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Covering Miami’s Rising Seas: Sensors, Public Data & Politics | Mediashift | PBS

Covering Miami’s Rising Seas: Sensors, Public Data & Politics | Mediashift | PBS | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Over the “past half-century,” The Washington Post reported in October, “average sea levels in South Florida have risen by 4 to 6 inches, an extensively documented increase that accelerated since the early 1990s.” And based on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, easily one of the most well-respected reports on climate change, by 2100, the world’s sea levels will have risen by two feet more than current levels.

The effects on Miami, where my university is based, will be devastating, a BusinessWeek story reports.

Scientists and government leaders say that they can only slow the effects, which include the silent rise of sea water that continues to push through porous limestone upon which Miami and South Florida are built.

The immediate problem, though, is that civic and economic leaders in South Florida aren’t talking about what’s ahead for us, besides the continued potential for luxury condo business and high-priced living. One might think sea level rise would be a good story for local press, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
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'The Most Significant And Least Appreciated Development In The History Of Our Species'

'The Most Significant And Least Appreciated Development In The History Of Our Species' | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

According to prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem.

In his book, Pinker writes: "The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history of our species."

And it runs counter to what the mass media is reporting and essentially what we feel in our guts.

Pinker and other experts say the reality is not painted in bloody anecdotes, but demonstrated in the black and white of spreadsheets and historical documents. They tell a story of a world moving away from violence.

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Things are not as bad as the media is reporting. But improvements must continue to be made.

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Simulations Let Readers Experience Stories for Themselves

Simulations Let Readers Experience Stories for Themselves | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Real-as-life simulation games can help readers understand the investigations we write about and the obstacles our sources face every day.
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Pew study: Half of Facebook, Twitter users find news on social media - GeekWire

Pew study: Half of Facebook, Twitter users find news on social media - GeekWire | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Pew's annual State of the Media reveals some interesting data on the relationship between social media and digital news consumption in America.
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Data Visualization: Modern Approaches | Smashing Magazine

Data Visualization: Modern Approaches | Smashing Magazine | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data - tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion.

 

Note that the date of the article is 2007. I wonder what is available now. Which data visualization tools are available today? 

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This is a good low-level data visualiation exploration. Dated 2007, though.

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You can be a 'Budget Hero' even if Congress can't

You can be a 'Budget Hero' even if Congress can't | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

A new version of Budget Hero, the online game produced by the Public Insight Network team at American Public Media and the Wilson Center's Science Technology and Innovation Program, allows you to test your own budget policy and see the effects of those cuts or increased expenses on the federal budget. Let the Bush tax cuts expire, increase revenue. Spend more on a program, see your deficit grow.

 
Policy makers on Capitol Hill are struggling to agree on how to address the nation's deficit, but just how well do you think you could do if give...
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Instead of arguing about the budget, learn about it through gaming. How well do you do? 

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