12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … the surprising story of the Muslim tamale king of the Old West.   … it’s Sami v. Somaliland in a World Cup for the stateless.   … that Maori ’emotiki’ will soon join the emoji crowd with emoticons to express cultural concepts like the … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!

Urine Trouble: Taxes in Ancient Rome

ECONOMY Taxes may be as certain as death, but they’ve changed a lot. Over the centuries, governments have levied taxes on everything from urine to beards. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to better understand how ancient Romans put those taxes to use in government. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News … Continue reading Urine Trouble: Taxes in Ancient Rome

Why So Blue, Diamond?

BUSINESS One of the largest blue diamonds in the world is coming to auction, expected to fetch more than $30 million. (Forbes) Diamonds are a geologist’s best friend! Use our resources to find out why. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The “Millennium Jewel 4” is one of the most valuable diamonds ever to come … Continue reading Why So Blue, Diamond?

China’s Wildlife Protection Law Will Harm Wildlife

ENVIRONMENT China has released a new draft of its wildlife conservation law, and it does little to actually promote conservation. (Nat Geo News) What is conservation, and why is it important? Read our encyclopedic entry to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article outlines the omissions in China’s new … Continue reading China’s Wildlife Protection Law Will Harm Wildlife

Carnival Cutbacks?

WORLD Shortages of both water and funds have cities across Brazil canceling or hedging plans—even for the world-famous Carnival of Rio. (The Guardian) Use our resources to learn more about Carnival and other cultural geographies of South America. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific encyclopedic entry on the cultural geography of South … Continue reading Carnival Cutbacks?