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Stray Dogs Master Moscow Subway

Stray Dogs Master Moscow Subway | The World Planet | Scoop.it

"Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you may notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B.  Yes, some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops."


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Louis Culotta's insight:

This is a very cool story.. now if only go the extra mile and to take home with them.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:46 PM

Dogs are creatures of habit. They get on at one stop and off at another every day or every so often. This is because there is an abundance of stray dogs and since no one is taking them in, Moscow will continue to have interesting subway surfers among them.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 2014 11:06 AM

Humans commonly think of themselves as separate from nature.  However, we very much are a part of it and animals, like these stray dogs, know it.  When dealing with something more powerful than yourself, you have to learn how to navigate the system in order to survive.  That is exactly what these dogs have done, literally and figuratively, by learning the complex subway systems in Moscow.  It is an example of how animals can adapt to their man-made surroundings and how persistent (the rest of) nature can be.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 5:51 PM

Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you notice that the commuters around you include a stray dog. Some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's complicated subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops. The human commuters around them are so accustomed to it that they rarely seem to notice. As many as 35,000 stray dogs live in Russia's capital city. They can be found everywhere, from markets to construction sites to underground passageways, scrounging for food and trying to survive. Using the subway is just one of many strategies that they use to survive. Living in the streets in tough and these dogs know this better than some humans. What is most impressive about their dogs is their ability to deal with the Metro's loud noises and packed crowds, distractions that domesticated dogs often cannot handle.

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Facebook connections map the world

Facebook connections map the world | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Facebook intern Paul Butler has created a detailed map of the world by mapping connections between people using the social network living in different cities.

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This is very cool...just like the internet map you posted. I have a seperate facebook page just to communicate back and forth to my friend nd his family in New Zealand in real time for free.

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 27, 2013 8:25 PM

This is a picture of our world and the real way that we are connected in real time from Facebook. It's amazing! Share this everywhere!

Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:23 PM

This map amazes me because of just how big Facebook has become after starting as a small site for college kids in the U.S. to connect on.  Now it is one of the largest contributing factors to globalization as it allows people from various continents to connect to others with a simple Internet connection.  It has helped people of different cultures come together and as we saw in class, it helps spread word of different political happenings that regular news media tries to hide from us.  

It's also really interesting to see how China is completely off the grid and so is central and Saharan Africa because in terms of modern day globalization, they are not areas that participate in many global affairs and with the prominence Facebook holds in today's world, the parts of the world that are missing are much stranger to us in cultural terms.

L.Long's curator insight, February 16, 2014 4:26 AM

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Machu Picchu Celebrations

Machu Picchu Celebrations | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Celebrations mark 100th anniv of discovery of Machu Picchu
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HERE IS THE 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY VIDEO CELEBRATION OF MACHU PICCU...PASS IT ALONG, ITS VERY COOL TO WATCH.

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Emma Lafleur's comment, April 25, 2013 10:38 PM
Really cool video!! I like how it illustrates the culture that they have saved overtime and their pride in that culture.
Louis Culotta's comment, April 27, 2013 11:20 AM
Your right! They did put a lot of effort into making the celebration as authentic as possible.
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Earth Day's good news: Column

Earth Day's good news: Column | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Shale gas revolution has curtailed U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. (RT @FBNStossel: .@BjornLomborg gets it right.
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well heres some good news for Earth Day...CO2 emmission are going down in the US.I guess everything helps.

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Where North Korea wants to Attack!

From the NY Times: "North Korea, which seemed to be running out of tubs to thump, found a new target for its ire in a propaganda video released Saturday on Uriminzokkiri, a government Web site.

To a soundtrack of fervent synthesizers and inspirational light rock, the video announces that North Korea will aim nuclear weapons (that it may, or may not, be able to launch) at Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Honolulu and… Colorado Springs, Co.

The unorthodox move — apparently an attempt to target the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad, and the United States Air Force Academy — is compounded by the fact that Pyongyang does not quite know where the city is. The map shown in the video places it somewhere in Louisiana."


