This is absolutely mind boggling. How were people supposed to survive this in the first place? The interesting point about this is that London in majority of its areas does not seem like it was ever hit by so many bombs to begin with. It puts into perspective just how a place can be affected and how it can improve and move on from those events. Incredible.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio — the same team that recently brought us an animation of the moon as it will appear from Earth for each hour of 2012 — has also released a stunning video called “Perpetual Ocean,” a time lapse of the world’s ocean currents as calculated by the ECCO2 computational model.
This is an stunning visualization of ocean currents. Thanks for the suggestion!
This video is pretty awesome! I love how it shows the different ways that the currents move around the continents and in mid ocean. How are we not to expect for natural phenomenoms to be unpredictable when our oceansa re the same. i would have never expected to see so many idfferent flows and currents but they do exist. It gives you a look into how are planet works and also gives you a chilling thought of how easily a ship would get lost in deep ocean waters. - M. Carvajal
The Mekong River was once a wild and primitive backwater. Today, growing demands for electricity and rapid economic growth are changing the character of what is the world's 12th-longest river.
Economic progress for some often entails job loss and environmental degradation for others. The once isolated and remote Mekong is experiences some impacts of globalization with residents having mixed feelings about the prospects.
There must be a better way to transport items and in return save the Mekong river from being degredated. Technological innovations are affecting the life in the river as local fishermen are seeing less and less fish traveling in the river. This is impacting them in the sense that they use these fish for their survival as well as for selling. They fear that in building dams and creating advanced roads over the Mekong will change their enviroment altogether and will hinder their livelihood. This is a beautiful river and I personally feel there could be a better way but there is always something sacrficed when the government choses a location to build on. - M. Carvajal
A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country's poorest people.
This clip is brimming with classroom potential. Development is a key component to this clip, but it could also become a service learning project as students adopt a great project to help others in more difficult financial situations. Learn more about the project at: http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/
This is absolutely amazing...to see how people think of new innovative ways to create simple gadgets that will serve as a source for them to live by. The fact that prices for certain services push people to find new ways of receiving the same service is sad but at the same time it stimulates people to try. I am fascinated at how much a person can do with their two hands. Very nice. - M. Carvajal
With only about a third of Hamas rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome, Israeli civilians now have another means of protection – two smartphone apps that warn of incoming rockets and locate the nearest air raid shelters.
All there is really to say is that technology is indeed an advancement that has served thousands of people worldwide. New and innovative ways to keep people alert is amazing. I wonder however, if the apps themselves have been tested and if in fact they are reliable. I would personally stick to siren. - M.Carvajal
As the IDF’s bombardment of Gaza continues into its seventh day, both Hamas and Israel are waging a digital war to shape public opinion. Both sides have made extensive use of social media as a platform for warmongering rhetoric.
Anoher scoop to link it with a twitter post. This video shows us the mentality that certain people have about how Palestinians should be treated. However the man objective is to show us what outcomes have come from this Israel/Gaza conflict and more importantly how the media is more involved in this matter then before. Personally, the media should not be source for conflicts nor conflict resolutions. Hopefully this serves as lesson for future issues that may arise in this area. - M.Carvajal
"I honestly believe that we see the rest of the world like it functions like us, or they are just poor and have their own systems. Even if the latter is true, we assume that if we were to visit, they would understand what we are asking and that finding a location would be easy because we have a map. This video reminds me of a visit I made to El Salvador in which street have names however in certain places it goes in this order:
2. Village Blocks (ex. 1, 2, 3...16, 17)
3. Passage (1,2,3 etc) within Block
4. House number
So different places in the world have their own address systems and they may feel like our system is just as strange as we see theirs.
As far as doctors go, it would make it easy for someone to pay when they are better then when they are sick. You have to remember that if a person is sick and does not have sick pay then they will not have enough for food and a doctors bill." - M.Carvajal
This video is absolutely phenomenal in the sense that it provides its viewers with a look into what many do for a daily living that is most likely less than $3 a day. (not saying that this is the case here) We also have to see how China is blatantly cutting corners by not implementing worker safety regulations. This alone saves them the money that they would not have to pay for any injuries on the job. Risking lives for a very low income and to live in a bad enviroment hardly seems worth it but for many this is what they NEED to do in order to put food on the table. Now, it isn't only China that has gone through this. Many countries have started off this way and later incorporated regulations that they must abide by. China however, has a booming economy in which it should worry about its workers since they are they ones who are building/demolishing in order to create better locations for companies to occupy. In a government where your whole ambition is to gain money and interest, the lives of a few are not important (or so it seems). -M.Carvajal
A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.
