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Climate Change Infographic

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Climate change is extremely violent and will cause many hardships to human beings. World leaders and polluters do not want to understand... This is a crime against humanity.

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Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:52 AM

Chungo futuro se nos presenta, si no cambiamos nuestros hábitos!

Emily Ross Cook's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:44 AM

Humans must change their ways - what are some real life recommendations for changing?

mrjacquot's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:48 PM

For all the doubters...

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NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery - 7 Earth-Like Planets

NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery - 7 Earth-Like Planets | News from the World | Scoop.it

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

 

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

 

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”

 

At about 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth, the system of planets is relatively close to us, in the constellation Aquarius. Because they are located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets.

 

This exoplanet system is called TRAPPIST-1, named for The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile. In May 2016, researchers using TRAPPIST announced they had discovered three planets in the system. Assisted by several ground-based telescopes, including the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, Spitzer confirmed the existence of two of these planets and discovered five additional ones, increasing the number of known planets in the system to seven.

 

The new results were published Wednesday in the journal Nature, and announced at a news briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

 

Using Spitzer data, the team precisely measured the sizes of the seven planets and developed first estimates of the masses of six of them, allowing their density to be estimated.

 

Based on their densities, all of the TRAPPIST-1 planets are likely to be rocky. Further observations will not only help determine whether they are rich in water, but also possibly reveal whether any could have liquid water on their surfaces. The mass of the seventh and farthest exoplanet has not yet been estimated – scientists believe it could be an icy, "snowball-like" world, but further observations are needed.

 

"The seven wonders of TRAPPIST-1 are the first Earth-size planets that have been found orbiting this kind of star," said Michael Gillon, lead author of the paper and the principal investigator of the TRAPPIST exoplanet survey at the University of Liege, Belgium. "It is also the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds."

 

 

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Astronomers Reveal Catalog of Nearby Stars, Detect 114 Potential Exoplanets

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Astronomers today released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made with a technique called radial velocity. They also demonstrated how these observations can be used to hunt for exoplanets by detecting 114 potential exoplanets, including one orbiting a star 8.1 light-years away.

 

The radial velocity method is one of the most successful techniques for finding and confirming exoplanets.

It takes advantage of the fact that in addition to an exoplanet being influenced by the gravity of the star it orbits, the exoplanet’s gravity also affects the star. Astronomers are able to use sophisticated tools to detect the tiny wobble the exoplanet induces as its gravity tugs on the parent star. The newly available observations were taken by the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES), an instrument mounted on the Keck Observatory’s 10-m telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

 

HIRES is designed to split a star’s incoming light into a rainbow of color components. Astronomers can then measure the precise intensity of thousands of color channels, or wavelengths, to determine characteristics of the starlight.

 

For two decades, they have pointed HIRES at 1,624 nearby stars, all within a relatively close 325 light-years from Earth.

The instrument has recorded 60,949 observations, each lasting anywhere from 30 sec to 20 min, depending on how precise the measurements needed to be. With all these data compiled, any given star in the dataset can have several days’, years’, or even more than a decade’s worth of observations.

 

“This dataset will slowly grow, and you’ll be able to go on and search for whatever star you’re interested in and download all the data we’ve ever taken on it,” said Dr. Jennifer Burt, an astronomer at MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and co-author of a paper accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal.


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The unbearable sadness of being Taiwan, a liberal island other democracies refuse to talk to

The unbearable sadness of being Taiwan, a liberal island other democracies refuse to talk to | News from the World | Scoop.it

"An island, a territory, a self-governing entity, a renegade province, a breakaway part of China, the place formerly known as Formosa—call Taiwan any of those things, but never a country, a state, or a nation. The simple fact that it took a phone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen to draw attention to one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies highlights the humiliating plight of Taiwan in the international arena. The irony that the US and other democratic countries cannot openly recognize Taiwan’s achievements for fear of incurring Beijing’s wrath has not been lost on many observers, who nevertheless fear that a cavalier move by Trump to upend diplomatic protocol in such a way could ultimately end badly for little Taiwan."

