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Top 20 Earth Images

Top 20 Earth Images | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.

Via Seth Dixon
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The views of Earth from Space are fascinating.  Mountains, deserts, volcanoes, islands all seen from above.  My favorite is the city of Aleppo. What is yours?

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David Cordts's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:12 AM

For the image-concious among our Scoopers, here'are some great images of Mother Earth.

Alex Schaerer's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:50 AM

Incredible images of Mother Earth. It is all of our responsibility to look past our short term existence here to ensure that she flourishes for millenia for our future generations. 

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 11:31 PM
Five satellites have taken some of the most amazing photos of amazing places all over the world. The photos show the beauty of each place some places i never even knew existed.
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Navajo code talker dies at age 95

Navajo code talker dies at age 95 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Joe Hosteen Kellwood, a Navajo code talker who served in the Marines during World War II, died Monday at age 95.
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Why scientists reconstructed an ancient plague

Why scientists reconstructed an ancient plague | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Scientists have sequenced an ancient plague genome to better understand the history and biology of the disease.
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It sounds strange, recreating an ancient disease.  The more that we understand about past diseases the more that we can see how they change and help prevent them.
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Legendary (Imaginary?) Nazi Gold Train Still Missing

Legendary (Imaginary?) Nazi Gold Train Still Missing | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Another dig below a Polish town failed to find a legendary gold- and gem-filled train from World War II.
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Millions of dollars worth of art and artifacts went missing during WWII.  Some were destroyed in bombings while others were taken.  
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When Ancient Greece Banned Women From Olympics, They Started Their Own

When Ancient Greece Banned Women From Olympics, They Started Their Own | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Sadly, historians lack good documentation on the badass Heraean Games.
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In Ancient Greece, women were generally not allowed to participate in many aspects of society.  The Olympic Games were one example, not only were they not allowed to participate they were not allowed to watch either.
We don't have a lot of information on the Heraean Games.  Some people believe that this means that the games never happened.  However, more probably, it means that they were not documented because the historians and writers of the time did not think that they were important.  Women were not considered citizens, so their activities were not valued for the Ancient Greek Civilization.
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Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II

Night Witches: The Female Fighter Pilots of World War II | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Members of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment decorated their planes with flowers ... and dropped 23,000 tons of bombs.
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It is unimaginable to think that any pilot would be expected to fly multiple missions at night in a plane made of wood.  Not only did these women do this, they were among the most feared pilots of WWII.
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And the world's most beloved landmark is ...

And the world's most beloved landmark is ... | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
TripAdvisor has announced its ranking of the world's most popular major landmarks. Some biggies missed the cut.
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Everyone has an opinion, so what would your most beloved landmark be?
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Renaming a Country: the Czechia Chronicles

Renaming a Country: the Czechia Chronicles | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Citizens and and friends of the Czech Republic discuss whether it should go by a different name.
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What is in a name? Should the people in the Czech Republic give themselves a shorter name?
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The Americanization of Cinco de Mayo

The Americanization of Cinco de Mayo | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Celebration features many toasts to heritage but groups toil to restore cultural meaning.
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Cinco de Mayo is based on an event in Mexico but America has embraced the holiday and distorted it to a food event.
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Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102

Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
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Joseph Medicine Crow has been the last War Chief of the Crow Nation.  He was a great historian and scholar.  
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King Tut's tomb: '90%' chance of hidden chambers

King Tut's tomb: '90%' chance of hidden chambers | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Findings from a radar scan of Tutankhamun's tomb will be a crucial step in resolving one of ancient Egypt's biggest enigmas.
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It is interesting to know that the history of King Tut that many people thought that we understood everything about is being rewritten.  There have been several new discoveries about his mask and now his tomb.  Hopefully, we will learn more or gain more artifacts from his time.
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The Ancient Origins of Health Spas

The Ancient Origins of Health Spas | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Many physicians of the Classical era employed brutal practices including bloodletting and burning, but some treated patient pain with baths, naps, and wine.
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Spa days and the relaxation that they bring are wonderful.  Some of these ancient versions don't sound too bad.  Many of these sound painful and I would avoid them.
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Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise

Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Scientists are struggling to figure out the timeline for how climate change will affect vulnerable waterfront communities.
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There is a natural change to sea levels with periods of higher and lower coastlines.  What is different this time is the speed that the sea level rise is occurring.  A large chunk of the world's population lives in the areas that will be flooded.  
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 5, 5:50 AM
There is a natural change to sea levels with periods of higher and lower coastlines.  What is different this time is the speed that the sea level rise is occurring.  A large chunk of the world's population lives in the areas that will be flooded.  
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Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head

Caste protests bring India's water problems to a head | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

Normalcy doesn't mean 24 hours of clean running water for residents in India's capital. Instead, it means waiting around for water and working around the system.

