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3 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Rubircs

‘My Rubrics is the perfect tool to track and assess student behavior or academic progress in your classroom. Each beautifully laid out rubric allows …

Will Climate Change Swamp the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island?

Who's on That Russian Ship Stuck on Antarctic Ice? And Why?

An expedition is recreating explorer Douglas Mawson's 100-year-old trek.<p><b>Update: The Russian vessel, the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, which was stranded off the coast of Antarctica with 74 people onboard, remains stranded. Attempts were made by the Chinese icebreaker, Snow Dragon, and other Russian</b> …

Geography in the News: Polar Bears

Wildlife<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Polar Bears on the Run</b><p>The world’s polar bears are becoming more and more threatened, not from predation, as they have no natural predators except humans, but from global warming. A book entitled <i>On Thin Ice: The Changing</i> …

Surveillance and open government need not be mutually exclusive

The US and the UK governments would fail if tested on a set of transparency principles set out by human rights organisation Open Rights Group, said its executive director at a debate about privacy and mass surveillance.<p>Speaking at the Open Government Partnership summit 2013, Jim Killock said the …

Surveillance culture in local government is out of control

A number of councils have found themselves under scrutiny in recent weeks over surveillance issues.<p>In Wales, five councils were found to have spied on their own staff with undercover surveillance. In London, new radios have been issued by Newham council with in-built GPS trackers so the location of …

The Economist asks: where do you stand on mass surveillance?

And what about the EU or fracking?<p>The Economist has launched a new advertising campaign around the theme "Where do you stand?" Posters have begun to appear on London tube stations that pose three questions:<p>Should Britain stay in or get out of the EU? Is fracking a good or bad solution to Britain's …

The Single Best Overview of What the Surveillance State Does With Our Private Data

Even though the people being spied on are often totally innocent, the government stores their information for a very long time.<p>The U.S. surveillance debate is constantly distorted by the fact that national-security officials hide, obscure, and distort so much of what they do. Occasionally a …

The Perfect Ringtone for the NSA-Surveillance Era

They Might Be Giants, the legendary Brooklyn musicians who taught us that the sun is a mass of incandescent gas and that it’s Istanbul not …

Artists use surveillance technology to explore extent we are monitored

Trevor Paglen’s They Watch The Moon is an eerie image of distant towers, dishes and yellow lights. Included in Trace Recordings: Surveillance and Identity in the 21st Century at UTS Gallery, the image is cast with the greenish hue of a night vision scope, and depicts an NSA listening station sited …

The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation

Imagine what Edward Snowden could have accomplished if he had a different agenda.<p>Did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney during the recent presidential contest? Alex Tabarrok, who raised the question at the popular economics blog <i>Marginal Revolution</i>, acknowledges that it is provocative. …

Case for wider inquiry into surveillance growing stronger, says Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg has hinted at the need for a wider inquiry into the "unimaginable" power of spying technology as US whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks are chipping away at public support for the intelligence agencies.<p>The deputy prime minister said there was a stronger and stronger case for a broad …

'Encrypt everything:' Google's answer to government surveillance is catching on

While Microsoft's busy selling T-shirts and mugs about how Google's "Scroogling" you, the search giant's chairman is busy tackling a much bigger problem: How to keep your information secure in a world full of prying eyes and governments willing to drag in data by the bucket load. And according to …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Store owner installs surveillance cameras to spy on police

Surveillance is for our own good.<p>By having everything that we are doing monitored, we can be sure that we (who have nothing to hide) will be safe.<p>At least, that's the logic many authorities offer us, as they spy, pry, and vilify anyone who might feel suspicious.<p>What happens, though, when you …

Human rights groups urge UN to discourage mass digital surveillance

Five human rights groups urged the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to adopt a new resolution against indiscriminate mass surveillance.<p>The draft resolution, titled "The right to privacy in the digital age" was introduced by Germany and Brazil in November in the wake of the NSA mass surveillance …

Human Rights

Lampedusa boat victims raped and tortured

Italian police say dozens of Lampedusa boat tragedy victims were raped and tortured in Libya.<p>Dozens of the people who were on the boat that sank near the Italian coast last month were raped and tortured in Libya before starting their journey, Italian police said.<p>The police revelation on Friday came …

Kakenya Ntaiya: Bringing Education to Kenya's Girls

She defied local tradition, got an education, and now crusades to bring the same opportunities to the girls of her homeland.<p><b>Kakenya Ntaiya, a pioneering education activist in Kenya and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2013, putting her in the running for</b> …

Left or Right Tail Wags Elicit Different Emotional Responses From Dogs

Dogs can tell which way a tail wags, and respond emotionally to its direction.<p><b>Not all tail wags are created equal. Although a dog wagging its tail may look friendly to us, to other dogs, there is a wealth of information in such a seemingly simple action.</b><p>A new study finds that dogs respond to the …

Geography in the News: Asian Carp

Wildlife<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,</i> <i>Geography in the NewsTM</i><p>Invasive Asian Carp<p>An aggressive invasive species—the Asian carp—is threatening the Great Lakes. Able to consume one-third of its body weight in a day, the carp can grow up to five feet (152 cm) long. It also reproduces …

Niger orders closure of migrant camps

Government makes move after 92 migrants died of thirst making perilous journey across Sahara desert.<p>Niger has ordered the "immediate" closure of migrant camps in the north of the country after 92 people, mostly women and children, died of thirst trying to cross the harsh Sahara desert.<p>A security …

Violent protest as Northern Mali talks begin

Thousands take to the streets in Gao, burning cars and the mayor's house, over alleged tampering with delegates list.<p>Thousands of residents in Mali's northern city of Gao have fought street battles with police and torched the mayor's house during a protest over talks aimed at healing divisions in …

Niger detains dozens of cross-Sahara migrants

African nation detains 150 Algeria-bound, a day after it shut camps in wake of 92 deaths.<p>Niger has detained about 150 migrants crossing the Sahara desert to Algeria in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people, mostly women and children, died of thirst while trying to make the same …

East Libya declares self-government

Province leaders announce a regional government to challenge weak central authority that failed to unite the country.<p>Eastern Libya has declared an autonomous regional government with an official ceremony, challenging the country's weak central government that failed to assume unifying power over …

Two French journalists abducted and killed in Mali

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa--Two French journalists were kidnapped and killed in northern Mali on Saturday, just days after four French hostages were freed in Niger.<p>The French Foreign Ministry confirmed the deaths of Ghislaine Dupont, 51, and Claude Verlon, 58, who authorities said were kidnapped by …

Germany To Allow Parents To Choose No Gender For Babies On Birth Certificates

On Friday, Nov. 1, Germany will become the first country in the world to allow parents to leave the gender box blank on their child's birth certificate.<p>As reported in August, the move is an effort to create legal recognition for intersex individuals, or children born without a clearly determinable …

Kochs vs. unions in schools race

It isn’t often that the Koch brothers’ political advocacy group gets involved in a local school board race.<p>But this fall, Americans for Prosperity is spending big in the wealthy suburbs south of Denver to influence voters in the Douglas County School District, which has gone further than any …