 

Tags: Taiwan, political, states, borders, geopolitics, East Asia.


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This behaviour towards Taiwan of the so-called “democratic” countries is unfair and their submission to China is unacceptable. But that’s the way things go and Chile is benefiting from this cowardice. Let’s put a stop to the made in China!
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Functional Food, Traveling Gluten Free and the Climatarian Diet

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Food trends, interesting ingredients, and #GF pastry with a cannabis twist
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Agriculture : faire revivre les volailles d'autrefois

Agriculture : faire revivre les volailles d'autrefois | News from the World | Scoop.it
Les volailles d'autrefois ont été oubliées, mais un éleveur de Bligny-sur-Ouche, en Côte-d'Or, les remet au goût du jour dans sa ferme, sa table d'hôte et jusque dans les plus grands restaurants. Ses volailles vivent dehors, en liberté par tous les temps, et en deviennent rustiques, résistantes, presque sauvages. "Celui-là est un jeune coq Barbezieux, qui est très jeune, très beau, qui vient d'être mis en production", indique Sylvain Przybylski, ouvrier agricole à la ferme de la Ruchotte.

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Si on constate qu’au Marché de Maubert un poulet coûte environ 30 Euros... Ce qui rend impossible à certains de manger du poulet...

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VIDEO. Une neuvième planète dans le système solaire? Pourquoi c'est possible

VIDEO. Une neuvième planète dans le système solaire? Pourquoi c'est possible | News from the World | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs américains envisagent l'hypothèse selon laquelle il existerait une neuvième planète dans notre système solaire, d'une masse d'environ dix foix celle de la Terre.
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How to Make an Attractive City

We've grown good at making many things in the modern world - but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles for how to make attractive cities once again.

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I dedicate this article and its video to my fellow citizens in Santiago, Chile!!

Dedico este artículo y su video a mis conciudadanos Santiaguinos! Una lección de urbanismo!

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Seth Forman's curator insight, May 26, 2015 6:57 PM

Summary: This interesting video talks about principles that should be considered by city planners that could make our life's better and happier.

 

Insight: This video is relevant  to unit 7 because it shows efforts that should be taken by urban planners and how a simple city layout can effect our lives. 

Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 27, 2015 1:01 AM

This video gives you an overview of how to make the most attractive city in six ways. It explains the reasons and the wants of a city that potential residents are looking for.

 

This video relates to Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use because it talks about the orgin, site and situation a city should have for it to be considered attractive to people. A city should be chaotic/ordered, should have visible life, compact, is should have a nice/mysterious orientation, it should not be too big or too small, and it should be local and lively. Today, many cities lack attractiveness because of the intellectual confusion around beauty and the lack of political will. I totally agree with video and the requirement s to have an attrative city. 

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 4:17 AM

We definitely need more visually pleasing cities, our world is lacking and we are loosing it to like in the video "corporate opportunists".

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Actualités de l'environnement

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La destruction des forêts pluviales des tropiques pourrait se répercuter sur les agriculteurs en Europe et aux États Unis

La déforestation massive dans les tropiques pourrait entraîner des bouleversements significatifs et de vaste étendue dans la répartition des précipitations et dans les températures, affectant potentiellement l’agriculture à la fois localement et dans des zones très éloignées des sites où se produit la perte de forêt, c’est la conclusion d’une étude publiée aujourd’hui dans « Nature Climate Change ».


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Nous ne voulons pas comprendre ni accepter cette dure réalité! C’est déjà commencé... Nous sommes sourds et aveugles

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Inside Gaza and Israel: Two Photographers, One War

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As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Andrew Katz interviewed Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Olivier Laurent spoke...

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Due fotografi sui due fronti opposti della guerra a Gaza.

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How the Potato Changed the World

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Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture

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Potatoes changed the old world! 

