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Curated by Louis Culotta
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Skiers flock to Mt Hutt

Skiers flock to Mt Hutt | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Mt Hutt reopened today after receiving almost 3 metres of snow in last week's storm.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Well, from a Geographic stand point. As we swelter here in the US during our Summer.

In New Zealand it is the beginning of winter and this ski area called Mnt Hutt on the South Island that I have been to, just got a 90 inch dumping of snow.

 

PS: Now thats some great skiing.

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Launch comes to a flaming end

Launch comes to a flaming end | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Unmanned Russian rocket carrying satellites worth US$200 million crashes shortly after lift-off.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres a video that shows how something considered normal at this point in the lauching of satellites from the Russian Space Federation can still go wrong.

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | The World Planet | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

Its hard to believe that this was 150 years ago that this happened.

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John Slifko's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:17 PM

the rent of the civil war 

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 28, 1:13 PM

unit 1

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Snowden leaves Hong Kong, lands in Russia

Snowden leaves Hong Kong, lands in Russia | The World Planet | Scoop.it
NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who faces extradition to the U.S. for espionage charges, has requested asylum in Ecuador.
Louis Culotta's insight:

after reading this story..it seems like a the last place this guy would go to escape his extradition back to the states.

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Monster mosquitoes with nasty bite descend on Florida

Monster mosquitoes with nasty bite descend on Florida | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The Sunshine State is abuzz with reports of gallinippers, super-sized mosquitoes known for inflicting a knife-like bite.
Louis Culotta's insight:

yikes...I hope they dont head north this summer.

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1,300-pound monster mako shark may be the biggest ever caught

1,300-pound monster mako shark may be the biggest ever caught | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Three guys fishing from a charter boat around 15 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif., hooked a shortfin mako which just might be the biggest shark ever caught.
Louis Culotta's insight:

wow...but you would think they would cut it loose after they caught it.

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N. Korea fires yet another missile: 6th in 3 days

N. Korea fires yet another missile: 6th in 3 days | The World Planet | Scoop.it
For three days, North Korea has been firing off missiles. Why? Provocation, the South says. Drills, the North rebuts.
Louis Culotta's insight:

it looks like somebody needs attention again..you would think that every time they launch a missle that they could have fed all the starving people in North Korea is mindboggling to me.

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Anger at Syria 'heart-eating video'

Anger at Syria 'heart-eating video' | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A video which appears to show a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a dead soldier is condemned by the opposition and Human Rights Watch.
Louis Culotta's insight:

I think time for the UN to step up to the plate and do something soon on this issue.

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Rodman asks Kim for Americans release

Rodman asks Kim for Americans release | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un to ask for the release of a
Korean-American man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the
North.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Could this be our next US diplomate to North Korea...Just when you have thought that you have seen it all with Rodman. Only time will tell I guess.

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The Names Behind The States

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An infographic of the etymology and cultural origins of the names that made the United States of America.


Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

this is some great information on how the states names happened...sometimes the the most practical things trigger how thing are named.

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Seth Dixon's comment, May 6, 2013 3:21 PM
@Carly, Texas is also inaccurate...
Francisco Javier 's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:52 PM

The Names Behind The States | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...

Aulde de Barbuat's comment, May 18, 2013 7:08 AM
quite interesting, thanks. Unhappily, the link seems broken..Do you happen to have another one?
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N. Korea baits US by sentencing American to 15 years: Analyst

N. Korea baits US by sentencing American to 15 years: Analyst | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Historically, North Korea detains Americans to provoke the U.S. to send an emissary, an analyst says.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Here they go again...the question that should be asked is why would any American would go anywhere near North Korea under the current politicsl system and feel safe.

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New York's Changing Skyline

New York's Changing Skyline | The World Planet | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon
Louis Culotta's insight:

if you look at the first picture...it looks like the tall building on the water could be the first stage of the Brooklyn Bridge...any suggestions to this?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:55 PM

I love this visualization of New York City's evolving skyline from 1876-2013.  The urban landscape of America's prominent cities has changed dramatically. 


Tags: historical,urbanarchitecture, landscape, NYC.

