11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned …

… you can access, search, and download dozens of datasets on climate. Resource of the week!

Map by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

What is the future of Earth’s climate?



… how to geolocate your address 250 million years ago.

Data & illustrations from C.R. Scotese, visualization developed by Ian Webster

What did Earth look like millions of years ago?



… how ’Radio Dodo’ is creating bedtime stories for Syrian refugees.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah recently returned from weeks spent at a summer camp for Syrian children at a refugee camp in Turkey, where he took this photo of boys being boys.
Photograph courtesy Aziz Abu Sarah, National Geographic

Where are Syria’s refugees?



… this swamp sparrow’s song is more than 1,500 years old.

Swamp sparrows are found throughout eastern North America.
Photograph by Peter Wilton, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

Take a look at swamp sparrows and other bird migrations of the Americas.



… why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world.

Teens in the Netherlands regularly top life satisfaction tables, with the school environment playing a big role.
Photograph by Luca Locatelli, National Geographic

Where are the world’s happiest countries?



… where boys outperform girls in math.

Spoiler: Boys are much more likely to outperform girls in math in school districts that are mostly rich, white and suburban.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic

Use our resources to encourage thoughtful conversations around gender and identity.



… how volcano music may help scientists monitor eruptions.

Where are the world’s volcanoes?



… that learning how to follow may be as important as learning how to lead.

An elephant matriarch leads her pack across a river in Samburu National Park, Kenya.
Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

How do refugees balance leadership and responsibility?



… why biologists eat their study subjects.

Science says it’s delicious.
Photograph by John E. Fletcher and Donald McBain, National Geographic

Learn why Sylvia Earle doesn’t eat her study subjects—fish.



… why a Tyrannosaurus rex couldn’t wag its tongue.

The ability to wag a tongue probably didn’t make a big difference to the business end of a T. rex.
Illustration by Franco Tempesta, National Geographic

No tongue, but T.rex could probably pucker up.



… which New York City borough would win an all-out civil war.

Spoiler: The Bronx
Illustration by Corey Brickley, Vice

Which of New York City’s three—that’s right, three—baseball teams would win in an all-out civil war?

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