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Daily Archives: May 22, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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?”.