Pharrell Williams - Happy (RAW for the Oceans version) - “Happy life, happy human beings & happy oceans.”
Submarine Cable Map 2014
A map put together by TeleGeography displays where all the undersea fibre-optic telecommunication cables are and who they connect to … in other words, a map of the physical internet:
The map depicts routes of 263 in-service and 22 planned undersea cables. Each country is colored according to how many international submarine cable system links are connected there. Capital cities and the location and direction of 44 cable vessels (as of December 6, 2013) are also provided.
The map provides detailed information about cable landing stations in key regions including Hawaii, Southern Florida, New York, New Jersey, Cornwall, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney.
The map is available for purchase at TeleGeography. You can find out more about the map here
An interactive version of the map to view and zoom in your browser can be found here
An interview with TeleGeography’s research director about the subject can be found at CNN here
Why Are We Still Shouting About GMOs?
Why is it so hard for scientists and the public to agree about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture? Proponents argue that tweaking a crop’s DNA can increase nutritional value, pest resistance, or yield to help feed the world’s growing population. But many remain vehemently opposed to the technology. Some fear that big businesses like Monsanto will monopolize the agricultural industry by claiming intellectual property rights over GM crops. Others aren’t convinced that GMOs are safe to eat.
Philosopher of science Daniel Hicks of Western University in London, Canada, has studied how sociopolitical and ethical concerns—for example, fears about abuse of intellectual property rights—get mixed up with the technical questions about food safety in the GMO debate. His current research seeks to document how people on either side of the controversy collect and use evidence about the claim that GMOs increase crop yields. He presented a poster titled “Why is the GMO debate so intractable?” here at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. Hicks sat down with Science to answer a few questions about the GMO debate.
Read more (via sciencemag.org)
Who is interested to dig deeper into the issue, I suggest the special that Nature did in 2013 for the thirty years since the introduction of the first transgenic plant.
Desert agriculture in Saudi Arabia.
Japanese farmer creates the world’s first heart-shaped watermelon
HH: Lovely for your Valentine
As Spring nears and we momentarily allow ourselves to dream of warmer weather sweeping across the country, my thoughts rest on Grant Wood’s painting of “Spring Turning.” The plowed geometry overlying the rolling low lands of the midwestern states warms and comforts me in these last few weeks of Winter.
The drying of the West
Drought is forcing westerners to consider wasting less water
“THE first rule for staying alive in a desert is not to pour the contents of your water flask into the sand. Yet that, bizarrely, is what the government has encouraged farmers to do in the drought-afflicted south-west.”
Read more at The Economist