11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned …

… an icy superhighway once carried glaciers from Namibia to Brazil.

Pangaea carried more than just glaciers!Map by USGS. Public domain

How did they drift apart?


… the Delta teacher shortage has reached crisis levels.

No, the government is not bringing in the military to address this crisis. Here, Master Sgt. Frederick, 335th Training Squadron career development course writer, briefs educators on field weather equipment as as part of an effort to provide teachers from Mississippi and Louisiana with available resources, techniques and best practices for use in their classrooms. Photograph by Kemberly Groue, courtesy U.S. Air Force. Public domain

What are trends that contribute to teacher shortages? How is National Geographic working to address them?


… for years, buckets full of uranium ore sat in a museum building at Grand Canyon National Park.

Uranium ore sometimes has a telltale yellowish color, like this pretty specimen unearthed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photograph by Andrew Silver, courtesy USGS and Wikimedia. Public domain

What is ore?


… citizen cartographers are helping to “slay the gerrymander.”

The dreaded gerrymander.Illustration by Elkanah Tisdale, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain

What is gerrymandering?


… how New Yorkers are tracking the signs of climate change.

How are students and changemakers acting on climate?


“mudlarkers” uncovered a 5,600-year-old skull along the banks of the Thames.

Low tides on the Thames can uncover antiques like these … and neolithic skulls.Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic

What else was going on in Britain 5,000 years ago?


… which states are still lagging in teaching climate science.

Outdoor, experiential learning can augment traditional climate science classes.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic

Use our rich collection of reliable resources to bring climate science to your class.


… rural Chinese b-boys have moves.

What are some other way Asian cultures have adopted hip-hop?


… some neighborhood demographics are blurring, while others are becoming more distinct.

A new study identified nine distinct types of neighborhoods that form the modern metropolis.
Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

Introduce young students to the concept of neighborhood mapping with our simple resource.


Neptune is moonier than we thought.

Call her S/2004 N 1 no longer. Her name is Hippocamp.
Illustration by NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

What is a moon?


… a swing dance to superconnecting wires was the winner of this year’s Dance Your PhD!

We hope someone hulas their PhD next year.

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