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Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 2014 5:35 PM

Columbian Exchange Unit

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 12:57 PM

Potatoes are one of the most widespread foods in the world, due to its resiliency to harsh weather conditions and its ability to grow to large sizes. Potatoes can also be traced to show the beginning forces of globalization. Before modern communication and transportation technology, globalization occurred at a much slower rate. Globalization spread through trade routes in the forms of foods, resources, and therefore cultures and people. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 2016 3:52 PM

The Colombian Exchange is a term that describes the most dramatic biologic transfer in history.  European explorers brought animals and agricultural items from the Old World to the New and subsequently brought back items from the New World back to the Old.  This exchange profoundly reshaped many societies as agricultural diffusion of the potato lead to the changes across northern Europe. 

 

Tags: agriculture, food production, diffusionhistorical colonialism, Europe

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Origins 2013

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Join CERN, ESA, ESO and UNESCO in partnership with the Italian Institute of Astrophysics on an exceptional voyage to the origins of our Universe.
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The European Space Agency - The event will start the 27th Sep 2013 at 18:00 Europe/Zurich

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DETROIT: Une serre biologique change la vie d’un hôpital

DETROIT: Une serre biologique change la vie d’un hôpital | News from the World | Scoop.it

La serre biologique de l’hôpital Henry Ford de West Bloomfield, cité de la banlieue de Détroit, fait figure de modèle aux Etats-Unis. Depuis son lancement il y a un an, des dizaines de variétés de légumes y sont cultivées pour la consommation des patients qui mettent la main à la patte lors d’ateliers.

 

A travers cette thérapie par le jardinage, le projet vise à sensibiliser les patients sur les bienfaits d’une alimentation saine contre les maladies chroniques telles que l’obésité.

Alimentation et participation
 

C’est un donateur anonyme qui a permis à la serre de sortir de terre en septembre 2012. L’espace de 140 m2 est géré par Michelle Lutz, jardinière attitrée. Derrière les parois de verre des dizaines d’espèces de légumes et herbes y sont cultivées grâce aux techniques bio et selon des saisons. Une fois récoltés, les produits sont cuisinés par le chef de l’hôpital et atterrissent dans les assiettes des patients. L’établissement de 200 lits a ainsi fait chuter sa facture annuelle d’achats alimentaires de plusieurs milliers d’euros.

 

En pratique, Lutz a opté pour un mode de culture en hydroponie (hors-sol) pour deux raisons.

 

Cette méthode permet d’abord de mieux contrôler la croissance des plantes et de consommer 10 fois moins d’eau que les cultures traditionnelles. En l’absence de terre, elle offre aussi un gain de place utile à la venue de patients, scolaires et autres visiteurs à l’occasion d’ateliers et autres leçons de jardinage. Car la serre joue aussi un rôle de sensibilisation clef.

 

Sensibiliser au-delà de l’hôpital

 

Lieu de détente et de thérapie par le jardin, cette serre biologique s’accompagne d’une cuisine de démonstration où des cours de gastronomie sont dispensés. Les patients y apprennent les manières de prévenir ou gérer les maladies chroniques grâce à des méthodes de culture et pratiques alimentaires saines.

 

Non loin de la serre, un centre éducatif accueille les plus jeunes. Des cars scolaires affluent de tout le Michigan. La serre de l’hôpital de West Bloomfield représente un modèle dans cet état, et même au-delà à travers les Etats-Unis.

 

« Nous voulons influencer nos jeunes à porter un autre regard sur la nourriture et sur ce qu’ils mettent dans leur ventre » indique Gerard Van Grinsven, directeur de l’établissement.Quant à Michelle Lutz à qui l’on demande souvent si elle la seule jardinière d’hôpital aux du pays, elle répond : « Je pense que oui, mais ne veux pas le rester. J’espère que de nombreux autres hôpitaux s’inspireront de ce que l’on fait ici ».

 

Nicolas Blain


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Nature heals the human heart! Et nous alimente, malgré nous, d'ailleurs...

