Call for papers: Session on blogs and podcasts in geography

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Over the last year blogs and podcasts have really come to the fore as great ways to disseminate information. While they do not take the place of traditional media for reporting and documentation, they offer a forum for more up-to-date or opinion based information. They also offer a web of information as different blogs link among themselves and to more traditional information sources to being relevant information to the broadest audience. This session will allow for the open discussion of the use of these, and related, technologies to support geography and geographic education. We are looking for individuals with any level of experience with blogs or podcasts from simply reading/listening regularly to maintaining and creating these media whether geography related or not. The format will be a series of short position presentations of 5-10 min followed by an open discussion. No abstracts are need since the session will be submitted as a panel. If you are interested in joining in please contact Jesse at jesse at veryspatial dot com.

Space Elevator

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That’ s right, a space elevator. This is a serious effort from a number of groups to develop an elevator that could be used to transport stuff – and people – between the earth and space. Conceptually it is a 62,000 mile carbon nanotube composite ribbon that will use mechanical lifters moving up and down the ribbon. It has progessed to the point that LiftPort, one of the companies involved, completed a successful 1,000 foot test of the ribbon and lifter on Sept. 20th.

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