etc... I can't wait for the day some pompous fool gets on the bridge of a starship from Earth and sits in the captain's chair and says "Lieutenant, take us to Sector ----- (so and so)"... We will have moved up from the United States and Canada to the United Sectors of Galaxies!  And that little bit of land that 'no one wants,' everyone actually wants... same with planets.  Terraforming will allow those unsightly balls of fury that float around a star to become the most inhabitable of them all!  I wonder where these things will stop... or if it keeps going to larger sectors, endlessly? Well, we will likely encounter other species with territorial claims... play nice, America!  Or the Aliens will pop out of your stomach.  Though there are some politicians now that seem to have popped out of someone's stomach, I think the threat is more domestic while territory disputes occur nowadays, as it is humans arguing with humans, but it will increase when the Martians come to claim what is theirs.

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The generation we love to dump on

The generation we love to dump on | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Award-winning political cartoonist Matt Bors drew this comic strip after rage-reading too many millennial-bashing articles.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:45 PM

Maybe the Millenials aren't all THAT bad...

Linda Denty's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:59 AM

Loved this bit of humour.

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Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option

Sugar beet industry converts to 100% GMO, disallows non-GMO option | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

The US sugar beet industry coordinated an industry-wide conversion to genetically modified sugar beets, thus eliminating a non-GMO alternative for food manufacturers and consumers. Meanwhile, production of GM sugar beet seed is likely to contaminate organic and conventional vegetable seed production in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


Frank Morton faces a major threat to his livelihood. Morton’s business, Wild Garden Seed, which sells organic vegetable and flower seed in Philomath, Oregon, is threatened by the incursion of genetically modified sugar beets in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

 

The Willamette Valley is known as a center of seed production. The valley features fertile soil with ample water from irrigation. Winters are mild and wet and summers are dry, and not too hot. Seeds for specialty crops such as the Brassica family, which includes cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard seed, and canola are grown here, along with onions, spinach, beets, chicories, endives, chard, and many flowers. “It’s seed dreamland,” Morton says.

Unanimous decision to go GMO
The Willamette Valley is also home to all the sugar beet seed production in the United States. Two large companies, Beta Seed and West Coast Beet Seed, supply seed to sugar beet farmers in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Dakota, and other states where the beets are grown. Harvested beets are processed by seven processing companies, the biggest being American Crystal Sugar Company, based in Moorhead, Minnesota. These processors supply beet sugar, which accounts for one-half of the US sugar production, to food and candy manufacturers, such as Mars and Hershey’s.

 

Three years ago, these processors decided to convert the entire US sugar beet production to Roundup Ready genetically modified varieties, developed by Monsanto Company. The industry said farmers needed the GM beets for better weed control.

 

Unanimity was necessary, Morton says. “If any one of the beet processors...

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Narrative-based activity: Who Killed Angela Spelling « Classroom201X

Narrative-based activity: Who Killed Angela Spelling « Classroom201X | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

Nice description of a #storytelling resource from #BBCskillswise by @pysproblem81 http://bit.ly/mFxAfb #elt #esol...

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en05skim-game-the-big-scan


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BBCskillswise also has lots of resources

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Cicada wings inspire new ideas for antibacterial products

Cicada wings inspire new ideas for antibacterial products | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Here’s another reason to love cicadas: A new study has found that tiny structures on cicada wings can kill bacteria through physical and not chemical means.

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bacterial membrane disruption through nano tech

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Great potential for infection control in healthcare environments! I love it when biomimicry offers us ways to solve some of our greatest challenges.   

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Interesting, could lead to some very important discoveries in future

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6 Ways Comic Books Can Help a Child with Aspergers

6 Ways Comic Books Can Help a Child with Aspergers | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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Excellent Presentations on The very progressive Finnish education system -Pasi Sahlberg –

Excellent  Presentations on The very progressive Finnish education system -Pasi Sahlberg – | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Finnish education system by Pasi Sahlberg


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Finnish education system by Pasi Sahlberg

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European History Interactive Map


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Fascinating & Exceptional : Interactive animation The Scale of the Universe 2 From the smallest to the biggest

Fascinating & Exceptional : Interactive animation The Scale of the Universe 2 From the smallest to the biggest | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between.

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A Republican, GOP House staffer, calls for climate action -- and has to remain anonymous to keep job

A Republican, GOP House staffer, calls for climate action -- and has to remain anonymous to keep job | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

"A Republican staffer at the U.S. House has written a fervent call for conservative action on climate change, winning second place in a young conservative writing contest sponsored by the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. But he won’t be collecting his prize in person. He’s afraid to reveal his name or face.


The piece was published yesterday on the Real Clear Science website under the pseudonym of Eric Bradenson. The author explains that he is “writing under a pen name to protect his boss and himself.” Here’s how his piece kicks off:


Someone in the GOP needs to say it: conservation is conservative; climate change is real; and conservatives need to lead on solutions because we have better answers than the other side.


… conservatives have long fought to protect the natural rights and property rights of individuals, living and unborn, from infringement by environmental degradation and pollution.


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Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone - 1 of the weirdest creatures ever seen

Pyura chilensis, living rock : the closest thing to getting blood from a stone -   1  of the weirdest creatures ever seen | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
“Period Rock? You’re calling me Period Rock now? Guys, seriously, I might look like a stone, but that doesn’t mean I have the heart of one. ...

