“There are still places in the United States where nearly all men in their prime working years have a job. In the affluent sections of Manhattan; in the energy belt that extends down from the Dakotas; in the highly educated suburbs of San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston and elsewhere, more than 90 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 are working in many neighborhoods. The male employment rates in those areas resemble the nationwide male employment rates in the 1950s and 1960s.”
From The Guardian:
“Over the next couple of months, we’ll be crowdsourcing a map of NGOs working in developing countries. If you’re part of a development organisation, we want your help to fill up our map and tell us about the wonderful work that you do.
Why are we doing this? Firstly, we want to know more about our community. We want to reach out to more organisations to write for us and to join our live Q&As. Long term, we also want this to be a non-comprehensive resource for NGOs - somewhere you can go to look for other groups working in your field when you want to collaborate.”
Looking forward to it.
“Texas is full of oilmen, and Kentucky and West Virginia are big on mining. That’s pretty obvious, but some states have disproportionate employment in less intuitive categories. New Hampshire is all about forest fire prevention, Missouri likes to split rocks, and Mississippi is for upholsterers.”
“The U.S. Geological Survey and Esri have created a zoomable map that lets you explore all of the world’s ecological land units down to an astounding 820 foot (250 meter) resolution. Check it out and tell us about your "ecological land unit.”
“In 1914 London’s Underground was frequently overcrowded, filthy and confusing. Frank Pick, the network’s commercial director, wanted to lighten up the often tense atmosphere. He hired MacDonald Gill to design the "Wonderground” map, a whimsical cartoon map of the system full of jokes, puns and various other cute touches.“
December, 915: Berengar I was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome.
Yet another map of Ancient Rome, this time in atlas form. This particular version is one of the best known and well respected maps of Ancient Rome, created by an Italian archaeologist named Rodolfo Lanciani.
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Same holds in the U.S., and especially New England, which was deforested 4 times since colonization.
Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago
“More than 100 years ago, timber was used for almost everything: as fuel wood, for metal production, furniture, house construction. Hence, at around 1900 there was hardly any forest areas left in Europe. Especially after World War II, many countries started massive afforestation programs which are still running today,” Fuchs told The Washington Post.
As a result, Europe’s forests grew by a third over the last 100 years. At the same time, cropland decreased due to technological innovations such as motorization, better drainage and irrigation systems: Relatively fewer area was needed to produce the same amount of food. Furthermore, many people migrated from rural to urban areas, or overseas.
Fuchs’ fascinating conclusion: Forests and settlements grew at the same time and Europe is a much greener continent today than it was 100 years ago. A closer look at different regions and countries reveals Europe’s recovery from the deforestation of past centuries.
“If you ever find yourself hanging around in the 11th century, be sure to carry a copy of the Medieval Tube Map. The chart shows the many small hamlets, manors and landmarks that you might have visited in and around London during the Middle Ages.”
Via the Londonist
“On the hunt for Bigfoot? Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate in Geography at Penn State, has stumbled across a treasure trove of Bigfoot sightings. Stevens discovered that the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has catalogued Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings in the United States and Canada stretching back to 1921.
The database hosted by BFRO contains thousands of geocoded and timestamped logs describing sightings of the mythical beast. Stevens consolidated a total of 3,313 sightings from 1921 to 2013. He then mapped and graphed out the sightings to look for patterns.”
The World’s Smallest Map of the World, 2012
In 2012, IBM scientists created a complete 3D map of the world, measuring only 22 by 11 micrometers. (A micrometer—µm—is a millionth of a meter.) The map was “written” on a polymer by manipulating the sophisticated silicon tip of a powerful microscope. At this size, 1,000 world maps could fit on a grain of salt! In the relief, 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) of altitude correspond to roughly 8 nanometers. (A nanometer—nm—is a billionth of a meter.) The map is composed of 500,000 pixels, each measuring 20 square nanometers, and was created in only 2 minutes and 23 seconds.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that this year’s vaccine isn’t actually a good match to battle the most common flu strain that’s spreading across the country this season, called the Influenza A (H3N2).
The agency took a SAMPLING
of flu cases this season and discovered that “just under half were a good match for the current Influenza A (H3N2) component” contained in this fall’s batch of flu shots, Reuters reveals. That means that the flu strain has mutated, rendering the shots less effective.
“Low-wage workers are walking off the job in almost 200 American cities on Thursday, barely two years after a far smaller group of fast food employees in New York City launched strikes demanding a $15 hourly wage and the right to form a union.”
“This 1936 map of Washington, DC pinpoints residencies that had produced kids recently designated “juvenile delinquents.” The data for the map came from the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Court. The red marks on the map, which look similar from afar, are shaped differently: stars mean “white girls”; squares are for “white boys”; circles indicate “colored girls”; and triangles denote “colored boys.”
Those responsible for printing this DC map may have been responding to recent work by Clifford R. Shaw, a sociologist whose book Delinquency Areas (1929) tracked 60,000 Chicago youths, mapping their addresses and trying to understand how the geography of the city might be contributing to truancy, delinquency, and criminality.”
Via Slate’s Vault
“Since a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson early last week, thousands have taken to the streets around the country to protest, with some using tactics aimed to disrupt: They’ve marched onto freeways in traffic, chained themselves acrosscommuter train cars, and staged "die-ins” in malls on the busiest shopping day of the year.“
Via Mother Jones
“The Star Wars Galaxy Map is a two dimensional interactive atlas of a galaxy far, far away. You may have heard of the legendary battles between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Now for the first time you can explore the background to this epic galactic war.
The map shows the location of planets, sectors and regions within the Star Wars Galaxy. You can click on regions and planets to reveal their names and a link to the relevant Wookieepedia article. You can also select which layers you want to see displayed on the map by clicking on the ‘visible layers’ button. The layers included on the map are Planets, Hyperspace, Sectors, and Regions.”
62% of US Cut Christmas Trees Come from NC and OR