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For online media, survival is success

For online media, survival is success | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Times are hard for the traditional media, but actually even harder for the new online media. For them, bare survival is a success in itself, new research suggests. This can have consequences for democracy.
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In Portugal, A Military Base Becomes A Conservation Center

In Portugal, A Military Base Becomes A Conservation Center | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
A Portuguese military site, reimagined as a coastal conservation center, has taken top honors in this year’s Architecture for Humanity Open Architecture Challenge. The theme of the competition, [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS, called on architects and designers worldwide to identify retired military installations in their own backyard, and to collaborate with local stakeholders to reclaim these spaces for the greater social, economic, and environmental good. The Challenge Winner in the competition, announced on August 1, is the Ocean & Coastline Observatory (OCO) slated for Caminho da Raposeira Estrada Militar, a decommissioned battery in Trafaria.

 

Trafaria is is located on the estuary of the Tagus River, on the opposite shore from Lisbon, once a strategic area for the military protection of the Portuguese coastline. Trafaria’s Coast Artillery Regiment 5th Battery was built back in the days when heavy cannons were the weapon of choice, and battery’s concrete walls and iron slabs — with simple stonework in the eaves, stairs, windows and doors openings — were built to last.

The battery also happens to be located in the Costa da Caparica Fossil-Cliff Protected Landscape, 1570 hectares extending along the coast — which led the Lisbon Architecture Collective to re-interpret this military installation as a battery for coastline protection. By imagining it as a center for defending the coast against against environmental threats, the design aims to supervise the sustainable preservation of the coast while helping to preserve heritage.

“More than an economic asset,” the design team said, in their statement, “the ocean…defines our identity.” The designers reimagine the old military compound as a place where different area communities (including residents, scientists, researchers, fisherman, sportsmen and students), can meet and share their concerns, plans and ambitions for the coastline...


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A Brief History of False Flag Attacks: Or Why Government Loves State Sponsored Terror

A Brief History of False Flag Attacks: Or Why Government Loves State Sponsored Terror | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

False flag terrorism is a favorite political tactic used by governments worldwide. They influence elections, guide national and international policy, and are cynically used to formulate propaganda and shape public opinion as nations go to war.

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Pull, push and kill cabbage root flies

Pull, push and kill cabbage root flies | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Cabbage root flies can devastate fields of cabbage and broccoli. But a clever defence has been developed using fungi, Chinese cabbage and clover.
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The molecule that stops the Black Death

The molecule that stops the Black Death | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
A crucial 'alarm molecule' warning the immune system of pathogens has been identified by a Norwegian researcher.
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Why work more for less?

Why work more for less? | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Business leaders demand motivation on the one hand, but act in a demotivating way on the other. This is a paradox where there is a far greater need for responsibility – among business managers.
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Creativity is a social process

Creativity is a social process | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Having done fieldwork at the fashion house Hugo Boss, a Danish anthropologist concludes that creativity is not a result of individuals. Rather, it’s a social process that occurs among individuals.
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Rare flat-headed cat caught on video

Rare flat-headed cat caught on video | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Copenhagen Zoo has filmed the rare flat-headed cat with a kitten. The footage will provide scientists with new knowledge about the cat’s behaviour – which is important in the efforts to save the endangered cat.
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Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya – the rainforest at Kakum national park ...

Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya – the rainforest at Kakum national park ... | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Today was an excursion to the Kakum National Rainforest. The rainforest covers an area of about 350 square meters. I hoped on a bus from the Coconut Grove hotel that took about an hour to get to the rainforest.
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Using Infographics to Educate the World About Human Rights

Using Infographics to Educate the World About Human Rights | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
As individuals, we may disagree on many issues, from philosophy to politics, to what constitutes proper nutrition. But if there is one topic everyone recognizes as tremendously important, it’s that everyone is entitled to basic human rights.

One of the biggest challenges to getting people the rights they deserve as human beings, however, is awareness. And many human rights activist organizations have turned to visualization to help inform the public about issues going on in the world. At Visual.ly, we recognize this struggle to inform, so we’ve decided to open up a Human Rights topic on our newly redesigned site. This topic will provide a place for people to educate themselves about many of the humanitarian movements around the planet. To help kick off the category and raise awareness, here are 12 visualizations about humanitarian issues...


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First Leopard Sighting in Sri Lanka

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Yala West National Park


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The Dignity of Difference

The Dignity of Difference | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
The year 2001 began as the United Nations Year of Dialogue between Civilizations.

 

This book appears to be an ideological counterwight to Samuel Huntington's "the Clash of Civilizations."  To see a sample of Huntington, read: http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/faculty/hauser/PS103/Readings/HuntingtonClashOfCivilizationsForAffSummer93.pdf ;


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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S. | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Chandrima Roy's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:36 AM

wow

Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

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The highest possible resolution for color images — about 100,000 dots per inch — has been

The highest possible resolution for color images — about 100,000 dots per inch — has been | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it

Images made up of metal-nanostructure pixels could be used for security or optical data storage. Each pixel in these ultra-resolution images is made up of four nanoscale posts capped with silver and gold nanodisks. By varying the diameters of the structures (which are tens of nanometers) and the spaces between them, it’s possible to control what color of light they reflect. Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore used this effect, called structural color, to come up with a full palette of colors. As a proof of principle, they printed a 50×50-micrometer version of the ‘Lena’ test image, a richly colored portrait of a woman that is commonly used as a printing standard.

 

Joel Yang, a materials scientist A*STAR, who led the study, first noticed the effect when looking at metal nanoparticles under a light microscope. “We saw that we could control the colors, from red to blue, by controlling the size of the particles,” he says. Depending on its size, a metal nanostructure resonates with a particular wavelength of light — much like a guitar string resonates at a particular frequency depending on its length. Light at the right wavelength causes electrons on the surface of the metal nanostructure to resonate, and this determines the color the structure reflects. This effect, called plasmon resonance, is well known to physicists. Yang is the first to come up with a way to take advantage of it to print high-resolution, full-color images, says Jay Guo, an engineer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who was not involved with the work.


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Your DNA loves horror movies

Your DNA loves horror movies | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
When we watch a scary movie, we’re training our ability to cope with critical situations. This explains our natural attraction to horror, says researcher.
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Volcanic ash detection technology tested on aircraft

Volcanic ash detection technology tested on aircraft | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
An infrared system that detects and informs about volcanic ash in the atmosphere has been tested on an Airbus A340.
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Guitar company used illegal rainforest wood - People's World

Guitar company used illegal rainforest wood - People's World | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
New York TimesGuitar company used illegal rainforest woodPeople's WorldGibson, one of the most celebrated guitar brands, has admitted to using illegal, threatened rainforest wood to make its instruments.
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Australian Pig Farming: The Inside Story

Australian Pig Farming: The Inside Story | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
The truth behind pig farming in Australia - covert investigation at Wally's Piggery NSW revealing extreme cruelty and disrepair.
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Multiple exposure’s digital era

Multiple exposure’s digital era | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
The ability to take a number of pictures all on the same frame was simple in the days of film cameras.
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How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs

How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Frustrated with US dictates, countries across the region are floating new ideas to curb drug trafficking, from 'soft' enforcement to legalization.
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Space radars see pirate loggers

Space radars see pirate loggers | Southern Hemisphere | Scoop.it
Loggers can get away with felling single trees here and there in rain forests, you might think. Not so – they can be caught by radars in space.
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