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Global Dynamism Index (GDI)

Global Dynamism Index (GDI) | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

HIGHEST RANKED
Singapore 72
Finland 70
Sweden 70

Developed in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index (GDI) ranks 50 economies on 22 indicators of dynamism - that is the changes to the economy which have enabled recovery from the 2008-09 economic recession and are likely to lead to a fast rate of future growth.

GDI provides an overall dynamism ranking and also scores economies and regions in five seperate categories of dynamism: business operating environment, economics & growth, science & technology, labour & human capital and financing environment. It can help business owners.


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WATCH: Former Marine Writes First-Ever Iraq Veteran Opera After 4 Suicide Attempts

WATCH: Former Marine Writes First-Ever Iraq Veteran Opera After 4 Suicide Attempts | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
-- After returning from the battlefields of Iraq, Christian Ellis found the only way to soothe the war wounds in his soul was by losing himself singing opera's powerful, haunting songs.
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Manifest Destiny in 141 Maps

Manifest Destiny in 141 Maps | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

This data visualization project is a great way to demonstrate the geographic expansion of the United States.  This is much more interactive than the typical time lapse video since you can scroll through the maps and explore each map through the interactive features. 

 

Tags: historical, USA, visualization, mapping.


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Matthew Jones's comment, November 5, 2012 8:20 AM
This is a great. Definitely a great tool for students in various different levels of school that can show you the evolution of the United States over a period of time. Very cool, very useful.
Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 8:24 AM
I really like the display of these changes in our country throughout the years. It's a great way of showing centuries of change into something easy to understand. This would help young students in a social studies class for sure.
Lisa Fonseca's comment, November 6, 2012 7:35 PM
i LOVE THIS! I can see this being such a valuable tool to use in a classroom. Students get the visual and written representation. Having the visual changes that took place in the United States is a better way to present to the students instead of them just reading a book. Will definitely save this article for future reference.
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Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions." 

 

This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally.  What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)?  How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country? 


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How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time

How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

Scientists have located a specific set of neurons that indicate how time passes, confirming that the brain plays an essential role in how we experience the passage of time.


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Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election

Map of Racists Tweets following Obama's re-election | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
A map compiled by Floating Sheep shows the shocking demographics of racist 'hate tweets,' many of them collected from states that were won by Romney.

 

Not shocking, but still discouraging. 


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Jeff F's comment, November 11, 2012 12:31 PM
That band going through the deep south. It looks awfully famillar.

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Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 1:59 PM
Well, I would like to say is that is a great President to this country and I don't think that it's a good idea for people to make racist remarks about Obama's re-election. Even though people the right to Freedom of Speech in this country but however, racism is against the law in the United States.
Nicholas Rose's comment, November 27, 2012 1:59 PM
I mean that Barack Obama is a great President to this country.
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Your muscles determine your vote

Your muscles determine your vote | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Men with big muscles try harder to get their hands on tax money or to hold on to their own income, while physically weak men shy away from such conflicts, new study suggests.
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The media world will suffer even more

The media world will suffer even more | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
The past decade hasn’t been kind to the media world, with regular mass firings of media staff and online media struggling to gain a foothold. Things will only get worse, and that’s a threat to the informed citizen.
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Cream eBooks publica tu libro en 4 pasos en internet

Cream eBooks publica tu libro en 4 pasos en internet | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Muchos escritores que quisieran autopublicarse en internet ven como un gran obstáculo la cuestión técnica: ¿quién diseña mi ebook, quién se encarga de subirlo a internet, en qué plataforma y cómo lo distribuye?

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Team Afghan Institute of Learning | Leonardo Martins' Fundraiser on CrowdRise

Team Afghan Institute of Learning | Leonardo Martins' Fundraiser on CrowdRise | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Hey brothers and sisters you can make the difference in the life of a woman and child with a donation!

Each donation will change the life for the better, so please, act now and contribute what you can to AIL!
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KhmerBird - Redefining Cambodia

KhmerBird - Redefining Cambodia | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
KhmerBird is a social media blog that provides updated stories, travel tips and free advertising platform to redefine Cambodia.
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Why women want plastic surgery

Why women want plastic surgery | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Education, social status, mental health and childhood events are factors which can be used to predict which women consider cosmetic surgery.
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Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou | Nottingham Contemporary

Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou | Nottingham Contemporary | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Art - Exhibitions Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou 20 Oct 2012 - 06 Jan 2013We present a major exhibition of Haitian art, the UK’s first for many years...

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Learn History with Britannica Kids Ancient Rome

Learn History with Britannica Kids Ancient Rome | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome is such a great app for upper elementary and middle school kids.  It has rich content yet all at the appropriate age level, no matter it is the length of each article or the vocabulary choices....