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After watching this video it makes it really hard to believe any of this is possible at all to anyone in the world watching it, other than making the people of North Korea believe it to keep up moral in the contry itself.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:35 PM

We watched this video in class and its just absurd. North Korea has no idea what they are doing and what are they going to attack? Nuclear weapons are no joke but this video is pretty funny.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 2:24 PM

North Korea uses propaganda videos in order to convince its citizens that they are in fact, the biggest and baddest. This video is supposed to show North Koreans that they should not fear the United States because they (might?) have nuclear missiles that can potentially reach American soil, specifically DC, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Colorado Springs (though they depict Norad as being in Louisiana, not Colorado). North Korea's policies regarding outside media keep the people dependent on the government as a source of information. While the United States is quite sure that North Korea cannot in fact reach the United States, the idea is still unnerving. As military technologies develop, physical geography may no longer be a form of defense, 

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, May 7, 2015 8:54 AM

Of course it is going to be scary when you watch a video of missiles be launched towards your country.  That's simply just the surface of things, but any educated person knows that you need to put everything and anything into the proper context.  So, in order to get a true measure of this videos legitimacy you need to analyze a few areas.

 

First off, the video is in Korean, so I personally do not know what they are saying which makes me hesitant to overreact. There is a visual I see but sometimes pictures tell a whole different story than the actual situation.  Secondly, this could be simply propaganda to invoke confidence in its citizens.  Just like every government on the face of the earth, they might be just trying to convince its people that they are safe due to their military mite and the capability of defending their homeland.  Lastly, what type of weight would I put on a source that is inaccurate.  They clearly mislabel Colorado Springs.  If this attack was legitimately imminent don't you think they would have things accurate down to the millimeter?????  

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Is it 'terrorism?' How we define the word today

Is it 'terrorism?' How we define the word today | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Words can serve many purposes, holding cultural fears, moving political agendas, and making sense of the momentous and the unknown. The word "terrorism" is one such word.
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Here is some good insite to what the word terrorism really means and how its defined in todays world.

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Hidden energy costs make the wireless cloud bad for the planet | ZDNet

Hidden energy costs make the wireless cloud bad for the planet | ZDNet | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Forget data centres: researchers at the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) in Australia have calculated that wireless cloud access will generate as much planet-harming CO2 as 4.9 million cars by 2015 (Hidden energy costs make the...
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this is something you don't think about when you store something in the cloud...

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Caleb Elijah Clark's comment, April 18, 2013 12:48 PM
I never realized how much energy the cloud uses.
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Australia to tackle Japan on whaling at U.N. world court

Australia to tackle Japan on whaling at U.N. world court | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Australia is to fire the opening salvoes in a legal battle before the United Nations' highest court in June aimed…
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In looking at this artical and reading some others in regards to ths topic of Japan using the loophole of research to take ships to the bottom of the earth to kill over 14,000 whales over the years to check how long they live is a discrace to anyone buying into the factory scale killing of these largest of endngered animals. I hope they are forced to end the practice in court this summer. 

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Kerry urges N Korea to join dialogue

Kerry urges N Korea to join dialogue | The World Planet | Scoop.it
US Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Japan, calls on North Korea to engage in "responsible dialogue" to end rising regional tensions.
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hi, if you watch this video clip you get hints of a 2016 run for President by John Kerry again...

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5 countries that hate America most

5 countries that hate America most | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A public opinion survey of residents of more than 130 countries suggests that the Middle East is home to people with the most distrust of the United States.
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surprise, surprise...I would never have guessed by looking at the shoes in the picture.

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6 Ways Climate Change Will Affect You

6 Ways Climate Change Will Affect You | The World Planet | Scoop.it
From the food we eat to the energy, transportation, and water we all need, a warmer world will bring big changes for everyone.