It seems like this is inevitable for many megacities especially in places like Dhaka where there are no jobs unless you live in the city. One of the issues not mentioned here is the potential for crimes, murders etc. The slums are full, the conditions are getting worse. What does this mean for families that have more then two children? The water is contaminated because its used as waste water, trash and harsh chemicals go into it as well yet people who can't afford to pay have to bathe and drink from it The health issues that will come from this are many. It is hard to believe but it is happening and with the constant enviromental issues, matters will only get worse. -MC
The results of India's once-in-a-decade census reveal a country of 1.2 billion people where millions have access to the latest technology, but millions more lack sanitation and drinking water.
Listening to this makes you wonder what the priorities are for some people. Granted many are investing in the latest technology and it is boosting the economy, wouldn't a family chose to save what they have and invest on sanitation changes within their own home? Many would not be able to because the government probably has to make changes to the infrastructureto allow this but in areas where you can, why not invest on this rather then getting a luxury item? For some, investing in technology is worth it because they have never had anything like that but there is always an updated model of anything you buy. Again, I understand that sometimes no changes can be made unless the government is involved in it but for a country that has a high percentage of people without toilets, I would see to fixing this issue. The money is being received through from the purchases people are making, so what is the real delay? Would this not increase jobs as well?
From http://www.witness.org | "Awaiting Tomorrow" tells the story people living with HIV/AIDS in the war-torn Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo...
This video alone quite frankly is very touching. To see how people still live in poverty and still have the hope to live long, to make it through their adversity and more importantly to inspire others. This man lives with AIDS but he can not receive the adequate medication because his family is poor. It is sad to hear that there have been appeals to the government and head of health in the Congo to help build a center where people with Aids can go for medication. & yet no response has been given and no help is being provided. Granted the country is torn in war, but why not help those who need it seeing as this issue is affecting so many. It's not a recent issue as the man stated in the video, and all they are truly asking for is a chance to live longer than what is expected. They want to inspire others to pursue their dreams regardless of the predicament they may be in. That alone serves as motivation for anyone. Economically it may hinder but at the same time it could give the country people who will work while so many have passed due to the wars. If I saw a president who is giving someone I know the chance to live, I would work twice as hard and would vote because it proves that he/she cares for the people. -M.Carvajal
It is so interesting to see the different layers and the structure of this landmark. Istanbul has been dominated by both christian and muslim faith yet this has remained. The intricate designs represent a rich historical culture. The location itself has been a basilica then a mosque and now it is a museum. Just looking for additional pictures and information about the Hagia Sophia you will see an array of architecture that is pleasing to the eye. --M. Carvajal
A World Report Viewfinder from inside the tunnels that connect blockaded Gaza to the outside world...
Why are tunnels from Egypt to Gaza forming? How is Israel's policies a part of this phenomenon?
"It's sad to see that in order for these people to survive, they have to build these tunnels and put themselves at risk of death. Unfortunately, the situation between both countries is still at no better point then it was a few years ago. people have to build tunnels to be able to sell things withing the walls of Gaza and make a living to travel back and feed their families. The fact that this is even an option puts into perspective how people around the world struggle to survive. Understandably, Israel would have their government monitoring the tunnels and getting rid of them whenever found. The transfering in of ammunition and weapons poses a threat but at the same time, they have to see who the buyers of these goods are. You can't only blame one side if the other is supporting by buying them. The point of the video is for the viewer to understand to what extreme the issue has gotten to and to see how people put their lives in danger on a daily to be able to make a days living. Building the tunnels is dangerous as it is, now imagine having to spend majority of your day in them not knowing whether or not you will make it back home." - M.Carvajal
March 26, 2012—In a state-of-the-art submersible, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and filmmaker James Cameron reached the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, breaking a world record for the deepest solo dive.
