11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned …

… the last five years were the hottest ever recorded.

This classic Nat Geo map depicts climate change since 1960.
Map by National Geographic

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… what’s happening with the four 2014 finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

These are just a few of our favorite teachers attending our 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow conference.
Photograph by Rebecca Hale, National Geographic

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… the most massive living thing on Earth is struggling to survive.

Meet Pando, an aspen tree spanning 43 hectares (106 acres) in Fishlake National Forest, Utah.
Photograph by Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, National Geographic

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… what cities have the most dangerous roads for pedestrians.

Pedestrians on New York (here, navigating the High Line) are much safer than they would be in the South.
Photograph by Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, National Geographic

Where are pedestrians most dangerous?



grizzly populations around Yellowstone have recovered, and ranchers are frustrated.

A remote camera captures a grizzly bear foraging for pine cones, not cattle, in Yellowstone.
Photograph by Drew Rush, National Geographic

What other regions are bearing some grizzlies?



… the Akkadian Empire may have been felled by dust.

Don’t cry for Naram-Sin, Akkadia. It was good while it lasted.
Illustration by Louis S. Glanzman, National Geographic

What secrets may have been obscured by the fall of the Akkadian Empire?



where people are getting arrested.

Map courtesy Vera Institute of Justice

Why do law enforcement officials discourage overuse of crime statistics?



… what great role models can look like.

Each of these beautiful posters is downloadable!
Illustrations courtesy Nevertheless

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… a single study in rural Nebraska has documented the entire process of natural selection.

“Anyone who had worked with mice would have never attempted this,” says one researcher of the huge deer mouse population required for the study.
Photograph by David Littschwager, National Geographic

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giant pandas may not have had a bamboo diet for as long as we thought.

Captive breeding of pandas at zoos around the world has been phenomenally successful. This panda lives at Zoo Atlanta, Georgia.
Photograph by Joel Sartore, Photo Ark, National Geographic

What other adaptations have giant pandas developed in order to live in their cold, wet habitat?



what the population at Mount Vernon looked like in 1799.

Image courtesy George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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