La naturaleza nos sana el cuerpo y el corazón.

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Merci à Damoclès !!
Avenir Adn Agri's comment, September 16, 2013 10:25 AM
Enfin la sensibilisation pour l'agri-nourriture ! Il faut que les consommateurs exigent le vrai BIO pour faire changer les lobies de Monsanto. Pas d'autre solution pour une vie saine et assurée à nos descendants. Si le rythme actuel se poursuit dans moins de 50 ans il n'y aura rien à manger nulle part dans le monde. Personne ne s'en inquiète ?? Quel désastre !...
Avenir Adn Agri's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:27 AM

Super initiative mais il nous faut faire mieux et surtout que la société de consommateurs comprenne les enjeux de LA VIE !...

 

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Ce soir sur ARTE: Les semences de la colère

Ce soir sur ARTE: Les semences de la colère | News from the World | Scoop.it

ARTE

Mardi 20 août à 22h30 (82 min)
Rediffusé jeudi 22.08 à 8h55

 

Le soja transgénique - l''or vert' de l'Amérique du Sud - génère d'immenses profits mais aussi des dégâts sociaux et environnementaux considérables.

 

Enquête au Paraguay, où des petits paysans affrontent la puissante filière des cultures OGM.

 

Geronimo est un petit paysan qui vit avec sa famille dans un village du Paraguay. Autour de chez lui s’étendent à perte de vue des champs de soja transgénique appartenant à de grands propriétaires, des colons brésiliens pour la plupart.

 

Victimes de contaminations dues à l’épandage d’herbicide, les villageois s’organisent pour lutter contre la destruction de leur environnement et sauver la vie de leurs enfants...

 

La loi du plus fort

 

Paysans expulsés, pollution des sols, déforestation, empoisonnements... : quel poids pèsent les dégâts sociaux et environnementaux face aux profits générés par la monoculture intensive du soja génétiquement modifié ?

 

En se rendant au Paraguay, qui compte parmi les principaux pays exportateurs mondiaux de soja, et en se mettant à l’écoute des différentes parties en présence, les réalisateurs nous donnent des clés pour comprendre comment a pu s’imposer un modèle de développement agricole particulièrement destructeur.

 

Et cela à travers l’affrontement inégal entre, d’un côté, les grands propriétaires producteurs de soja, bras armés (au sens propre) des firmes agroalimentaires et des spéculateurs financiers, et de l’autre les campesinos, ces petits paysans qui tentent de défendre leur outil de travail et leur mode de vie.

 

Aux discours agressifs des premiers, partisans de la loi du plus fort – renforcés dans leurs convictions par les arguments de scientifiques défendant les intérêts des leaders du marché des semences et des produits phytosanitaires –, s’oppose l’énergie du désespoir d’une société rurale traditionnelle pour qui le soja transgénique est une malédiction.

 

Dans cet universel combat du pot de terre contre le pot de fer, c’est la logique du profit qui l’emporte, avec l’arrestation des petits paysans pour “occupation illégale des terres”... Comment la lutte se poursuivra-t-elle ?

 


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Ceux et celles qui défendent les OGM et Monsanto sont invités à regarder ce programme sur ARTE, ce soir, à 22h30. A vos postes ! Pour tous les autres, ce sera encore un triste constat...

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What are El Niño and La Niña?

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"El Niño and La Niña are complex weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific--officially known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. These deviations from normal surface temperatures can have large-scale impacts not only on ocean processes, but also on global weather and climate."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 8, 3:41 PM

This short video from NOAA is an excellent summary that explains the ENSO cycle.  The video has a particular emphasis on how changing patterns in the Pacific Ocean currents can impact weather patterns in various regions of the United States.  

 

Tagsphysical, weather and climateregions, USA.

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Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive

Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive | News from the World | Scoop.it
The lingering use of Catalan in Alghero, Italy, is a reminder of how Mediterranean cultures have blended for centuries. But the language is fading there today.