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Clean drinking water is something that many take for-granted.  The problems in India with water are more than just the caste struggles but there are problems with water and sewer lines and the need to update the system. 

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 5, 5:53 AM

Clean drinking water is something that many take for-granted.  The problems in India with water are more than just the caste struggles but there are problems with water and sewer lines and the need to update the system. 

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TimeMaps

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Alexander the Great ruled a large part of the Ancient World - How was his rule different from other rulers?
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The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress.
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What do you think the most important invention would be?
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Sunken cities

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London’s must-see summer exhibition - Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time at the British Museum.
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Rivers and landforms change over time.  We have the ability to study and remove artifacts that have been submerged.  But should we remove them so that we can see what ancient life was like or leave them where they were?
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How to Found Your Own Micro-Nation

How to Found Your Own Micro-Nation | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Liberland is a self-proclaimed country located between Croatia and Serbia that was created to be a libertarian paradise in the heart of Eastern Europe.
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What makes a country a country?  Borders of established countries and empires shift constantly because of politics.  They also move due to earthquakes, storms, etc.  
What should happen on land that is not claimed by any country?
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The Empty Cupboards of Venezuela's Families

The Empty Cupboards of Venezuela's Families | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
As reported last week here in the Atlantic, Venezuela is falling apart. Over the past two years, triple-digit inflation, massive shortages, rising crime rates, and failing public services have left many in desperate situations.
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Venezuela has recently cut back the hours of government and business in order to save money. However, that means that people have less money to buy things. Food and water should never be considered a luxury.
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No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here's What It Is

No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here's What It Is | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. Beyond the half-priced margaritas, here's the real story behind the holiday.
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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the removal of France from Mexico. It is not the independence holiday but the removal of foreign influence.  
It is also not really celebrated in Mexico but rather it is an American Holiday.
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Hamlet's castle is hosting one big sleepover party

Hamlet's castle is hosting one big sleepover party | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The real-life Elsinore castle that was the setting in Shakespeare's Hamlet is available to rent for one night.
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Kronburg Castle is in a beautiful location and you can see Sweden across the water.  

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Vikings site in North America spotted from space

Vikings site in North America spotted from space | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Satellite technology has picked up on a possible new Norse settlement in North America, according to archaeologists.
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Technology is allowing us to do searches more effectively.  The images and information allow us to focus on areas that had not been considered as viable search areas. 
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N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor

N. Korea Sentences American Student To 15 Years Of Prison, Hard Labor | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student, had attempted to steal a propaganda sign from his Pyongyang hotel. He was convicted of subversion. The White House called for his release.
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Crimes carry vastly different penalties around the world.  It sounds like he was trying to take something as a memento and was caught (the official story is a little off) but he is also being used as a pawn in a political game.  
I doubt that he will serve the entire sentence but will be released early for favorable terms or "as a show of good faith". 
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 20, 12:55 PM
Crimes carry vastly different penalties around the world.  It sounds like he was trying to take something as a memento and was caught (the official story is a little off) but he is also being used as a pawn in a political game.  
I doubt that he will serve the entire sentence but will be released early for favorable terms or "as a show of good faith". 
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2,500-year-old seal unearthed in Jerusalem

2,500-year-old seal unearthed in Jerusalem | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
An ancient seal from Israel's "First Temple era" was recently uncovered, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It belonged to a woman.
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Think of seals as an ancient form of ID.  They were used to mark documents.  Having a personal seal would also confer that one had high status.
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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 13, 11:16 AM
Think of seals as an ancient form of ID.  They were used to mark documents.  Having a personal seal would also confer that one had high status.
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How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job

How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Tom Harrison, a Californian cartographer, explains what goes into a good map and why making one can take nearly two years.
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For those that think that maps are an outdated technology because they can just search online for the information.  However cartographers put in the information that can be digitally manipulated.  Maps are an important tool for us to understand the world and our place in it.
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World's best and worst passports revealed

World's best and worst passports revealed | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
When it comes to crossing international frontiers, there's one travel document that opens more doors than any other.
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Passports are needed to leave ones home country and travel.  However, going to some countries requires extra paperwork and fees over and above those required for a passport.  
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