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Haitian migrants to be repatriated from Bahamas, 16 missing - Chicago Tribune

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The Express TribuneHaitian migrants to be repatriated from Bahamas, 16 missingChicago TribuneBy Neil Hartnell.
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Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Wolfram|Alpha is more than a search engine.
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Gendered Differences in Development

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Being a woman can be much more difficult, based on where you live. 

 


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China population control has succeeded

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XIAMEN, China - A 6-year-old girl with a bob haircut sat alone on an enormous wraparound couch, dwarfed by the living-room furniture and a giant flat-screen TV.
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What if Twitter was around at the time of the American Revolution? British r Coming. Pls RT!

What if Twitter was around at the time of the American Revolution? British r Coming. Pls RT! | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it

Omg..... I was laughing when I saw this. I immediately thought of this as a potential activity for students to do on any topic.


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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:51 PM

This is a very smart idea. There are so many applications for this in any history class and it would require students to consider perspectives and context, and make the connection via modern media. Genius! It reminds me of College Humor's "Facebook History of the World."

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The Traveler IQ Challenge

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The Traveler IQ Challenge - The web's most popular free travel geography game! (Teach Geography? This game is GREAT! I'm addicted!
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Dr. Seuss’s World War II Political Propaganda Cartoons

Dr. Seuss’s World War II Political Propaganda Cartoons | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
"One-tenth of your income must go into War Bonds if you hope to defeat both the Axis and inflation!"

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Beer Caves Redux - Edible Geography

Beer Caves Redux - Edible Geography | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Underneath the pubs, shops, houses, and office buildings of Nottingham lie more than five hundred man-made caves, carved into the city's soft sandstone bedrock over a thousand years, and now largely abandoned and ...
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New York -- before the City

TED Talks 400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you...

 

KC: The Manhattan Project created a picture of the area before the development of a city, the way Henry Hudson did during his 1609 exploration. After 10 years (1999-2009), the research project has expanded to study the entire city of New York. The Welikia Project analyzes geography and landscape ecology to discover the original environment and compare it to present day. Scientists have learned that world's largest cities once had a natural landscape of freshwater wetlands and salt marshes, ponds and streams, forests and fields with an equally diverse wildlife community. By focusing on the city's biodiversity of 400 years ago and the modern era, information can be gathered about what has changed, what has remained constant, where the city was done well and where it needs to improve. This source is useful because it allows for the visualization of NYC in a way never seen before. Urban environments, such as NYC, have a landscape largely created by humans, so the skyscrapers, pavement, and mass population is far removed from the landscape it once was.

 

Find more information about the Welikia Project at http://welikia.org and more on New York City's urban ecology at: http://www.scoop.it/t/urban-geography


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Kim Vignale's comment, August 12, 2012 2:03 PM
I was surprised on how green NYC is because of all the cars and urban development. I think this project topic is very informative and interesting (makes me want to got to NYC) . I thought it was very interesting how NYC was in the early 1900s and how it became now. I also think it's a great idea how adding more greenery to the urban city will add sort of a rural feel to a big city.
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July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S.

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By Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick: July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic...

 

The drought footprint cover 63% of the contiguous states during the hottest month in American history.  It's the hottest 12 month stretch (August 2011-July 2012) on record for the lower 48, making it the fourth consecutive month to set a new record (i.e. old record was July 2011-June 2012).The biggest difference from other hot months is the nighttime temperature have been exceptionally high.  The most current drought monitor map can be found at:  http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu


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NASA to stream Mars rover landing - The Virginian-Pilot

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The Virginian-PilotNASA to stream Mars rover landingThe Virginian-Pilot... scheduled to land at 1:31 a.m. Monday, will be shown on NASA TV at www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.
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Geography is Key

This video is a class introduction to the Advanced Placement course in Human Geography, which is intended to give high-ability students the opportunity to ea...

 

This is an excellent promotional video for geography as a whole, but the AP Human Geography course specifically.  For more from this great Florida teacher, visit his course website at: http://teacherweb.ftl.pinecrest.edu/snyderd/APHG/ which has some incredible resources. 


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Kenzie Hohman's comment, September 11, 2012 9:13 PM
I liked how in this video it gave the viewer a preview of what you will learn in AP Human Geography. When I signed up for this class i thought I was going to have to memorize every country, its location and capital. This video let me really know what I was going to learn over this year.
John_Clark's comment, September 11, 2012 11:08 PM
This got me really excited to take this class. The music stirred somthing in me. I've always really enjoyed taking geography classes. And this, this was beautiful
Palyce Jeveron's comment, August 21, 2013 3:23 PM
Ive always been curious and eager to learn about various places in the world. In fact, one of my goals in life is to travel around the world to see what it has to offer and expierience new and different things from which im accustomed to. Watching this made me excited for class to begin, :)
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New NASA study links current extreme summer events to climate change

New NASA study links current extreme summer events to climate change | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top...
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Muhlberger's World History: A war to end war

We may take all of this for granted, but we shouldn't. It took those sophisticated Europeans another 150 years (and two of the bloodiest wars in history) to figure it out. Most regions of the world still haven't.
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Mapping Population Density

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I found these cartograms from an article in the Telegraph and was immediately impressed. The cartograms originated here and use data from the Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project as to create the int...

