The Iconic Pagoda

The iconic pagoda has had a unique history, spiritual and cultural role. They are found all over the world and are marvels of engineering. 

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https://www.britannica.com/technology/pagoda

Different Types of Pagodas

https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/different-types-of-pagodas

Forerunner of the pagoda- the stupa:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/stupa

 

With earthquakes all around, why pagodas don’t collapse:

https://www.economist.com/christmas-specials/1997/12/18/why-pagodas-dont-fall-down

A well-hidden, spectacular pagoda in Myanmar:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kakku-pagodas

The largest pagoda in the United States:

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6T6P_LARGEST_Buddhist_Pagoda_in_the_United_States_Whittier_CA

 

A pagoda for Peace Activism:

http://www.graftonpeacepagoda.org/history/

 

You can draw your own pagoda:

http://www.supercoloring.com/drawing-tutorials/how-to-draw-how-the-chinese-pagoda

 

Can you find out more abou these Classic Chinese Pagodas?

Wooden Pagoda of Ying County.

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

The Iron Pagoda of Yougou Temple, Kaifeng.

Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery.

Leifeng Pagoda.

Liuhe/Six Harmonies Pagoda.

Tiger Hill Pagoda.

Miaoying Temple White Stupa Pagoda.

 

What’s the pagoda nearest you?

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The End of Recycling?

Is recycling as st

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Other countries won’t take our papers and plastics - they’re ending up in the trash

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/china-has-stopped-accepting-our-trash/584131/

What will happen in small town America?

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2183075/trashed-china-forcing-small-town-america-stop

Recycling affects the environment, our politics, our economy and our own human behavior patterns.

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/recycling.htm

Australia wants to ban export of the materials and increase domestic processing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/world/australia/recycling-plastic-trash.html

5 innovations that could end plastic waste

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/5-innovations-could-end-plastic-waste

This new recycling innovation could help fix our broken trash system

https://www.fastcompany.com/90316183/this-big-new-innovation-could-help-fix-our-broken-recycling-system

Bangalore's New Recycling Plan Helps Its Poorest Residents

https://www.citylab.com/life/2014/04/how-bangalores-new-recycling-plan-helps-its-poorest-residents/8887/

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/29/climate/recycling-landfills-plastic-papers.html

So, Should We Recycle?: Planet Money Podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/926-so-should-we-recycle/id290783428?i=1000444348345

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Some Roots of the Blues Lie in Statesboro, GA

Among the roots of blues music, Blind Willie McTell and Statesboro, Georgia have loomed large. Lots of amazing and different versions define the feeling.

Perhaps the best full-throated "Southern Rock" version of the blues


TWO giants combine to cover it:



THREE giants combine to cover it:

Other variations:

https://vimeo.com/308996544

https://youtu.be/qGRktLL_PI8

There are many more -- does your local blues band have one??

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A record of Blind Willie McTell’s Statesboro Blues |  Source

A record of Blind Willie McTell’s Statesboro Blues | Source

As the Planet Heats Up, “Conditioning” Air Under Scrutiny

No doubt about it, things are getting warmer. How do we stay cool without heating the planet? Where did A/C come from? What are people thinking about the future of "conditioning" our air?

To read more, explore these links:

Where did air conditioning come from, and why?

https://www.energy.gov/articles/history-air-conditioning

Does air conditioning stymie our ability to slow climate change?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/why-keeping-ourselves-cool-doesnt-have-to-mean-heating-the-planet/

How AC works

https://home.howstuffworks.com/ac.htm

A competition to keep us cool

https://globalcoolingprize.org/about-the-global-cooling-prize/

Scientists are using the cold of outer space to rethink air conditioning

https://qz.com/1681465/scientists-invented-air-conditioners-for-the-climate-change-age/

India is likely to inform the future world of A/C

https://qz.com/1675017/the-next-big-disruption-in-air-conditioning-will-be-tested-in-india/

The race to build personal air conditioners

https://www.fastcompany.com/90385897/the-billion-dollar-race-to-invent-a-wearable-air-conditioner

Podcast: Reviewing the idea of air conditioners (how many stars, out of 5 stars, would you give AC?)

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/anthropocene-reviewed-air-conditioning-and-sycamore-trees


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Mathematics, Mythology, Rice, & Computers? The Kolam

Computer scientists are studying ancient Indian art that utilizes mathematics, mythology, and rice:

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Some Rallies and Chants Raise Disturbing Parallels

The Sky's the Limit

Cool things in our skies, the galaxy, the universe, a clear view, telling time and more -- all made possible by just looking up!!