 

B Sinica: This article touches every aspect of geography from culture to climate [considering] how the growing population plays the biggest role in determining the future of life on Earth.  People need to recognize the problems and potential future issues with global warming and the rapidly changing environment.  Though not many issues can be prevented or even solved, the least we can do is try to lessen the severity of devastation and prolong the current conditions as much as possible before the world becomes too extreme to manage.


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In reading some blogs on accuweather.com. I found that as the jet stream slows down in the upper atmostphere, the wether patterns linger longer in areas of ether colder or warmer weather in the mid lattitudes and all the while the average temps have doubled in the arctic.

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Brianna Simao's comment, April 30, 2013 10:22 PM
It is kind of a scary thought that global warming could greatly disrupt the way we live. Everyone is affected by it especially businesses like farms. The production of crops declines because of the excessive heat. Changing climate affect the length of each season which hurts the process of growing and harvesting crops. There would also be a change in the production, storage and transportation. It will cost more money to properly manage these businesses. This change will not only affect companies and how we handle our food but also our way of life and health. We would all have to adapt to such drastic changes in the environment which may be a struggle for some. Health wise, if it is too hot and people are not well adapted then it could lead to hospitalization and increased health risks. I don’t think there is much we can do to lessen the severity because it is a natural cycle of earth. I do think we may have sped up the process a little bit, for example car exhaustion and greenhouse gasses. But we are so dependent on such technology we can’t just make it disappear.
Dillon Cartwright's comment, May 3, 2013 4:04 PM
It's crazy that something like a little climate change can change the affect the entire world. Not just in one way either, it affects the world in many ways, like the 6 mentioned above. I don't think people realize the frailty of the environment they live in. Something as small as someones car exhaust becomes kind of a big deal when there are hundreds of millions of cars in the world.
In addition to that, I think it's great that life expectancy has gone up with cures to diseases and advances in modern medicine. It's a good thing that people are living longer lives, but it's a problem when these people aren't environmentally conscious. If there is going to be a consistent increase in population, there should also be an increase in environmental awareness so everyone can work together in slowing down this destructive process.
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:03 PM

Climate change is going to affect how we live in the future. It will cause lack of food, energy sources, health risks, climate changes, drought etc. It is because of our growing population and the amount of people the world has to take care of for all of us to survive. We are also using too many of its resources too quickly. What could we do now to try to slow down the process of it happening? 

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Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Top Of The Pops 3\5\81)

Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Top Of The Pops 3\5\81) (Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Top Of The Pops 3\5\81): http://t.co/HdBENG4TZJ My Babyyyy ♥)...
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I can't believe this song is 32 years old...but kinda rocked anyway.

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Report: US delays missile test as tensions rise

Report: US delays missile test as tensions rise | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has postponed the long-planned Minuteman 3 test in a bid to prevent a exacerbation of the Korean crisis.
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One would have to wonder if North Korea looks at this as action as US weakness instead of what it actually is ?????

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Mars One seeks colonists to live—and die—on the Red Planet

Mars One seeks colonists to live—and die—on the Red Planet | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Want a one-way ticket to Mars?Here’s your chance (#Mars One seeks #colonists to live—and die—on the #Red Planet: http://t.co/lScfiY8XDF via @wtcommunities)...
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Heres a one way ticket to live on a new planet...Mar's that is ..the catch is you can't come back home...give this a read.

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Social Studies Praxis Exam: Geographic Content

"Preparing to Teach Social Studies: Geographic Content for the Praxis Exam."


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This will be abig help when i have to take that exam...Thanks for the info on it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:28 PM

I know that most of my readers are in-service teachers as opposed to pre-service teachers, but I thought it was still worth sharing.  Several schools have noticed that without geography classes, social studies teachers have difficulty becoming certified without some core geographic content.  As a part of job at the Alliance coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, I'm giving a workshop tonight at Salve Regina University designed to strengthen pre-service teachers geographic content as outlined on the Praxis Exam.  I have  prepared these materials with that audience in mind, but if there is anything you find useful, please use it or share it with those that could use it (local School of Education, Alliance, etc).  Most of the images in the presentation are hyperlinked to articles, videos and infographics that I have posted here in the past.   Here is the link to the other parts of the test.