 

This series of cartograms shows some imbalanced populations (such as the pictured Australia) by highlighting countries that have established forward capitals.  Question to ponder: Do forward capitals change the demographic regions of a country significantly enough to justify moving the capital? 


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Joe Andrade's curator insight, August 5, 2013 10:21 PM

Interseting way to visualy map population density.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 7:28 PM

It's a creative and vial way to map population density. 

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Cities on Border With Mexico Burdened by Calls for Medical Help

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From San Diego to Brownsville, Tex., requests for assistance have become a drain on the resources of fire departments in cities on the United States border with Mexico.

 

This is a poignant example of how site and situation impact the local geographic factors. 


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 23, 2013 9:36 AM

These border towns should be getting some help from the federal government.  They handle ther calls of all the border medical emergencies from immigrants, both legal and illegal, and from people who left the US to live better in Mexico, but return to the US for medical care and suffer an "event" at the border to get to the hospital faster.  It also hurts the towns own citizens as sometimes these small towns only have one emergency vechile to do all the calls.  Maybe they should be given a grant to expand their emergency services since alot of the calls they take are from a federal source, ie border control.

Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 12:05 PM

This is one factor I never thought about before reading the article. Borders are one of the defining concepts of what constitutes a nation, and yet in emergencies these boundaries can become much more fluid. Of course borders in the first place are a human creation, but I imagine that along any border in the world, someone in dire need would want to get to the closest hospital, even if they're crossing a border to do so. At this point the idea of the authority implicated alongside borders might begin to seem less important. Though this makes me wonder if there are some locations which have international treaties so that local foreign departments may cross the border to help.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 24, 4:43 PM

Medical expenses are a burden on millions of people each and every year. With conditions like this on the border there is no wonder why the Calimex fire department and responders needed funds. They also need to do something about the conditions on the California/Mexican border.

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Man-Made Cities and Natural Disasters

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Patrick assesses the future of world order, state sovereignty, and multilateral cooperation.

 

The 21st century is the dawn of a new era in human history: more people on Earth live in cities than in the countryside.  The impacts of this new basic fact are far-reaching.  One of those is that cities that are in particular environments are more prone to certain natural disasters and will be increasingly vulnerable as their populations increase (especially megacities in the developing world).


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USDA cuts corn outlook as drought takes toll  | ajc.com

USDA cuts corn outlook as drought takes toll  | ajc.com | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it

By JIM SUHR

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — The government slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second consecutive month Friday, predicting what could be the lowest average corn yield in more than 15 years as the worst drought in decades scorches major farm states.

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How much sleep people get per night depends on geography, demographics

How much sleep people get per night depends on geography, demographics | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Some people are known to need very little sleep, while others have the reputation for sleeping longer hours.
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Course: Geography Animated

RT @geocastaway: Geography Animated http://t.co/0TENbD5a...
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W.Va. social studies teachers to use downloadable textbooks

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In West Virginia, schools will adopt electronic textbooks for social studies classes beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. While many educators say this is a step forward for education -- and technology integration -- others ...
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EU Medal Tracker | The European Union in Olympics comparison

EU Medal Tracker | The European Union in Olympics comparison | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it

EU Medal Tracker: Is the European Union a winning team? Comparing the performance of EU member states with other national teams at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

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Americans put off having babies amid poor economy

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Births have plummeted since their 2007 peak, and the recession is a factor. There's worry that the birthrate will be affected for years.

 

The graph for this article is incredible visual that highlights how the economic conditions can impact demographics.  Not surprisingly, Americans have less childen during tough times.  Questions to ponder: would this phenomenon be expected in all parts of the world?  Why or why not?  Demographically, what will the long-term impact of the recession be?    


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Zero Geography: the geography of klout scores - or why are the French so influential?

Zero Geography: the geography of klout scores - or why are the French so influential? | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
The geography of #klout scores - or why are the French so influential?
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Fox Promotes Georgia Lumberyard Owner With Sign Telling President Obama to Kiss His A**

Fox Promotes Georgia Lumberyard Owner With Sign Telling President Obama to Kiss His A** | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
This level of stupidity in this segment really is enough to just make your head hurt. Here's some of the latest from Fox, attacking President Obama by taking out of context his 'you didn't build that' remarks.
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