This is amazing! I love the fact there isalways one person willing to rishk his own life just to gain more knowledge of the world we live in. The Mariana Trench is definteley a scary place and by it being the deepest trench in the world, I can see why not many would consider going down there. I am looking forward to the release of any videos that may come from this expedition he took. - M. Carvajal
Not only is the ocean full of diverse wildlife but the fact they have been able to camoflouge with their enviroment is amazing. Australia seems to be the home of many different types of wildlife on land and in the ocean. It would be interesting if there could be a google earth view of australias coral reefs and wildlife. - M. Carvajal
Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.
The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network. This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable.
"This other video of the poeple in Jakarta shows us how people have to in a sense ignore all laws that could indeed get them in much trouble. Traffic jams are annoying as it is for us when the we're stuck for more than fifteen minutes. Living in Jakarta, being stuck in traffic for an hour is a normal thing on a daily. We see that there are strict regulations for people to have a certain amount of individuals in a car in order to enter the rush hour. It has forced many who are uneomployed to be the extra people in a car but for a price. No matter what you may think, the price is very low. Others have purchased bikes and use them as taxis to maneuver people through the traffic. This is also illegal. What will happen as the increase in population goes up in this city? Very interesting." - M. Carvajal
On my last afternoon in Bagan, I went in search of a meal that would serve as both lunch and dinner, before boarding my flight...
First and foremost the fact that this man was recommended to go down a dirt path road to find a restaurant is incredible. Based on his observations, it doesnt seem like it is a place a restaurant would be and even so, it was recommended to him. What is best about this article is how a simple restaurant owner knew how to effectively communicate and also provided an inside look to the mentality of how some Burmese people think. It is good to see that he opened up and explained how proud he was to be from Burma, especially with the fact the Robbie Williams made a song and within that song mentioned Mandalay. He also speaks of a ban in the country that doesnt allow for the buying of western music or anything that is not from Burma. This restriction is a little extreme for my taste but to each their own. I am glad to see that one man can inspire people to learn more of what is out in the world and more importantly his story gives us a glimpse of what may come. I feel as though the more people know about the world, the more they interact and benefit from tourists, researches etc...the more the government will open up to allowing things outside of their political, social realm. - M.Carvajal
Palestinian militants have fired two rockets at Jerusalem, setting off warning sirens for the second time since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.
Scooping off my twitter again...
This article is interesting because it shows us how military forces quickly respond. In this situation the response was quick and efficient so that those citizens knew what was happening when they heard the sirens. What is very interesting however is that the perception of the Hamas military capabilites was far more then what they expected. In a sense, this thought alone, has now raised awareness to military forces to be prepared for any and all possible situations. Politically we see how different politicians meet to bring an end to this issue.. Hillary Clinton is one who will meet with local government leaders to find a solution, and somehow use some american influence to bring a calm to both sides involved. How much of an influence do we have and what does this mean for other nations who are watching this happen? -M. Carvajal
A UN relief agency has shot down allegations levied by the IDF via an animated film posted on their official YouTube channel saying Hamas used UN schools and facilities to fire rockets at Israel.
"Had postede on twitter but needed to scoop on my own page. This is very interesting to see how both sides can use the internet to have media war. They do not however realize that certain comments and actions can affect an agency negatively and therefore bring a bad image to said agency who is probably not even involved in the issue. Not only this but to use the internet to influence people on supporting your point of view is wrong. I say this because misinformation is the key issue in many political and social matters." - M. Carvajal
360° panoramic photography by Harbert F. Austin Jr.. Visit us to see more amazing panoramas from Japan and thousands of other places in the world.
A very eye opening panoramic photo of how easily one simple bomb can destroy thousands of lives in a blink of an eye. Not only this but how easily a whole landscape is transformed because of such an event. Many forget. This was literally the end of the world for many much like the tsunami that also hit in Japan. -M. Carvajal
January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.
This article is interesting because from the perspective of the two women interviewed, it does not seem like they are sad or worried that they are the "leftovers" of society. In fact, they hold themselves to high standard and believe that they can still find someone who will meet their expectations. This is because they are normally well employed and well educated. Many women are also called "leftovers" because they are in their late 20's or in their 30's. Men seek younger women but you also have to understand that because of the one-child policy, finding a woman could also be very hard. There are more men in the rural areas who are also staying single because the availability of women & "leftover" women is for those men who have a steady career and a good income. Not only this, while very few want to marry for love, the reality is, you need to have something to offer a woman for them to marry you. Many are interested in cars, homes, bank accounts etc.