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Our Complicated Relationship with Trees

Called “Sylvan Mastodons”, sequoias astounded a young America… but saws were soon to follow

Incredible trees around the globe

The massive Ceiba was also spiritual

If you’ve ever thought trees could be more alive than we think, you might want to explore more…

Counting Our Trees

 

How are YOUR neighborhoods treating trees??


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Long-Lost Letters Remind Us to Ask: Who Serves, and Why?

Letters sent on the eve of Gettysburg have been found and read for the first time. They remind us of the many reasons that different men and women have served and continue to do so.

Who furnished troops for the Civil War? did your state participate?

How many really perished in the Civil War?

Black soldiers have served as well

Latinos in World War II: Fighting on Two Fronts

Native Americans in Service

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New Frontiers in Organ Donations & Transplants

How many people are waiting for an organ transplant?

Who receives organs and what organs are most needed?

Organ delivery by drone: soon to be routine?

Some want to limit organ donations to state residents. What impact could that have?

How is your state doing?

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A Bronze Age Map of the Cosmos

In 1999, two amateur treasure hunters made a rare discovery at a small town in the Eastern German region of Saxony-Anhalt that shook the world of archeology. The remarkable find was in use from 1,800 to 1,600 BC, likely came from fmines in present-day Austria, England, and Romania, but was almost lost to black market traders.

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By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1500795

By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1500795

Stemming the Tide of Waste

Humans Are Still Asking: Where Did Our Water Come From?

A heap of space rubble that might unlock the mysteries of water on Earth https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613137/ryugu-is-a-heap-of-space-rubble-that-might-unlock-the-mysteries-of-water-on-earth/

Japanese scientists think they know where the Ryugu asteroid came from https://bgr.com/2019/03/21/ryugu-asteroid-origins-hayabusa2-japan/

Too dry?? What does that mean for our planet? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2196990-asteroid-ryugu-is-so-dry-we-may-have-to-rethink-how-earth-got-water/

How come we HAVE water? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-water-come-to-earth-72037248/

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Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57780984

Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57780984

The 15th Amendment

The 15th Amendment: Ulysses S. Grant’s Vision for a Post-Civil War America.

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Hand colored lithograph print commemorating the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment containing a large central scene of the celebratory parade held in Baltimore in May surrounded by several bust portraits and vignettes. Source:  The Library Company of Philadelphia

Hand colored lithograph print commemorating the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment containing a large central scene of the celebratory parade held in Baltimore in May surrounded by several bust portraits and vignettes. Source: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Valuing and Preserving World Cultures

The conservation of world cultures and heritage, now more than ever, is a key factor in economic, scientific, social and human development.


NASA and Navajo Nation Partner in Understanding the Universe

https://www.space.com/nasa-partnership-with-navajo-nation.html

The Amazing Pyramids of Teotihuacan
https://www.livescience.com/63315-photos-teotihuacan-pyramids.html

World Heritage Challenges for the Millennium

http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/world-heritage-challenges-for-the-millennium-2007-en.pdf

This Humble Terrain in New Orleans Played an Invaluable Role in the Birth of Jazz

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/congo-square

Greek Astronomer Hipparchus' Sky Globe Still Helpful Today
https://www.space.com/719-long-lost-star-catalog-plain-sight.html

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Dim the Sun to Cool Our Planet?

Could spraying sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere cool Planet Earth?

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Youth Protests Over Climate Change Envelope the Globe

As youth anger over climate change mounts, protests spread around the globe. 

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  • Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

  • Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

  • Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

 

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Environmental Protest PC:  Tony Webster  | CC

Environmental Protest PC: Tony Webster | CC

The Birth of Women's Suffrage

In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and other women called a women’s rights meeting in Seneca Falls, New York.  People came to view the Seneca Falls, NY gathering as the meeting that launched the suffrage movement.

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By unknown - Library of Congress, PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22568316

By unknown - Library of Congress, PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22568316

Pieces of Mars Are Among the Bodies Colliding with Earth

In order to understand meteorite impacts on Earth, it is important to know where the chunks of rock come from.

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Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a  slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of  two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars  2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars  onboard the rover.  Credits:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars onboard the rover.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech