GEOGRAPHY The biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest is not entirely pristine. It was also shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts. (Nature) Use our activity to learn more about biodiversity in the Amazon. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new study analyzes the distribution of domesticated trees in the Amazon rain … Continue reading The Amazon Rain Forest Is Not an Untamed Jungle
SCIENCE Astronomers have measured the age of 70,000 stars across the Milky Way and put the results into the world’s largest-ever “age map” of our galaxy. (BBC) Use our hi-res map to dig deeper into the Milky Way. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. This 3-D video embeds new data in a model of a Milky Way-like … Continue reading Gorgeous New Galactic ‘Growth Chart’
WORLD Demonstrations erupted across the Middle East as Shiite Muslims protested Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Who was Sheikh Nimr, and what are the differences between Sunni and Shiite Islam? (Irish Examiner) Use our resources to learn more about the historic differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Sunnis and Shiites: Why are Saudi Arabia and Iran at Odds?
GEOGRAPHY This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. (Fast Company) Use our resources to start learning about spatial thinking and data visualization. Discussion Ideas The dazzling map of the United States was produced by a demographer. What is demography? Demography is a … Continue reading Racial Profile of the U.S.
BUSINESS Some 80% of U.S. fruits and vegetables are grown on large farms and trucked hundreds of miles to their final destination. To track a crop’s travels, two Nat Geo reporters followed a truck filled with strawberries from a central California field to a store near the magazine’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (National Geographic News) Use our MapMaker Interactive to follow the berries from farm … Continue reading Berry Interesting Road Trip