What did you learn this week? This week, we learned …
… all about Quebec’s multimillion-dollar maple syrup cartel.
What impact does climate have on the maple syrup cartel?
… Spain is getting rid of streets named after fascist leaders, and dedicating them to women instead.
What are the politics of place-naming?
… the world’s most difficult language, and what factors make it so difficult.
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?
… how 20,000 birds simply vanish. Read of the week, and just in time for the Christmas Bird Count!
What kind of birds can you identify in your own backyard?
… what it feels like to be a bee, and why the liquid gold of the Sundarbans is the most lucrative of forest products.
Why are the Sundarbans so dangerous?
Bee a pal—build your own bee hotel.
… it’s bad for a mathematician to have a good memory.
Would a mathematician make a trade for a holiday mystery gift? (Yes, and so should you.)
… Mexicans are fighting to save the largest pyramid in the world.
Navigate Cholula and the rest of the “Land of the Feathered Serpent” with our beautiful, zoomable map.
… China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans.
Should gene editing be performed on human embryos?
… a university degree is worth more in some countries than others.
What are the most lucrative U.S. majors?
… Bridgmanite is the most common mineral on (or in) Earth.
Where can you find Bridgmanite?
… after 400 years, Britain’s oldest manufacturing company closed its doors.
How was London already an old city when the Whitechapel Bell Foundry opened its doors in the 15th century? (resource of the week!)
One thought on “11 Things We Learned This Week!”
I really didn’t have any idea about maple syrup before reading this article about it so thankful to Nat geo..
It was really interesting to get knowledge of different languages.. Well English is really easy, easy to understand easy to write that’s why it’s an international language.. Tuyuka spoken in northern Amazon is the world’s hardest language… But no one has idea about these kind of languages..