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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?

Eiffel Tower

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> …

Antarctica

Geography in the News: Polar Bears

Wildlife & Wild Places<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:</i> …

Global Warming

Surveillance and open government need not be mutually exclusive

Open Rights Group's executive director says transparency doesn't need to pose a threat to national security<p>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 …

Surveillance culture in local government is out of control

Some level of monitoring is always going to be necessary, but public authorities should say what they are up to and why<p>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 …

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

Trace Recordings, an exhibition at the UTS gallery, Sydney, suggests that much as much as we might value our individuality, we are at some fundamental level just averaged out data<p>Trevor Paglen’s They Watch The Moon is an eerie image of distant towers, dishes and yellow lights. Included in Trace …

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

Deputy PM says Edward Snowden revelations are 'chipping away at bedrock of public support for work of agencies'<p>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 …

'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 …

Store owner installs surveillance cameras to spy on police

A Miami convenience store owner is fed up with his employees and customers being allegedly harassed by police. So he installs surveillance video to get evidence against the local cops.<p>Surveillance is for our own good.<p>By having everything that we are doing monitored, we can be sure that we (who have …

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 …

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> …

Malala Yousafzai

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 …

Physiology

Geography in the News: Asian Carp

Wildlife & Wild Places<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 …

Aquaculture

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 …

Africa

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 …