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First Teleportation from One Macroscopic Object to Another 150 Meters Away

First Teleportation from One Macroscopic Object to Another 150 Meters Away | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

Physicists have teleported quantum information from one ensemble of atoms to another 150 metres away, a demonstration that paves the way towards quantum routers and a quantum Internet.

 

Technologies behind a quantum internet will be quantum routers capable of transmitting quantum information from one location to another without destroying it. That's no easy task. Quantum bits or qubits are famously fragile—a single measurement destroys them. So it's not all obvious how macroscopic objects such as routers in a fibre optics network can handle qubits without demolishing them.

However, physicists have a trick up their sleeve to help send qubits safely. This trick is teleportation, a standard tool in any decent quantum optics lab.

 

It relies on the strange phenomenon of entanglement in which two quantum objects share the same existence. That link ensures that no matter how far apart they are, a measurement on one particle instantly influences the other. It is this 'influence' that allows physicists to transmit quantum information from one point in space to another without it passing through the space in between.

 

Of course, teleportation is tricky, but physicists are getting better at it. They've teleported quantum information from one photon to another, from ions to photons and even from a macroscopic ensemble of atoms to a photon. Now Xiao-Hui Bao at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei and a few buddies say they've added a new and important technique to this box of tricks.

These guys have teleported quantum information from ensemble of rubidium atoms to another ensemble of rubidium atoms over a distance of 150 metres using entangled photons. That's the first time that anybody has performed teleportation from one macroscopic object to another.

 

“This is interesting as the first teleportation between two macroscopic-sized objects at a distance of macroscopic scale,” say Xiao-Hui and co. Quite right. The goal in a quantum internet is that ensembles of atoms will sit at the heart of quantum routers, receiving quantum information from incoming photons and then generating photons that pass this information on to the next router. So clearly the first teleportation from one of these hearts to another is an important advance.

 

Of course, there are hurdles ahead. Xiao-Hui and co want to increase the probability of success for each instance of teleportation, to increase the amount of time that the atomic ensemble can store quantum information before it leaks away (currently just over 100 microseconds) and to create a chain of atomic ensembles that will better demonstrate the potential of the technique for quantum routing. None of those challenges seem like showstoppers. Which means that practical quantum routers and the quantum internet that relies on them are just around the corner.


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Election Day was Historic

Election Day was Historic | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

More women than ever have been elected to both the House and Senate. 


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Bizarre penis shaved by scientists

Bizarre penis shaved by scientists | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
The most terrifying penis in the animal kingdom has now been under the laser. Here, scientists found the answer to an evolutionary mystery.
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140 Murdered In Brazil's Largest City Over The Past Two Weeks

140 Murdered In Brazil's Largest City Over The Past Two Weeks | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO -- At least 140 people have been murdered in South America's biggest city over the past two weeks in a rising wave of violence, Sao Paulo's Public Safety Department says.
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Imprisoned women journalists and netizens risking death - Reporters Without Borders

Imprisoned women journalists and netizens risking death - Reporters Without Borders | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the state of health of eight women prisoners of conscience who began a hunger strike five days ago in protest against inhuman and degrading jail conditions.
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You are the weakest link in IT security

You are the weakest link in IT security | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Hackers often gain access to IT systems by exploiting the weakest link in IT security – the users. New social IT security system aims to weed out the human factor.
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9 colorful and endangered tree-dwelling tarantulas discovered in Brazil - Phys.Org

9 colorful and endangered tree-dwelling tarantulas discovered in Brazil - Phys.Org | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
UPI.com9 colorful and endangered tree-dwelling tarantulas discovered in BrazilPhys.OrgThis shows the "Typhochlaena amma" -- from Brazilian Atlantic rainforest mountain range in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil.
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NEPAL: Radio stations ill-prepared for earthquakes

NEPAL: Radio stations ill-prepared for earthquakes | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Radio stations in Nepal, critical sources of emergency information, are ill-prepared to withstand or operate in the event of an earthquake, experts warn.
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Two journalists threatened with death in hostile e-mails - Reporters Without Borders

Two journalists threatened with death in hostile e-mails - Reporters Without Borders | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by death threats received in e-mails yesterday by the journalists Baboucarr Ceesay and Abubaccar Saidykhan, against whom charges of conspiracy and inciting violence were dropped earlier this week.
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Enhanced imaging of brain damage boosts treatment

Enhanced imaging of brain damage boosts treatment | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Better pictures of injured brains improve treatment and promote knowledge – of healthy brains too.
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Creativity linked to mental illness

Creativity linked to mental illness | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Artists and researchers are more disposed toward psychiatric disorders than the general population. Authors are the most vulnerable.
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