TagsRhode Island, training, geography education.

Dean Haakenson's comment, April 19, 2013 2:22 PM
Too bad that many school districts do not teach pure geography courses as well.
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Before Housing Bubbles, There Was Land Fever

Before Housing Bubbles, There Was Land Fever | The World Planet | Scoop.it
American real estate manias are as old as the nation itself, but until recently they were localized — and focused on land, not homes.

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here is some good reading on the real estate market that looks promising.

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Tom Foley's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:39 AM

If you are buying a house as a long term home, now is the right time! 

Louis Culotta's comment, April 24, 2013 3:58 PM
It looks like were turning the corner on the economy..Thanks
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Cellphones' bigger budget bite?

Cellphones' bigger budget bite? | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Cellphones account for an increasing proportion of household expenses. How much have they really changed your bottom line?
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Here's somthing everybody can relate to these days. The forever increasing cost of cell phone use.

 

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Machu Picchu News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com

Machu Picchu News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Watch breaking news videos and read news updates about Machu Picchu on FOXNews.com.
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Well...If your looking for a great vacation spot

 in South America.Than check this out on one of my top ten places to visit...Machu Picchu in Puru which was a Inca Indian resorts for the the well to do of that group on American Indians.

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Tom Foley's comment, April 21, 2013 3:46 PM
This looks like a great place to bring the family!
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Boston bombing: What we know

Boston bombing: What we know | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 170. Here's a look at what we know so far about the bombing and the investigation.
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Heres a update on the Boston bombing and what they know as of now.

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Meahn Krystal Choup's comment, April 18, 2013 12:56 PM
thank for the update.
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George W. Bush: 'I'm Comfortable With What I Did' : NPR

George W. Bush: 'I'm Comfortable With What I Did' : NPR | The World Planet | Scoop.it
In a long interview with The Dallas Morning News, the former president says that "nobody likes to be criticized all the time," but that he made the right decisions based on the information he had at the time.
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It's amazing how low key George W Bush has been over the last few years and heres a update on he's been doing.

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What If the World's Soil Runs Out?

What If the World's Soil Runs Out? | The World Planet | Scoop.it
A broken food system is destroying the soil and fuelling health crises as well as conflicts, warns Professor John Crawford of the University of Sydney (If it’s not in the #soil, it’s not in our #food.
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here is something that we don't consider aproblem in the world! but could it happen?

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US, China pledge efforts for nuclear-free NKorea

US, China pledge efforts for nuclear-free NKorea | The World Planet | Scoop.it
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with China's foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi, and said both countries "are committed to taking actions in order to make good" on the promise of ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
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Well...it looks like China to the rescue to keep North Korea at bay with playing with Nuclear Weapons or nuclear anything for that matter.

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S. Korea: 'Very high' probability of North missile launch

S. Korea: 'Very high' probability of North missile launch | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Alert levels and surveillance are ramped up in South Korea on Wednesday as officials say North Korea may launch a missile "at any time."
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lets see what happen????

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Louis Culotta's comment, April 10, 2013 2:27 PM
very true. I think North Korea needs anything to happen to boost their view in the world good or bad... sorry to say.
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Flagstaff hosts conference on how to protect the planet from asteroids - The Republic

Flagstaff hosts conference on how to protect the planet from asteroids - The Republic | The World Planet | Scoop.it
Flagstaff hosts conference on how to protect the planet from asteroids
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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Scientists, engineers and policymakers are gathering in Flagstaff to talk about how to protect the planet from asteroids.
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Louis Culotta's comment, April 8, 2013 2:10 PM
this is one of those meetings to be a fly on the wall to see what ideas they come up with that are not on the news.
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North Korea may be preparing missile tests

North Korea may be preparing missile tests | The World Planet | Scoop.it
South Korean and US officials are warning of increased activity from Pyongyang ahead of some nationally important anniversaries.
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Well...as I figured, this would happen.

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