As prices have increased in China for apartments, homes and other necessities a person from a rural area who farms for a living would not be able to "impress" someone who lives in the city. Even if the woman lives in a rural area, she is most likely trying to get out of poverty and would not take you on an offer for marriage. Basically what we can take away from this article is that because of the economic necessity, many women are in higher paying jobs that require them to seek someone of equal or higher pay, and others are waiting for the "one." - M.Carvajal
Documented by an aid worker, millions of spiders took to the trees to spin their webs after heavy floods inundated Pakistan in 2010.
Its interesting to see how spiders have had to change to their enviroment as the floods devastated many in 2010. Spiders have had to in a way get used to dealing with the waters but they have had a great beneficial impact on the human race. With spiders moving to higher grounds, they have been able to decrease the amount of Malaria cases which affect so many in these areas. We rarely consider how insects and animals are affected when a natural disaster hits but this was interesting to think about. Something that should be mentioned or researched is how many of these spiders can pose a threat to humans that may still be in that area? You can solved the malaria issue but hopefully not at the risk of another problem. -M.Carvajal
The article itself fully explains the necessity for a supportive community, government and people when it comes down to education and healthcare.
To get straight to the point, if there is an abundance of help and donation to devloping countries so that they may build medical infrastructures and educational ones, then we can see a prosperous future in everyone's economy. People will have the accessibility to quality healthcare that is provided by educated individuals who probably did not have the chance before. By creating better jobs, better educational facilities, roads, water resources, food etc. A country provides a reason for people to try and do better with their lives. Those who did not have medication before would receive it and they too would then be a part of the working class. In order accomplish this there has to be a group of people who are willing to invest money and time into making this a reality. The more countries are able to produce goods and have people that can work in health, education, agriculture etc...the more each country can trade and increase survival rates plus economy. You have to give to receive.
Women will receive proper healthcare for their issues and pregnancies. Families will not be subject to hygiene diseases because they would have sanitation rooms in their homes and they would have a system where waste would go elsewhere. This is all possible but someone has to be willing to try. --M.Carvajal
This is very interesting because it shows the percentage of females that are likely to advance with an education and not contract aids. It also shows the percentage of females that do end up with AIDS because of the lack of education they receive. However, we must consider that in any third world country there is some type of knowledge about what deadly diseases are no matter how "uneducated" a female (person) can be. Many say that it is up to schools to educate people on the diseases that exist and though this may be true, now it seems like HIV/AIDS is known world wide. Many females that do end up dropping out of school are because they indeed become pregnant at an age where they have to work. Though educated women will provide the valuable information to their children about how to protect themselves, it is inevitable that an accident may happen where blood may be swapped or even worse there is some sexual interaction with a person carrying the disease. No matter how advanced we may feel to be, no matter how knowledgeable a person is, we run the risk at any given moment. I agree that education is key, the educated women will know more then one who doesn't, but lets not leave everything to schooling. I learned about HIV/AIDS through my parents who also knew about it from their parents. So its information that can be passed down as well. None the less it was informative. --M.Carvajal
King Abdullah announced on Sunday that Saudi women will be allowed to vote and run for office in municipal elections beginning in 2015.
Many take for granted the privelege of driving. For some, they consider it a right as a citizen of XYZ country. Saudi women however, see it as a necessity in certain cases and in other cases they do not want said privelege. It shows how strict the laws over women are in Saudi Arabia that in the age we're in, they are still denied the simplest of things. The fear is that woman will become independent. They will start looking for jobs and having the mentality that they can do anything and do not have to rely on a man. This is something that most men fear in Saudi Arabia and want to prevent from happening. This would bring a new more westernized culture which clearly goes against all their traditions.
From a political standpoint many feel as though the right to vote for women will never happen. That Kng Abdullah can change his mind or his successor may go back on his word by 2015. What if does go through with his word? Is he possibly trying to score points with the female population so that they do vote for his successor and others? This is something to ponder. In all, I believe it will take time for the change to happen as it did here in the US, but it would be economically beneficial if the traditions were not so strict and women could be entitled to work in areas where men were not needed. M.Carvajal