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Does Chopping Down Forests Spread Diseases?

A young scientist in Panama devises a novel way to study ticks and disease
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Interesting study related to medicine and diffusion 

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▶ The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1 - YouTube

Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit http://store.dftba.com/products/crashcourse-world-history-the-complete-series-dvd-set to buy a set ...
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London 2012 Opening Ceremony - Pandemonium (Industrial Revolution Section) - YouTube

BBC Commentary. Sorry for the naff quality. Didn't configure the render properly :/ The track is by Underworld and is called And I Will Kiss. http://en.wikip...
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Robber barons and silicon sultans

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IN THE 50 years between the end of the American civil war in 1865 and the outbreak of the first world war in 1914, a group of entrepreneurs spearheaded America’s...
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What Baby Boomers' Retirement Means For the U.S. Economy

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For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming -- it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. Tha...
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▶ Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30 - YouTube

John Green teaches you the history of the world in 42 episodes!
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▶ The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24 - YouTube

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▶ Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners. Crash Course: World History #21 - YouTube

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Exploration and Discovery - God, Gold, and Glory

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▶ The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation: Crash Course World History #217 - YouTube

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Mughals from 1600-1800 in India Mughals - Persian, Arabic word for Mongals Period of Taj Mahal & consolidated Muslim rule over India.

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A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

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"In a paper published Thursday in Science, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude that instead of leveling off in the second half of the 21st century, as the UN predicted less than a decade ago, the world's population will continue to grow beyond 2100."


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NeoMalthusians will gloat over this. How much population can the earth support? Thank goodness we are thinking human beings and when faced with a challenge, we begin to problem solve. Time to get started!

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Miles Gibson's curator insight, December 21, 2014 9:25 PM
Unit 2 population and migration
This article releases threatening information about how the world's population is going to keep expanding for another hundred years or more. This could mean a few billion more people on earth. This will make our water and food supply not be able to support the population.
This article relates to unit 2 because it proves that malthus's theories may be correct. The world may become to large for it's food supply and overgrow the earth. Also that the population expansion is a key concept of unit 2 overall relating this article to unit 2.
Caroline Ivy's curator insight, March 14, 5:41 PM

This unit focuses on immigration and population. This article shows the aftermath of both. 

 

The Earth's population is currently at about 7.1 billion people. By the time people of my generation are old and ailing, we'll be at about a 35% increase! We can't even feed ourselves now. How will we feed 11 Billion? 

 

Scientists stress the importance of education—especially women in developing countries—and believe the problem can be controlled and dealt with. 

 

There are many issues that are sure to come in the advancing years—regarding ethics, politics, human rights, of course—but there is no way to be sure. 

 

Buckle Up, everyone. It's gonna be a bumpy ride. 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 1:23 AM

It is interesting to see the demographic transition model in real life effect. As time passes, underdeveloped countries will enter stage 3 of the demographic transition model and see a decline in birth rate and death rate remains relatively low. Most developing countries now will enter the very end of stage 3 and even stage 4 as birth rates balance of death rates. The real question is whether or not Earth will be able to sustain 11 billion people. It is scary to see the world in a rapid population boom. This population growth relates to the agricultural unit in that the use of GMO's is to accommodate the rapidly growing populations in the world.

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After The BRICS Are The MINTs, But Can You Make Any Money From Them?

After The BRICS Are The MINTs, But Can You Make Any Money From Them? | Mrs. Watson's World History | Scoop.it
The former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill will forever be associated with the term BRIC, which he coined as an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China (now commonly bracketed with South Africa to make BRICS). The term caught on and has been common parlance for a decade now. And [...]
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Economic Unit. Semi-periphery countries? BRICS to MINTs.

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Bone Scans Show Richard III Died a Brutal, Painful, Undignified Battlefield Death

Bone Scans Show Richard III Died a Brutal, Painful, Undignified Battlefield Death | Mrs. Watson's World History | Scoop.it
With its crude weaponry and primitive battlefield medicine, war in the Middle Ages was a very bad time to die. And according to new research, the death of Richard III—the last English king to die in battle—appears to have been particularly brutal, even by the time period’s historically high standards....
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Battle deaths have always been brutal, the weapons have chenged, but the end result is the same.

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The history of our world in 18 minutes

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Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
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World War II Photos then and now

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Stunning images of WWII then and now. Amazing how the places look the same.

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Morality is on the march, thanks to the Enlightenment

Morality is on the march, thanks to the Enlightenment | Mrs. Watson's World History | Scoop.it
A century and a half ago, an abolitionist preacher named Theodore Parker noticed something striking about the moral universe: “The arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways,” he said, but added that “from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. confirmed Parker’s hopeful vision at the climax of his march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. That movement led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act months later. The abolition of slavery and the universal franchise are just two of several hard-won rights revolutions. Women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, gay rights and now even animal rights all point to the fact that we are living in what may be the most moral period in our history. Judicial torture has been outlawed in nearly
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An opinion piece, this addresses the influence of the Enlightenment 

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H&R Block Budget Challenge - Win Scholarships & Grants | H&R Block

Register to win classroom grants and student scholarships in the H&R Block Budget Challenge, a competition promoting the importance of personal finance and budgeting education.
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Onteresting way to engage. 

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▶ Coal, Steam, and The Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History #32 - YouTube

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▶ The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29 - YouTube

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French Revolution

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▶ The Columbian Exchange: Crash Course World History #23 - YouTube

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Food and technology exchange

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▶ Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols: Crash Course World History #20 - YouTube

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Rise of Russia

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▶ Luther and the Protestant Reformation: Crash Course World History #218 - YouTube

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One view on the history of the Protestant Reformation

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Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future

"Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples."


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Population unit

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Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:41 PM

Population statistics help show past, present, and future issues and concerns of certain areas ranging from health to women's' issues.

The movement of people in and out of areas affect population statistics and the landscape of areas either positively of negatively.

Lauren Quincy's curator insight, March 20, 1:51 PM

Unit 2: Population and Migration

 

This video was about how demographers categorize data and analyze it. This video showed a few different population pyramids in order to show differences in population in different countries. It showed China as an example and pointed out the remnants of the one child policy 35 years before and how the number of men were higher due to sex selective abortions. They also talked about how the population pyramids could show what stage in the demographic transition model a country was in and how they use them to predict future patterns and changes. 

 

This relates to unit 2 because it covers topics such as population change, demographic transition models, sex composition, population policies and much more. Population pyramids are very useful due to the visualization of sex, age and number composition in a countries population. They are very important in the use of predicting the future change in population because it can tell what the population has gone through in the past and what to expect in the DTM. 

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 21, 10:43 PM

This video illustrates how population pyramids have the ability to show how populations will rise and fall over time. Pyramids specifically show the population based on a specific age, and illustrates a country's amount of young people in comparison to the elderly. 

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Why are the Mint countries special?

Why are the Mint countries special? | Mrs. Watson's World History | Scoop.it
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The great thing about APHG is that things don't stay the same. First there were the Asian Tigers (S. Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong), then there was the BRIC(S)  - (Brazil, Russia, India, & China plus S. Africa), now there is MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria (not Niger) and Turkey) who are begin watched as emerging economic giant. The MINTs seem to have the advantage of a potential "Demographic Dividend"

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

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The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.
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Perhaps the old adage that goes, something like, we study history, so as not to repeat it, is really true

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