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Coke, Pop, Soda…. Other?

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Ever taken a long trip across the US and stopped in a local restaurant? What do you ask for when you want some bubbly fizzy sugar water to drink? As anyone who has traveled around the country can tell you, they don’t call it the same thing everywhere. Now you can fit in like a […]

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How We Became Urban

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For those unaware, we’re about to hit a world-wide demographic flip – very soon we will have more people living in cities than in the country. So how did that happen? Well this interesting article from The Economist charts the trend. The survey does of good job of charting the trend throughout human history, thus […]

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Paleobotany and Terracotta army

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The BBC reports on an article from the Journal of Archaeological Science about research on the clay that was used to make China’s Terracotta army. They have recovered pollen from the clay and hope to find its source. An interesting part is that different statues may have come from different source materials, or maybe different […]

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Building a better traffic light

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Traffic is always a problem in every country where lots of people live. The noise, pollution, and physical danger to motorists and the poor shlubs trying to cross the street can be daunting. That’s why the good folks at Nissan have proposed solving this problem with a simple solution – a better traffic light. They […]

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Top 11 Underground Systems in the World

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Part two of our two part expose of the World’s Great Subways is this great article detailing the Top 11 Underground Systems in the World. If you’ve every had a hankern’ to travel the world to see it’s underground wonders, this is the site for you. Rather nice pictures of each of the Underground systems […]

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NPR discusses Philadelphia GIS project

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NPR’s Day to Day featured a piece on a GIS project conducted by Amy Hillier of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Prof. Hillier’s research mapped low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia that lacked places to buy healthy food. Her work helped to push through a new initiative to provide subsidies for building supermarkets in neighborhoods […]

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Electorial Geography Website Launches

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Our friend Dr. Ken Martis, who we interviewed back in November on episode 68, sent us this link to the new Electoral Geography website that has just launched. Alexander Kireev seems to be the main person/contact at the site. I haven’t had time to look at the site in depth, but what I have seen […]