What’s the State of the Union in 2015?

POLITICS President Barack Obama has delivered his 2015 State of the Union speech to Congress, outlining what his administration is calling “middle-class economics.” Read the full text of the speech, and explore some of the issues raised by middle-class economics—and President Obama’s final term in office. (Medium) Use our resources to better understand the U.S. government. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s the State of the Union in 2015?

Pentagon Targets Climate Change

UNITED STATES Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change. (Washington Post) Use our resources to learn more about climate change. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our … Continue reading Pentagon Targets Climate Change

Bobsledding the Boroughs?

GEOGRAPHY Is that a luge in Times Square? Schussing in Central Park? As the Winter Olympics officially kick off in Sochi, think about space and scale by imagining the games in a more urban environment. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand urban planning. Discussion Ideas Take a look at the terrific New York Times infographic, and the relative scale of urban landmarks … Continue reading Bobsledding the Boroughs?

Vultures Use Power Lines to Expand Range

ENVIRONMENT Cape vultures in southern Africa are using expanding networks of pylons and power lines to extend their range, say scientists. The power lines also put the birds at risk for collision with overhead wires. (BBC) Use our resources to learn all about Cape vultures. Discussion Ideas Look at the gorgeous photo of a Cape vulture above. Now look at our “bald and beautiful” image … Continue reading Vultures Use Power Lines to Expand Range

New Maps Track the World in Flight

GEOGRAPHY A transportation planner has used flight data from around the world to create stunning kaleidoscope-style flight path visualizations. (Daily Mail) This animation offers another way to visualize similar data. Discussion Ideas: Look at the new images of global air traffic in the Daily Mail article or this BBC photo gallery. Now look at the “Lights at Night” layer in our MapMaker Interactive. Can students … Continue reading New Maps Track the World in Flight