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If WWI was a bar fight…

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I want to make a short film out of this with my students next year. The title: Something like "Austria walks into a bar... "

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Adam Carter's comment, March 10, 2014 7:47 PM
COuld be a whole new angle to MUN! We could combine MMA fighting and MUN! I want to be Russia, who awoke from the wreckage and realized he was completely transformed.
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Why Are China and Japan Inching Toward War Over Five Tiny Islands?

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Five tiny uninhabited islands slumber in the Pacific Ocean a short distance from Taiwan, China, and Japan. The Japanese call them the Senkaku Islands. The Chinese call them the Diaoyu Islands. Japan controls the islands, but China wants them. While international law favors Japan, it would be a mistake to...
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WWIII looming?

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | TO BE DETERMINED | Scoop.it
The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work
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I learned something about myself here. Now I know while I am such a procrastinator when it comes to writing. I'm going on a streak of years here. Good thing I don't have a deadline. 

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MAP: How the GDP of U.S. States Compares to Countries Around the World

MAP: How the GDP of U.S. States Compares to Countries Around the World | TO BE DETERMINED | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared in Business Insider. Business Insider contributor Randy Olson passed along this map, created by Reddit user Phaenthi, that presents U.S. states and corresponding countries with similar GDP. Olson, who moderates the subreddit DataisBeautiful, noted that the map is not adjusted for population size—"e.g., Minnesota has a population of ~5.5 million and Nigeria has...
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Fun with Data! This map compares the GDP of individual U.S. states with countries around the world. California's economy is the same size as Canada's. Colorado's is bigger as Egypt's ($274 billion to $254 billion)! It is interesting to note that population size is not taken into consideration. For example, the population of Colorado, about 5 million, is tiny compared to Egypt's 85 million. This serves a good illustration of the United States' economic heft in the world economy. 

Overall, the U.S. GDP for 2012 was $16.2 trillion. In comparison, the closest competitor is China with a GDP of $8.4 trillion. 

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Rage Against the Coke Machine

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Right-wing conservatives were in a tizzy over Coca Cola's new ad. Here's why you shouldn't dismiss them or their influence.
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2014 Coca Cola Superbowl Ad. It shows a images of a very multicultural America. Played over these images is a chilling rendition of America the Beautiful song in several languages including English. 

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We May Have Already Found Another Earth

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One of the biggest questions in astronomical research right now is quite simple to ask but extremely difficult to answer: In the depths of space, is there an Earth-like planet somewhere orbiting a Sun-like star? The answer is rather surprising: almost certainly yes. We haven’t found a precise twin of...
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Fantastic article on the search for Earth-like planets. It includes looking for planets orbiting stars similar to our own in a "Goldilocks Zone"- an distance in which water can exist in liquid form. The article states that about 1 in 5 stars like ours have an Earth-like planet ciricling it, which means about 20 billion in the Milky Way alone. So far, scientists have found 60 that are at about the right size, the right orbital distance, and around the right type of star. 

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The Murmurations of Starlings

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When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration
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Murmurations! Learned a new word. Pictures describe the meaning. Just started a course on complexity theory. Prof. mentioned birds flying in formation as an example.

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Adam Carter's comment, March 2, 2014 10:44 PM
Will read this article now. I remember reading that its really about survival, with the young birds in particular staying as close to others as possible so as to avoid predators. Makes me wonder if this behavior pattern manifests itself in other animals as well. I am sure that the migration of the wildebeest for example shows similar traits, though hooves on flat land are not nearly as majestic as these soaring and darting starlings. Having done a lot of SCUBA I can attest that schools of fish often behave the same way. Swimming between huge schools of tiny fish and watching them form these wild patterns around me is one of the most rewarding and surreal experiences I have had.
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Abe Lincoln in Real Time: How The Atlantic Covered the 16th President

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On what would have been Honest Abe's 205th birthday, a look back at what this magazine had to say about him during his term and beyond
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Local Anchor Confuses Samuel L. Jackson With Laurence Fishburne During Live, Cringe-Worthy Interview

Local Anchor Confuses Samuel L. Jackson With Laurence Fishburne During Live, Cringe-Worthy Interview | TO BE DETERMINED | Scoop.it

I want to share this with my students as an example of a natural consequence. Ouch! Laurence Fishburne, I mean Samuel L. Jackson is relentless! Samuel L. Jackson went on the local Los Angeles KTLA station on Monday to talk about his role in the upcoming remake of RoboCop. But the live interview didn’t quite go as planned. And that would be KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin’s fault. Rubin starts off the interview disasterously, confusing...

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I want to share this with my students as an example of a natural consequence. Ouch! Laurence Fishburne, I mean Samuel L. Jackson is relentless! 

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Holy carp! Fish can use tools too! - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Holy carp! Fish can use tools too! - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com | TO BE DETERMINED | Scoop.it
Photo: flickr/happy days photos and art There are numerous lobster-vations of non-human animals using tools on porpoise, but when it came to tool usage amo
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Atlantic Cod in captivity have shown the ability to learn to use tools. This adds small, but growing list of animals I know of. This is probably the most interesting case I've heard of, with the exception of crows in Japan placing walnuts under the tires of cars stopped at stoplights. Case in point why we can't say that tool use is a defining characterstic of what it means to be human. Besides this, this blog post probably broke the all-time record for most uses of fish-related puns in a single post. 

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The NFL Would Never Let This Ad Air On The Super Bowl, So We're Gonna Show You It. It's Important.

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Perhaps it's time we stop using the R-word in polite conversation?
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Excellent Ad. Poignant. An earnest and dignified rejection of the use of name "Redskins." Powerful images of Native American peoples from many different tribes and backgrounds. Paints a picture of a proud , enduring, and dignified people. 

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