Daily Archives: May 22, 2010

Half a Billion People Left Behind in China’s Economic Rush

According to World Bank figures, nearly 500 million Chinese people still live on less than $2 a day. The rural poor feel that the profits from China’s economic expansion have passed them by. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8668086.stm

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Worldmapper: Showing How Warped the World Is

Worldmapper http://www.worldmapper.org/ is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The maps are warped to a size proportional to the statistic they are representing. For example, the size of … Continue reading

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Gapminder: Making Statistics Interesting

With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling uses an amazing new presentation tool, Gapminder, to debunk several myths about world development. Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, … Continue reading

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UN says case for saving species ‘more powerful than climate change’

Goods and services obtained  from the natural world should be factored into the global economic system, says a UN biodiversity report. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/21/biodiversity-un-report http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/21/un-biodiversity-economic-report

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Your Genes are not Your Fate

In this short TED talk Dr. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, … Continue reading

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Are Bing Maps Out Googling Google?

Microsoft demonstrates augmented reality in Bing Maps at TED conference 2010. I wish there were enough hours in the day to be able to spend some time learning how to use these maps!

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Onion News: Workers Outsourcing their own Jobs

Another excellent Onion News Network parody on how some workers are outsourcing their own jobs! Actually, I wouldn’t mind being able to outsource my marking!

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The Wombat: All is One

A brilliant short video that introduces the concept of sustainability. It works well with students of any age. The first question afterwards is usually “How are the tacos connected?”.

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Sustainability Links

The Cloud Institute has a lot of very useful links to resources and links to help with education about sustainability. The aim of the Cloud Institute is: “Inspiring young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and … Continue reading

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A Skyscraper that Cleans Rivers!

Imagine a skyscraper that — instead of hosting offices — houses a system that purifies the water of a polluted river, employs the people living in surrounding slums and gives them a home in which to live.That’s the revolutionary idea … Continue reading

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