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Future study to map science funding across Africa - University World News

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8 Children's Libraries That Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again

8 Children's Libraries That Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
I don't know about you guys, but I loved my local library when I was a kid. But with all the distractions of mobile devices, games, and more, many kids never even visit the library and when they do, they find it to be boring.
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Literacy, the golden road to development in Mali | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Literacy, the golden road to development in Mali | Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
UNESCO underlines the importance of literacy for inclusiveness and participation in Mali: http://t.co/DgqhMResry
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Cambridge Studied the Future of the World's Languages, and the Results Are Alarming

Cambridge Studied the Future of the World's Languages, and the Results Are Alarming | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
There are currently 7,000 languages spoken around the world — but not for long. (There are 7,000 languages in the world, 1 dying within 2 weeks....!
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Global Health Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Women In Developing ... - Huffington Post

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Global Health Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Women In Developing ...
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The disparity in the number of health care workers between the developed and developing world is having an unintended consequence on pregnant women.
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Russia Is Seen Gaining Farmland With Climate Change

Russia, Canada and China are projected to gain farmland this century as the world warms up due to climate change, even as global crop-growing capacity may decline, a German study showed.

Climate change could add 5.6 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of land for crops in the 2071-2100 period compared with 1981-2010, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, according to researchers at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Because land suitable for triple cropping may be reduced, the net effect would be a loss of 7.8 million square kilometers of land for farming, the study found.

Long-term climate change may have “potentially catastrophic” effects on growing food in the period from 2050 to 2100, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization has said. Crops are “highly sensitive” to temperatures above certain thresholds, and hotter weather may hurt yields, the World Bank wrote in a 2012 report.

“Suitable areas increase especially in the northern regions,” the researchers wrote. “Global average suitability decreased under the chosen climate scenario.”

The researchers, led by Wolfram Mauser, modeled future agricultural suitability for 16 crops including wheat, corn, potatoes and cassava, using the A1B scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The scenario projects average global warming of 2.8 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.

Based on the study, Russia is set to gain 3.1 million square kilometers of land suitable for agriculture, Canada farmland would expand by 2.1 million square kilometers and China would gain 0.9 million square kilometers.

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“Much of the additional area is, however, at best only moderately suited to agricultural use, so the proportion of highly fertile land used for crop production will decrease,” co-author Florian Zabel was cited as saying in a statement on the university’s website.

The expansion of farmland would be mainly in sparsely populated areas, which might mean a lack of labor to open up new agricultural lands and prepare soils, the researchers wrote. Investment costs will be “high,” and it will take a long time to expand farming in those areas, they said.

The amount of land suitable for growing three crops a year would fall by 6 million square kilometers under the projected climate, according to the study. The biggest decreases in multiple-cropping areas would be in Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa, the researchers found.

“In the context of current projections, which predict that the demand for food will double by the year 2050 as the result of population increase, our results are quite alarming,” Zabel said.

The university, founded in 1472, ranked 49th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and shared the top spot for Germany with Heidelberg University. 


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Funding of Research and Innovation in an Independent Scotland : Academics for YES

Funding of Research and Innovation in an Independent Scotland : Academics for YES | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Very impressed & grateful for the tremendous work of @academicsforyes . Their final paper blows away the scaremongers http://t.co/ziQ2s48CIP
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Nurturing information landscapes: networks, inf...

Nurturing information landscapes: networks, inf... | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
This presentation accompanies Drew Whitworth's talk at the Networked Learning 2014 conference (#NLC2014).
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Information-Literacy Primer: Learning to Resear...

Information-Literacy Primer: Learning to Resear... | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Knowing how to navigate through and research on the Web is a skill. Following are some pointers and resources.
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Great Critical Thinking Map for your Classroom

Great Critical Thinking Map for your Classroom | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Scottish Independence

"Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides."


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Admittedly, this video is filled with stereotypes, bad words and a strong political bias all delivered in John Oliver's trademark style--it's also filled with incorrect statements which I hope most people can recognize as humor, but it captures college students' attention.  If, however, you are looking for a more insightful piece, I recommend Jeffrey Sach's article titled "The Price of Scottish Independence," or this summary of the 9 issues that would confront an independent Scotland.  Independence in Europe today doesn't mean what it used to, and this vote will be fascinating regardless of the outcome.    


Tags: devolution, supranationalism, politicalEurope, UK.

