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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.

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: A world of languages - and how many speak them | South China Morning Post

INFOGRAPHIC: A world of languages - and how many speak them | South China Morning Post | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country.

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This is a really cool visual to see the differences in the languages spoken now.

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Town Dwellers Had Longer Lives in Roman Britain - Archaeology

Town Dwellers Had Longer Lives in Roman Britain - Archaeology | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
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England Roman Skull LONDON, ENGLAND—An examination of more than 300 rural and urban skeletons from Roman Britain suggests that it was healthier to live in town.
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The assumption is that people living on farms would be healthier.  However, this doesn't say that everyone living in towns lived longer so it was probably the more affluent with the resources to buy the food that they needed even if the price escalated due to shortages.

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Ancient Irish ate very little beef or fish despite abundance of both - Irish Times

Ancient Irish ate very little beef or fish despite abundance of both - Irish Times | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
People ate tonnes of butter, cheese, curds and whey and an awful lot of bread and porridge
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I would have expected there to be a much a higher consumption of fish since it is an island nation.  I could live off of the cheese and bread - but clabbered (buttermilk) milk - yuck.

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The 5000-year-old Pyramid City of Caral - Ancient Origins

The 5000-year-old Pyramid City of Caral - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
It is widely taught in the field of ancient history that Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India, gave rise to the first civilizations of mankind.
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The Earliest civilizations that we study in school were all formed around river valleys - From the picture it appears that this pyramid city is in a valley but I am unsure if their is a river present.

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The top ten historical forensic facial reconstructions | Culture24

The top ten historical forensic facial reconstructions | Culture24 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
From Richard III's recent makeover as a blue-eyed blonde to Tutankhamun's recreation as a club footed inbred, we present ten of the most interesting facial reconstructions from historical experts and museums.
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It is easier to understand history when we have a visual to work from.  These reconstructions allow us to better understand how people lived.

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"Monuments Men" help return 5 paintings missing since WWII to Germany - CBS News

"Monuments Men" help return 5 paintings missing since WWII to Germany - CBS News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The paintings, including three won by an American GI in a poker game, were turned over to the German government Tuesday
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A fictional movie based on a true event is leading to the return of historic artwork.  Thousands of pieces of art are lost in every war, some to theft, some to hiding, some to destruction.  But these pieces that had been bought or won after WWII are being returned to their pre-war owners because the current owners saw the movie Monument Men is inspired.

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AP Human Geography Review Material


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For those of you needing AP Human Geography review this is a good one.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 6, 11:20 AM
its almost here! Don't' forget the list of resources on our course calendar too!
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This is worth your while to look at HUGGERS!

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Hey students:  Check out this Prezi for REVIEW. Yay!

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An Ice Age Heritage, Nearly Lost

An Ice Age Heritage, Nearly Lost | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Ancient art in the Côa Valley of Portugal — not in caves, but outdoors — is giving insight into how ice age people lived. A planned dam would have submerged the area.
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Most pre-historic art has been found in caves throughout Europe.  This is amazing because it was outside.

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


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Most of the world's population speak just a few languages.  It is amazing that there are thousands of languages spoken today but a dozen languages cover most of the people in the world.

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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 10:35 AM

The world is extremely diverse in its spread of native languages. Yet only a handful are commonly spoken by the majority of the world, about 2/3. Over half of the world's languages are expected to go extinct because of the extreme diversity and the minimal distribution which means that in some places almost every person speaks a completely different language and many are dying as their last speakers do not pass it on to their children.

 

This article is relates to cultural patterns and processes through the geographic spread of languages around the globe and the increasing acculturation that causes the loss of many of these languages in our increasingly globalized world.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 10:35 PM

Its interesting to see just how many people speak the languages we speak everyday, and to see just how many people DONT speak it.

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 5:34 AM

It is amazing to see all main languages in perspective to the world. Mandarine holding the top spot with 1.39 Billion surprises me but at the same time doesn't. There are 1.3 billion people living there in the first place.

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Mobile phones propelling Africa's renaissance - Starr 103.5 FM

Mobile phones propelling Africa's renaissance - Starr 103.5 FM | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
By Robert I. Rotberg Africa’s latest renaissance is propelled in substantial part by the remarkable indigenous technological transformation of a hand-held computerised gadget — the mundane mobile telephone — into a powerful instrument for human...
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Cell phones are more than just phones they are powerful computers that can allow instant access to information, goods, and services.  They are allowing people who had previously been unable to bank or vote the ability to do so.  It is hard to imagine something so small and easily available giving people such great opportunities.

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A medieval remedy for MRSA is just the start of it. Powdered poo, anyone?

A medieval remedy for MRSA is just the start of it. Powdered poo, anyone? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Don’t write-off corpse medicine – the remarkable discovery by Nottingham University shows what treatments can be extracted from a cow, or indeed a human Continue reading...
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We frequently think that nothing ever happened in the Middle Ages and all of their science was wrong.  Well as we actually study not just use old perceptions we are finding out that some of their medicines and ideas work well.  It is very interesting that antibiotics were seen as wonder drugs and in a fairly short time span they are becoming ineffective but a treatment from the Middle Ages is working better than the modern wonder drugs.

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Ring Links Vikings to Ancient Islam - Newser

Ring Links Vikings to Ancient Islam - Newser | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Nothing like peeking in a 9th-century Viking grave
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The Vikings traveled widely and interacted with numerous cultures.  It is not surprising that they had jewelry and goods that reflect that,.

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The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime are apparent even today.

The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime are apparent even today. | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The Khmer Rouge communists used prison camps, communal farms, and forced labor to achieve their ends, which still haunt Cambodia and her people today.
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The impact of the loss of the education class and education is traumatic for any area but especially in the information age.  The loss of the intellectual as well as the basic education of the country shoved Cambodia's development back centuries compared with the rest of the world.

