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Evangelical Christians are racially diverse – and hold diverse views on immigration

Two of the fastest growing segments of the American population Latino and Asian-American voters - also are part of evangelical America. Their views on immigration are very different.
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Why Are People Using So Many Exclamation Points?

Why Are People Using So Many Exclamation Points? | SoRo class | Scoop.it
How many exclamation points do you need to seem genuinely enthusiastic?
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SVS: Crop Intensity

SVS: Crop Intensity | SoRo class | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen collaboration. In support of this collaboration, NASA and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) jointly funded a new project to assimilate NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data and products into an existing decision support system (DSS) operated by the International Production Assessment Division (IPAD) of FAS. To meet its objectives, FAS/IPAD uses satellite data and data products to monitor agriculture worldwide and to locate and keep track of natural disasters such as short and long term droughts, floods and persistent snow cover which impair agricultural productivity. FAS is the largest user of satellite imagery in the non-military sector of the U.S. government. For the last 20 years FAS has used a combination of Landsat and NOAA-AVHRR satellite data to monitor crop condition and report on episodic events.


To successfully monitor worldwide agricultural regions and provide accurate agricultural production assessments, it is important to understand the spatial distribution of croplands. To do this a global croplands mask to identify all sites used for crop production. Croplands are highly variable both temporally and spatially. Croplands vary from year to year due to events such as drought and fallow periods, and they vastly differ across the globe in accordance with characteristics such as cropping intensity and field size. A flexible crop likelihood mask is used to help depict these varying characteristics of global crop cover. Regions featuring intensive agro-industrial farming practices such as the Maize Triangle in South Africa will have higher confidence values in the crop mask as compared to less intensively farmed regions in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa where cropland identification is partly confounded with natural background vegetation phenologies. Thus, a customized threshold can be employed to examine areas of varying cropping intensification.

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Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State - The New York Times

Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State - The New York Times | SoRo class | Scoop.it
Updated charts now show two views: where people who live in each state were born, and where people who were born in a state moved to.
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Distilled Demographics: What Is Race?

Race is a complex topic in the United States. It's not scientifically based and its definition depends on your social environment. Demographer Mark Mathe
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Girl Rising (Official Trailer)

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, award-winning Documentary Group, Vulcan Productions and Intel Corporation comes Girl Rising - a
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Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real

Biblical scholars have long debated whether the Tower of Babel really existed. Now, a remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settl
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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America - The New York Times

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Family life looks very different across the country, depending when women first give birth.
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Inside Rio’s favelas, the city's neglected neighborhoods

The Rio you won’t see at the Olympics Watch part 1, "2016 Olympics: What Rio doesn’t want the world to see" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_zM7koJy
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The Silk Road: Connecting the ancient world through trade

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With
modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at
the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris
Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of
multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the
world's major settlements, thread by thread.
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How Sears helped make women, immigrants and people of color feel more like Americans

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Sears and other department stores not only changed how Americans consumed but altered the very nature of society and culture as well.
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How is 'new NAFTA' different? A trade expert explains

Canada, the US and Mexico are about to rip up the 25-year-old NAFTA and replace it with something new. But how new?
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The Pop vs. Soda Page

A page that maps the geographic distribution of the terms "pop" and "soda" when used to describe carbonated beverages
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World Video FRONTLINE PBS2

"The Last Place" by Alexis Bloom and Tsehwang Dendup. A documentary short about Bhutan and its cultural policies, from the perspective of the Bhutanes
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"Once Brothers" - Documentary about Petrovic and Divac relationship - Trailer

Upcoming NBA Entertainment documentary on Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac relationship during their respective NBA careers. ESPN Premiere scheduled o
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Как выращивают рис в Японии

Удивительные технологии возделывания риса в Японии
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Turning Points in History - Hammurabi's Code of Laws

A uniform set of laws becomes necessary with the rise of cities in order to keep order
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Population, Sustainability, and Malthus: Crash Course World History 215

In which John Green teaches you about population. So, how many people can reasonably live on the Earth? Thomas Malthus got it totally wrong in the 19t
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A lost sheep in Australia yields 40kg of wool

In Australia, an overgrown lost sheep may have set the world record for most wool shorn from a single animal. The sheep is said to have yielded 40 kilogram
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Russia's Demographic Challenge

Stratfor explains how Russia's diversifying population coupled with a proportional increase in the post-Soviet era population will pose the greates
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The history of marriage - Alex Gendler

The history of marriage - Alex Gendler | SoRo class | Scoop.it
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white, puffy dress. Eternal love. A joint tax return. Marriage means
something different to everyone and has changed over time and across cultures.
Alex Gendler traces the history of getting hitched, providing insights on
polygamy, same-sex unions and even marriage between the dead and the
living.
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