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

Oldest and Youngest Populations | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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CES CARTOGRAPHIES METTENT EN EXERGUE OU VIVENT LES POPULATIONS PLUS JEUNES ET CELLES VIEILLES AU MONDE

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YOUNG AND POOR...

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.

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Distance Learning Vs. On Campus Education Abroad | Global Educational Consultants Study In The USA

Distance Learning Vs. On Campus Education Abroad | Global Educational Consultants Study In The USA | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
This is a hot topic over the internet. Many students are curious to discuss on the matter. Different points of views have come up on the issue. It is a big debatable topic for both youth and education experts.
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The Intersection of Digital and Media Literacy | MediaSmarts

The Intersection of Digital and Media Literacy | MediaSmarts | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
In this section we outline how skills and competencies for digital literacy and media literacy intersect and provide us with essential skills for playing, learning and working as citizens of the digital world.
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Building Capacity: Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools - Download Educational

Building Capacity: Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools - Download Educational | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Building Capacity promotes the vision that the teaching of African languages can best achieve its DOWNLOAD (#download Building Capacity: Using TEFL and African Languages as Development-oriented Literacy Tools http://t.co/rvFnlLPYtl)...
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Kenyan security industry grows in Westgate aftermath - BBC News

Kenyan security industry grows in Westgate aftermath - BBC News | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
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Kenyan security industry grows in Westgate aftermath
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A lot has changed in Kenya since the attack at the Westgate shopping mall a year ago.
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No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree - Yahoo News

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree - Yahoo News | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Yahoo News No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree Yahoo News Francesca Baker, a post-graduate student at Imperial College London who is heading a Gabon research group, says villagers admit to selling carcasses to Asian...
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How Statistical Science Can Advance Big Data Research Projects - insideBIGDATA

How Statistical Science Can Advance Big Data Research Projects - insideBIGDATA | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
How Statistical Science Can Advance Big Data Research Projects (How Statistical Science Can Advance Big Data Research Projects The audience for the free PDF white paper, titled...
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4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart, brain and creativity

4 scientific studies on how meditation can affect your heart, brain and creativity | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible, refreshing experience. But usually, as I close my eyes and focus on my breathing, while I kn...
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21st Century Skills: Information Literacy – Enh...

21st Century Skills: Information Literacy – Enh... | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Lesson Overview Students researched two careers and prepared a research paper, comparing and contrasting the two careers. Initially, students brainstormed qu...
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5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain | IFLScience

5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain | IFLScience | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The persistence of social media is certainly changing how things are done. In a matter of minutes, you can wish an old friend happy birthday on Facebook, find a recipe for dinner on Pinterest, watch a how-to project on YouTube, and get up to the minute updates on events from Twitter. But social media isn’t just changing how we act; it’s actually changing our brains as well.

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brain change

 

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Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse

Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

"Argentina should be careful in considering the implications of the idea of moving the capital [from Buenos Aires] to Santiago del Estero. While a dramatic move might be appealing as a fresh start, it could end up aggravating the challenges of governing the country. Capitals, like flags, are symbols, but their choice has very real consequences."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 11:22 AM

Countries occasionally choose to move their capital cities to a region of the country where they want to promote growth.  A new capital such as the one being considered in Argentina, would be called by geographers a forward capital.  Although that term is not used in the article, it is one of the few examples of a forward capital being discussed a news article and it nicely discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of forward capitals and the impacts they can have of regional growth, regime stability and the political organization of space.  


Tagspolitical, governanceArgentinaSouth America, unit 4 political.

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Why this Ebola outbreak became the worst we've ever seen

"The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more people than sum total of all the previous outbreaks since the virus was first identified in 1976. This video explains how it got so bad."  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 7:07 PM

In a word, geography.  The geographic factors facilitated the diffusion of Ebola and have slowed down the preventative measure and limited their success.  This shows how porous borders, cultural patterns of health care, limited facilities a low literacy rates all contribute to to creating this nightmare.


Tags: medical, development, diffusion, Africa.

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Fostering the Exploitation of Open Educational Resources | Richter | Open Praxis

Fostering the Exploitation of Open Educational Resources

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Source: www.educatorstechnology.comSee on Scoop.it - Australian Curriculum Implementation

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Les outils de communication et de réseau social dans le contexte éducatif

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I love the fact that this was inspired by Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog - I love his perspective on school libraries, teacher librarianship and our roles in an increasingly blended information universe

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