 

In an age when people cling ever more tightly to national identity, the lingering use of Catalan in Alghero is a reminder of the ways Mediterranean cultures have blended for centuries, rendering identity a fluid thing.  But while the traditional insularity of Alghero has helped to preserve Catalan, the language is struggling to survive, even here.   

 

Tags: language, culture, Italy, Europe.


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Viva l’Italia, Sardinia as a matter of fact. And long live Catalunya! 
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Tom Cockburn's curator insight, December 13, 2016 3:52 AM
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The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You | News from the World | Scoop.it
Greenland has the world's highest suicide rate. And teen boys are at the highest risk.

 

Like native people all around the Arctic — and all over the world — Greenlanders were seeing the deadly effects of rapid modernization and unprecedented cultural interference. American Indians and Alaska Natives (many of whom share Inuit roots with Greenlanders) had already seen many of their communities buckle under the same pressures.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 21, 2016 11:01 PM

This is an incredibly tragic story; if I could add one word to the sub-title, it would read, "It's not JUST the dark the kills you."  I'm not an environmental determinist, but we can't pretend that the climate/darkness don't play some role in Greenland having 6x the suicide rates of the United States.  See also this article/photo gallery about a similar suicide problem in the indigenous far north of Canada.    

 

Tags: Greenland, Arctic, genderpodcast, indigenous.

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If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?

If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist? | News from the World | Scoop.it

Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.

 

http://nautil.us/issue/34/adaptation/if-the-world-began-again-would-life-as-we-know-it-exist-rp


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How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger

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About a third of the planet’s food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That’s enough to feed two billion people.

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Katerina Stojanovski's curator insight, March 10, 2016 6:10 AM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions.  In a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates, food waste needs to made more explicit. 

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, unit 5 agriculture.

NADINE BURCHI SCORP's curator insight, March 10, 2016 1:24 PM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions.  In a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates, food waste needs to made more explicit. 


Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, unit 5 agriculture.

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Ring of Fire

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The Ring of Fire is a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

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“El Anillo de Fuego” es una cadena de volcanes y lugares de actividad sísmica, o temblores, alrededor de los límites del Océano Pacífico.

“L’Anneau de Feu” c’est une chaine de volcans et de sites d’activité sismique, ou tremblements de terre, autour de limites de l’Océan Pacifique.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 2015 12:20 PM

The Ring of Fire is a series of plate boundaries where earthquakes and volcanic activity are commonplace.  Surrounding the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Ring of Fire consists of a string of 452 volcanoes.


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Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, August 6, 2015 3:54 PM

The Ring of Fire is a series of plate boundaries where earthquakes and volcanic activity are commonplace.  Surrounding the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Ring of Fire consists of a string of 452 volcanoes.

 

Tags: physical, tectonics, disasters, K12.

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World's oldest sperm found and it is gigantic

World's oldest sperm found and it is gigantic | News from the World | Scoop.it

Scientists have found a fossil dating back at least 16 million years of a female shrimplike creature with enormous fossilized sperm in her reproductive tract. It's a unique example of a female that copulated just before she died and started to turn to stone.


The fossil is a display of "ancient sex with gargantuan sperm," says the lead scientist, Renate Matzke-Karasz of German's Ludwig-Maximilian-University, via e-mail. "We have here direct evidence of a recent mating. All the co-authors are still amazed by the findings."


The post-coital specimen is an ancient example of a mussel shrimp, technically known as an ostracod. These tiny animals have hinged shells like a mussel's and live today in watery places from flower pots to the ocean, where they subsist on detritus in the water. The fossil specimens were discovered in an Australian cave where large numbers of bats roosted millions of years ago. The bats unwittingly made a major contribution to science: Their guano, Matzke-Karasz says, supplied chemicals that helped preserve the finest details of the mussel shrimps' anatomy.


