What did you learn this week? This week, we learned …
Canadian maple syrup like this is valued at about $1,300 a barrel. Oil is about $60.
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic
What impact does climate have on the maple syrup cartel?
Photograph by Juan de Vojníkov, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
What are the politics of place-naming?
This Chimbu girl is part of a region with some of the most difficult and diverse languages in the world—the island of New Guinea.
Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic
Although a language native to the eastern Amazon is the most difficult, the island of New Guinea ranks highest in the language diversity index. What other regions have great linguistic diversity?
Thousands of ibises, roseate spoonbills, and egrets disappeared from Seahorse Key, Florda. (These birds are at nearby Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Photograph by Sudhir Viswarajan, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
What kind of birds can you identify in your own backyard?
Adult worker bees like this one spend their whole lives around honey, almonds, and flowers. But life isn’t easy.
Photograph by Anand Varma, National Geographic
Why are the Sundarbans so dangerous?
Bee a pal—build your own bee hotel.
Would a mathematician make a trade for a holiday mystery gift? (Yes, and so should you.)
The enormous Great Pyramid of Cholula stretches 400 by 400 meters (1,300 by 1,300 feet) across and 55 meters (180 feet) above this marigold-dotted Mexican plain. Archaeologists think the pyramid was built to honor the Olmec god Quetzalcoatl, but like most ancient structures, it has a Catholic church on top of it now.
Photograph by Emgalindo, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Navigate Cholula and the rest of the “Land of the Feathered Serpent” with our beautiful, zoomable map.
Should gene editing be performed on human embryos?
College degrees are worth more in Ireland, the U.S., and Poland over the course of a lifetime.
Chart by OECD
What are the most lucrative U.S. majors?
Bridgmanite is a type of perovskite, like this pretty sample unearthed in Arkansas.
Photograph by Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0
Where can you find Bridgmanite?
How was London already an old city when the Whitechapel Bell Foundry opened its doors in the 15th century? (resource of the week!)