11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned …

… everyone—everyone—is rethinking globalization. Read of the week!

Laborers rest in their village homes around a coal mine in Bokapahari, India. The promise of globalization was a safer, wealthier life for workers like these.
Photograph by Lynsey Addario, National Geographic

What is globalization?



… there’s a culture clash surrounding a teenage whaler’s tale.

Native Alaskans have been hunting bowhead in the Western Arctic for at least 2,000 years.
Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic

How have people’s attitudes toward whales changed over time?



… teachers are sinking beneath student debt.

How can student debt impact your credit score?



… the Black Death was actually worse than you think.

Dancing skeletons were apparently plentiful during the Black Death, which claimed more victims than previously thought.
Illustration by Michel Wolgemut from the Nuremberg Chronicle, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain

Are rats off the hook for the Black Death?



… you probably could have outrun a T. rex.

Don’t worry. He can only stumble along at 12 miles per hour.
Illustration by Franco Tempesta, National Geographic

What else are we learning about T. rex?



… schools across the country are watching as some New Hampshire teachers build new ways to measure deeper learning.

Some schools in New Hampshire are starting to rely less on standardized testing and more on performance-based evaluation.
Photograph circa 1900-1920, courtesy Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos

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… Americans and Chinese have very different ways of defining personal success.

Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond, or a little fish in a big pond? If you’re an American, odds are the former. If you’re Chinese, odds are the latter.
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

How do scientists and entrepreneurs define success?



… there’s an atlas for the end of the world.

© 2017 Richard J. Weller, Claire Hoch & Chieh Huang

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… Germany just added a new letter to its alphabet. Don’t streß out.

Germany’s unique character, ß, is called the eszett (sharp s). Until June, it only existed in lowercase.
Photograph by KAMiKAZOW, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-1.0+

How are other languages adapting to technology and globalization?



… a major climate change study was canceled. Due to climate change.

The Science Team of the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has canceled the first leg of the 2017 Expedition due to complications associated with the southward motion of hazardous Arctic sea ice, caused by climate change. (This is the Canadian icebreaker Labrador.)
Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic

How is climate change redefining the Arctic?



… we have a new favorite periodic table.

This awesome graphic shows how we interact with each element. So cool.
Illustration by Keith Enevoldsen. CC-BY-SA-4.0

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