The scientists found four fossilized female mussel shrimp and one male mussel shrimp with sperm in their bodies, some of the oldest fossilized sperm found to date. When they examined the fossilized male, "we almost couldn't believe our eyes," Matzke-Karasz says. The animal was replete with "sperm (that) looked like little ropes, exactly how modern ostracod giant sperm look!"


The mussel shrimp may be small, but the modern male is mighty, producing so-called "giant sperm" that can be four times longer than the animal itself. Only a handful of other animals, including some flies and moths, make giant sperm, whose purpose is still unclear.


The new study, appearing in this week's Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, shows that male mussel shrimp may have been deploying giant sperm for more than 140 million years, says micropaleontologist David Horne of Britain's Queen Mary University of London.


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11 septembre : jour où les USA sont bourreaux et victimes ~ A Perdre La Raison

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Le 11 septembre est une date qui, à double titre, a marqué l'histoire des Etats-Unis ....
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Le 11 septembre 1973 - le premier jour du reste de ma vie...

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Nine Cities That Love Their Trees

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More and more American cities are working to preserve their trees. Here’s a look at nine cities working to conserve their tree canopies.

Via Seth Dixon
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Good to know! And may more cities around the world follow this wise endeavour!

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Greg Russak's comment, April 29, 2014 8:33 PM
In "hops", you say?!? HA!! We, the progeny of mill-hunks (a term of endearment referring steel workers) accept your challenge to a beer drinking.......oh......wait......did you mean hoops? Well, in that case, good sir, yes, your NBA team should have no trouble rolling all over our non-existent NBA franchise!! Shall we talk football, hockey, or even baseball?!? And, start planting more trees!!! ;-)
Party Recon's comment, April 29, 2014 9:10 PM
Challenged accepted! Our best Micro against IC Light. OK?
Greg Russak's comment, April 29, 2014 9:24 PM
IC Light?!? Bleh! I'll have what you're having!
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The forgotten photojournalist killed in action

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In 1937 Gerda Taro became the first female war photographer to die on the front line, killed at the age of 26.


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I did know this Lady until today! A great loss for sure! 

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marcpauze's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:44 AM
Le grand Amour de Bob Capa et celle qui a inventé son personnage.
Alessandro Zanini's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:48 AM

In ricordo di Gerda Taro.

Loreto Vargas's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:30 PM

Thank you for sharing this information, Marc-André

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VANDANA SHIVA: Act for Seed & Food Freedom: 2-16 October 2013

VIDEO: Sous titre multi-language, Instructions en Français plus bas.

Multi-lingual subtitles available - see viewing instructions in different languages below

- Vandana Shiva calls you to Act for Seed and Food Freedom, 2-16 October 2013: http://bit.ly/ACT2-16Oct13 ;


- Add your Actions & Real Food Heroes to the Seed Freedom Map:http://seedfreedom.in/seed-freedom-map/


- Ideas for Action: http://bit.ly/ActSeedFreedom


- Help us create multi-lingual subtitles for this video:http://seedfreedom.in/seed-freedom-in... ;

Join Seed Freedom online:

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ARABIC
لنعمل من أجل حرية البذور والغذاء: 2- 16 تشرين الأول 2013
الترجمة متوفرة بعدة لغات: http://wp.me/p3TnGP-3f
لتفعيل الترجمة يرجى النقر على مربع captions في الجهة اليمنى من شريط التحكم 

CHINESE (Traditional)
種子自主與食物自主行動雙週 -- 2013年10月2日 至 10月16日
中文翻譯請按右下字幕按紐請參加全球爭取選種自由行動雙週二O一二年十月二日至十六­­日。請電郵行動計劃詳情給我們,讓我們將之加入行事歷。 

CROATIAN
Djelujmo za Slobodu Sjemena i Hrane: 2-16 listopada 2013
Kako biste aktivirali titlove molimo kliknite na "captions" dugme u desnom dijelu kontrole videa