 

And also:

http://grist.org/list/crazy-living-rock-is-one-of-the-weirdest-creatures-weve-ever-seen/

 


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Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students.

Improve your food vocabulary and share it with your students. | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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Aulde de B's comment, July 17, 2013 3:47 PM
There is no link. that's it.
Teresa Carvalho's comment, July 17, 2013 9:50 PM
I'm sorry there's no link. I guess I must have copied this picture from somewhere and saved it.
Amélie Silvert's comment, July 18, 2013 12:50 AM
Ok sorry, I thought it was some kind of vergetable maker. :)
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How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline

How to easily create animations like a Pro using Basic Timeline | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
Easy Animations for the rest of us. If you ever had a tough time creating interactive content, this one is for you. The easiest application to create professional motion graphics and presentations in seconds.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:42 PM

Those who use EWC Presenter will be satisfied to discover the latest update to the tool which is a new animated timeline feature. Read the detailed explanations and tips how to work with animation on EWC Presenter.

Thanks to Payman Taei for the suggestion.

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An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park

An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it
In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.

 

"Community members march in the park.

 

"Steve Coleman remembers arriving for his first day on the job as a community volunteer for the nonprofit Parks & People in Washington, D.C., more than 20 years ago. Standing on the street corner in front of a former after-hours club, looking toward a trash-strewn, overgrown, and heavily eroded streamside park not 20 yards away, he endured the taunts of a passerby. “White boy … white boy,” the man said as he sauntered down the sidewalk.

 

Coleman, who was born in India and raised in Pittsburgh, replied in his plainspoken tone, “I do have a name.”

 

Startled, the man tried to clarify the situation. He meant no offense: The term “whiteboy” was just local vernacular for a particular psychoactive substance on offer for willing customers. He was simply touting his wares.

Susie CagleJoin Grist as we explore the wild landscapes of our cities.

 

Parks & People’s Riverside Center headquarters, it turns out, were located on the same intersection as one of the city’s most brazen illicit-drug supermarkets.

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High ideals: 6Greenpeace women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO)

High ideals:  6Greenpeace  women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

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 Whoever says that no one cares enough to protest anymore? Even as we type, six Greenpeace activists are scaling the tallest building in Western Europe, London's 1,016-foot Shard tower.

 

Sabine Huyghe from Belgium, Sandra Lamborn from Sweden, Canadian Victoria Henry, Ali Garrigan from the UK, Wiola Smul from Poland and Liesbeth Debbens from the Netherlands.

Codenamed operation "Iceclimb," the stunt is intended to raise the alarm about Shell's activities in the Artic, where the oil company has expensive plans to drill. Will the protesters make it up — and down again? Will police arrest them if they do? Follow their progress live, here."

 

And also: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23266281

 

Impressive photos here

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2360015/Six-women-scale-The-Shard-Greenpeace-protest-oil-gas-drilling-Arctic.html#ixzz2YjLpoeMc

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"Ali Garrigan even found time, and a free hand, to tweet updates during her ascent."

"The demonstrators are live-streaming the climb from helmet cameras, with birds-eye views of their ascent being broadcast live at www.iceclimb.savethearctic.org.

 

They said if they do hang the Arctic artwork it will be the highest successful installation an art project since Philippe Petit tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974."

 

"One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning: 'We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic."

 

"Billed as the #Iceclimb, Facebook users and followers of other social media were invited to follow their progress live here."

http://iceclimb.savethearctic.org/?fbshare

 

Rock stars, celebrities and even the police tweet about #iceclimb

 

"Annie Lennox@AnnieLennoxHere's an example of risking life and limb for a cause you believe in…Show your support by sharing #iceclimb

 

iceclimb.savethearctic.org BREAKING: Look up London. We’re attempting to scale the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper. More soon on #iceclimb pic.twitter.com/WCzFlIPd6t 

 

Metropolitan Police*@MetPoliceEventDon't worry London, they don't know it yet but we're preparing a kettle for @GreenpeaceUK when they reach the top of the Shard. #iceclimb"

 

 

 

 

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China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study

China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) | Scoop.it

........"Linking the Chinese pollution data to mortality statistics from 1991 to 2000, the researchers found a sharp difference in mortality rates on either side of the border formed by the Huai River. They also found the variation to be attributable to cardiorespiratory illness, and not to other causes of death."

The resea

rchers, based in Israel, Beijing, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gauged the region's air quality according to the established metric of total suspended particulates (TSP), representing the concentration of certain airborne particles per cubic meter of air.

The study concluded that...

 

Air pollution has been the subject of widespread public outrage in China since January, when Beijing's air quality index (AQI)—a similar metric to TSP—regularly exceeded 500, the scale's maximum reading, for weeks on end. On January 12, Beijing's AQI hit a record 755, 30 times higher than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization.

Past studies have established a link between air pollution and reduced life expectancy. One recent large-scale study concluded that air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010.

Yet according to Michael Greenstone, an economics professor at MIT and one of the study's authors, this study is the first......

Aso check:

 

Just How Bad Is Beijing's Pollution? Hint: Crazy Bad. The Choking Skies of China's capital of 19 million ... | @scoopit http://sco.lt/7oh865

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How Fish Swim

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Researchers have revealed some of the mechanical properties that allow undulatory fish to move so intricately, including vorticity (shown above), the rotational velocity of the fluid in the wake of the swimming fish.


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