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Top 7 facts about world migration

September 8th, 2014 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Humans have been migrating around the planet in great numbers since they first left Africa 60,000 years ago. The advent of international borders certainly did not stop global migration. Although the percentage of the world’s people living outside of their birth countries has remained steady in recent decades, the world’s increasing population means that the sheer […]



A map of all the pinged devices on the internet

September 4th, 2014 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Here’s a map where all devices on the internet are located. The Internet consists of a vast series of tubes, computers, and devices networked together sharing the same information. But where are all those pieces of hardware located?    



Why some poorer countries lend to richer countries

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

In the last ten years, the increase in global imbalances has posed a theoretical challenge for international macroeconomics. Why did some less-developed countries with a higher need for capital, like China, lend to richer countries?    



How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning? When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go […]



Where cats are more popular than dogs around the world

August 4th, 2014 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

There are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. Data from Euromonitor, a market research firm, suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. (Video)    



How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms

July 31st, 2014 at 8:08 am » Comments Off

Finland has a staggering record of education success. Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and scholar, is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. He is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International […]



China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission. Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.    



The story behind Japan’s drone boom

July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to Japan. Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation for decades. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.



China expected to become a world leader in high speed rail while the U.S. stands by

July 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

A maglev train at the Pudong International Airport. High-speed rail (HSR) will connect not only cities, states and countries in the future, but also far-reaching continents. In about 15 to 20 years from now, one could travel seamlessly from London, UK to Beijing, China and even have a detour within the Gulf countries using the […]



OECD predicts global capitalism will collapse in 50 years

July 14th, 2014 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Symbol of capitalism The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a pro-establishment, pro-market thinking organization has released a report predicting a collapse in global economic growth rates, a rise in feudal wealth disparity, collapsing tax revenue and huge, migrating bands of migrant laborers roaming from country to country, seeking crumbs of work. They prescribe “flexible” […]



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