DUTCH
Actie voor Zaad en Voedsel Vrijheid: 2-16 Oktober 2013:http://wp.me/p3TnGP-m
Om de ondertitels te activeren klikt u op het op het vakje "bijschriften'' aan de rechterkant van de video-knoppenbalk

FRENCH
Agissez pour la liberté des semences et de la nourriture: du 2 au 16 octobre 2013: http://wp.me/p3TnGP-1J
Pour activer le sous-titrage, cliquez sur le bouton « activer les sous-titres » en bas à droite de la fenêtre de visionnage

GERMAN
Aktionstage fuer Freiheit von Saatgut und Nahrung: 2-16 Oktober 2013: http://wp.me/p3TnGP-2z
Um diese zu aktivieren, klicke bitte auf die"captions" box am unteren rechten rand des videos

GREEK
ΔράσηγιατηνΕλεύθερηΔιακίνηση των Σπόρων και των Τροφίμων: 2-16 Οκτώβρη 2013
Γιαναενεργοποιήσετετουςυπότιτλους, παρακαλώπατήστεστοπλαίσιο"captions" (υπότιτλοι)σταδεξιάτηςγραμμήςελέγχου του βίντεο

ITALIAN
Agisci per la Libertà dei Semi e del Cibo: 2-16 ottobre 2013:http://wp.me/p3TnGP-1j ;
Sottotitoli disponibili - Per attivare i sottotitoli cliccare sull'apposito quadratino che si trova alla vostra destra sulla barra dei comandi

MACEDONIAN
Акција за Слобода на Семе & Храна: 2-16 Октомври 2013:http://wp.me/p3TnGP-3c
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PORTUGUESE - BR
Aja por Sementes e Alimentos livres: 2-16 de Outubro de 2013:http://wp.me/p3TnGP-1T
Para ativar legenda clique na opção "captions" à diteita da barra de controle do vídeo

SERBIAN
Делујте за слободу семена и слободу хране: 2-16.10.2013
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SPANISH
Actua por la Libertad de las Semillas y de los Alimentos: 2-16 octubre 2013: http://wp.me/p3TnGP-t
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TELUGU
విత్తన ఆహార ధాన్యాల స్వాతంత్ర్యం కొరకు ఉద్యమిద్దాము: అక్టోబర్ 2-16, 2013
తెలుగులో వ్యాఖలు చూడదలచుకుంటే, కుడి చేతి వైపునున్న వీడియో లేడా దృశ్య సూచిక పట్టిక మీదనున్న "captions" మీట నొక్కండి


Via Damoclès
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Great Lady, Vandana Shiva, find out for yourselves!

Une femme extraordinaire, Vandana Shiva !

Una gran Dama, Vandana Shiva, descúbranla!

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This Pittsburgh restaurant only serves food from America's "enemies"

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Conflict Kitchen is the only restaurant in the world that serves cuisine solely from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

Via Seth Dixon
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This is what I call Democracy in action.

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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:26 PM

Any Ethnic conflicts here HUGGERS?

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:04 PM

Initially I wasn't really sure what I thought about this resturant. My initial reaction was that I hated it and thought it was a bad idea. I to seemed like we were supporting another country by serving their food. However there is a cultural experience involved when we go out to eat. Many people go out to italian resturants to get the experience of italy and etc. However after really thinking about it the US is typically in conflict with another countries government, not the people who live there. By selling the food of countries we are in conflict with almost gives us an idea about what exactly the culture is there. I think it almost educates people in such a way. I think that might be the purpose on the resturant. By eating at this resturant it opens peoples eyes to what people of that particular country are consuming on a regular day basis. That experience can be good or bad, but either way it still opens up peoples eyes to the type of world other countries are living in. I think by eating there you open yourslef up to a new cultural experience, which I belive is exactly the point that the kitchen is trying to serve. Even if it is through food. 

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 12:06 PM

Conflict Kitchen serves foods from the countries the United States is in conflict with. They might be doing this to show Americans a little bit of how their culture is b eating their foods.