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The History Place - World War II in Europe Timeline

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This is a timeline to show the start of WWII in Europe. 

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Which Historical Figure Had The Most Surprising Second Act? - io9

Which Historical Figure Had The Most Surprising Second Act? - io9 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Isaac Newton tracked down counterfeiters. Boy Scout founder Robert Baden Powell was also a spy who hid troop positions in butterfly drawings.
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What I find most interesting is what most of these people are know for isn't the most interesting thing about them.  Their other careers are often far more interesting and important than why they were famous (not all of them of course).

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Tajikistan debates ban on Arabic names as part of crackdown on Islam - The Guardian

Tajikistan debates ban on Arabic names as part of crackdown on Islam - The Guardian | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Authorities prepare list of acceptable alternatives for parents amid warning that ‘unsuitable’ names will not be registered. Eurasianet.org reports
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Tajikistan is primarily a Muslim country and this possible ban on Islamic names seems strange.  This push for secularism could lead to a major backlash.

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Attack of Japan's Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago - History

Attack of Japan's Killer WWII Balloons, 70 Years Ago - History | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Japan’s bizarre WWII plan to bomb the continental U.S. by high-altitude balloons claimed its first and only victims, an Oregon church group, 70 years ago.
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This attack on US soil by the Japanese was hidden from the press so that the Japanese didn't know that it actually did make it to the United States and that some people did die from it.  From this attack we did learn more about weather patterns and air fronts.

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Tea Tuesdays: Butter Up That Tea, Tibetan-Style

Tea Tuesdays: Butter Up That Tea, Tibetan-Style | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Tibet. It's been consumed in the Himalayas for centuries and helped inspire the Bulletproof Coffee craze in the U.S.
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Yak butter tea is different than the southern sweet tea that I live on.  After hearing about it the first time I tried putting better and salt in regular hot tea (I don't recommend it) however there is more to creating this tea than that.  

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Nazi Germany: What we forget about French resistance (Opinion) - CNN.com

Nazi Germany: What we forget about French resistance (Opinion) - CNN.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Americans reflexively believe had Germany occupied the United States, nearly all of us would have joined an armed resistance. It's a hopelessly naive view.
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People did what they had to do to survive - For many people it would have been hard for them to adjust to breaking the law and being a resistance fighter and also knowing that whatever actions you did would lead to civilians getting killed by German retribution.

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6 Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'

6 Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White' | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Jamaal Allan is a high school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa. People make assumptions based on his name alone, and that's taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.

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It is interesting the assumptions we make purely based on a name.  

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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 25, 11:25 PM

Many people judge others just based on their name and don't even get to know them before they make assumptions about them. Allan has been treated completely differently because of his name and people are always rather surprised when they meet him because of how ethnic his name sounds. Our culture today expects certain things just based on names or how your voice sounds or what you wear.

 

This article is related to cultural patterns and processes by the effect of language and culture on our names, which cause others to judge us, sometimes wrongly or rather unfairly.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 10:00 PM

This is a really interesting point at how we automatically stereotype people into certain ethnicities based off their names. It shows how people put up boundaries in their mind that if something is this, then something else must be true as well.

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Broken toilet leads to 2000 years of history: Incredible find unearths ancient ... - Daily Mail

Broken toilet leads to 2000 years of history: Incredible find unearths ancient ... - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The building, in Lecce, Italy, was intended to be a restaurant, but is now a museum thanks to the wealth of history hidden beneath its walls. Owner Lucian Faggiano is pictured
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This is an amazing find. This was a huge amount of artifacts in a hidden place.  

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'Lady Death' WWII sniper film aims for hit in Russia and Ukraine - Business Insider

'Lady Death' WWII sniper film aims for hit in Russia and Ukraine - Business Insider | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) - A Russian-Ukrainian film about a legendary Soviet sniper nicknamed "Lady Death" is aiming to be a hit on the silver screen in both nations...
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WWII gives us clear bad guys.  Even if "Lady Death" hadn't killed over 300 men in a year she still killed numerous men fighting in the Ukraine.

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How the world's religious landscape will look in 2050: Islam will become ... - Daily Mail

How the world's religious landscape will look in 2050: Islam will become ... - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The number of Christians in the US will decline from three quarters of the population in 2010 to just two thirds in 2050, researchers predict - with Islam becoming the second largest religion.
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We tend to forget that people and populations are constantly changing.  The world as it looks right now is not how it has always been and it will look different in the future.

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Honduras pledges forest protection after discovery of ancient site - Mongabay.com

Honduras pledges forest protection after discovery of ancient site - Mongabay.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a 'lost city' below the thick jungles of Honduras.
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The benefit of the early release of the story is that the 
Honduran government is stepping up efforts to protect the rainforest around the area.  Is the story incomplete, yes - the early release just hit a few high points with no large details to support the find. Hopefully this will be rectified in the coming weeks with more data on the find. 

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Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch?

Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A new study finds the year to be a key point for the Anthropocene – marking the irreversible transfer of crops and species between the old and new worlds King James was on the throne, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline was playing in the theatre and Galileo...
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We cannot tell if we are living in a new age or not we have to look at the past to see where dramatic shifts occur.  

In history there are always new ideas and developments but there was a huge shift in information gathering and scientific advancements that were permanent and became global in the 15th and 16th Centuries.  These advancements were not disregarded when a new group came to power but rather succeeding generations continued to develop and modify what was learned rather than treating it as stagnant.

So who is to say when this defining break occurs?  There were so many rapid changes during this time period it is hard to accurately pinpoint a specific year.

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