Louis Culotta's comment, May 1, 2013 11:32 AM
I wonder if the tallest building in the first picture is the first stage of the Brooklyn Bridge??????
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Living Under Vegas

Living Under Vegas | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Find out why roughly a thousand people call the tunnels under Las Vegas home, and see how they live.
Louis Culotta's insight:

if you want to see what the economy is really like in Las Vegas beneath the the bells, whistles, shows and casinos. heres a glimpse of the the real victoms of the resession...watch this video.

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Snowden logs 19 asylum requests

Snowden logs 19 asylum requests | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The WikiLeaks website says Edward Snowden is seeking asylum in 19 more countries, including China.
Louis Culotta's insight:

This poor guy....He's up to 19 countries that he is tring to escape too... but at the end of the day none of thes countries except North Korea of Iran will take him for fear of loosing US aid in the future.

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Croatia has become the latest member of the EU periphery

Croatia has become the latest member of the EU periphery | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Srecko Horvat and Igor Stiks: Croatia's accession is marked by public anxiety that it will be the latest fall guy of the EU political elite's neoliberal ideology
Louis Culotta's insight:

and here is number 28 the the european union.how will that help them is the big question.

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Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet - The Guardian

Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet - The Guardian | The World Planet | Scoop.it
The Guardian Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet The Guardian "It's best to get it out of the water now or it'll start getting grazed by the little beasties," says Lars Brunner as he hauls 50kg of glistening,...
Louis Culotta's insight:

Heres the greenest of green energy thats "everywhere around the planet" to make bio-fuel...check it out.

 

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World's greatest unsolved mysteries

World's greatest unsolved mysteries | The World Planet | Scoop.it
FBI agents dug up a field near Detroit looking for the remains of former union boss Jimmy Hoffa, prompting a look at some of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries.
Louis Culotta's insight:

In reading this story... This would have to be the ultimate who-dun-it misteries of the 20th century.

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Russian police raid underground city

Russian police raid underground city | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Police in Moscow discovered an underground city with hundreds of migrant workers inside.
Louis Culotta's insight:

This is a video to watch...can you believe what's going on around the world these days.

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McCain slips into Syria, meets with rebels

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Republican Sen. John McCain met with opposition rebels in a surprise visit to Syria, but no details of his visit were released.
Louis Culotta's insight:

 I think things will start to happen with John McCain on the ground to check out the situation in Syria...

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Bomber in Afghanistan kills 6 Americans, 15 total

Bomber in Afghanistan kills 6 Americans, 15 total | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Of six Americans killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, two were soldiers and four contractors. A Taliban-linked group claimed responsibility.
Louis Culotta's insight:

With all this going on... it shows how much they want us out of the country.

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There are 7 billion of us on the planet. What does that really look like?

There are 7 billion of us on the planet. What does that really look like? | The World Planet | Scoop.it
It can be hard to get your mind wrapped around large numbers like the 7 billion humans living on Earth. 7BillionWorld helps you visualize that number.
Louis Culotta's insight:

heres agood way to look at where everyone lives on plant earth...check out the video.

 

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China bank cuts off N. Korea bank thought to finance nukes

China bank cuts off N. Korea bank thought to finance nukes | The World Planet | Scoop.it
China's frustration with North Korea's war taunts is behind the Bank of China cutting off ties with the bank that may be financing the country's nuclear program.
Louis Culotta's insight:

when things like this happen...China has had enough with North Korea.

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Prezi: an Alternative to Powerpoint

Shake things up by trying Prezi.  This one I use at the end of the semester for my Regional Geography course.  Geography and Prezi are both all about "making the connections..."


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check out for study.

 

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MBrunelle's comment, December 8, 2011 1:42 PM
Pretty cool!
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Obama: US will consider military action against Syria

Obama: US will consider military action against Syria | The World Planet | Scoop.it
President Obama says he would consider military action against Syria but needs more intelligence on chemical weapons.
Louis Culotta's insight:

well...if you read between the lines. I think the US is going to start to act in resolving this conflict.

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Louis Culotta's comment, May 5, 2013 11:02 AM
I think with the air strikes this weekend we will start to see more action the halt Syria's civil war activities.
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Lebanon dragged into Syria conflict

Lebanon dragged into Syria conflict | The World Planet | Scoop.it
As the conflict in Syria drags on, pro-government fighters near the country's borders are turning for increasing support to their allies in neighbouring territories.
Louis Culotta's insight:

Check out this video...it show just how close Syria can drag its boarder county of Lebanon into the civil war conflict they are having right now.

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