Cities' projected growth could put species at risk | Where are the most isolated towns in the US? | Study: Animal movement patterns limited in human-altered landscapes
February 22, 2018
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Cities' projected growth could put species at risk
More than 400 large cities throughout the world are located in 36 biodiversity hot spots. In many cases, their continued expansion could threaten natural habitats, research suggests.
CityLab (2/16) 
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Where are the most isolated towns in the US?
The Washington Post has attempted to pinpoint some of the most isolated towns in the US using data from the Malaria Atlas Project. The paper calculates that it would take residents of Glasgow, Mont., 4.5 hours of travel time to reach the nearest metropolitan area of more than 75,000 people.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/20) 
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Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
Research, Education and Global Change
Plants showed up on Earth much earlier than once thought, study suggests
Plants may have been on Earth as early as 500 million years ago, much earlier than had once been thought, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. "Our results show the ancestor of land plants was alive in the middle Cambrian Period, which was similar to the age for the first known terrestrial animals," said Mark Puttick, a researcher on the study.
BBC (2/20) 
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China undertakes massive project to divert water to where it's needed
Rapid industrialization in China and changing weather patterns are significantly straining the country's natural resources and water supplies. But the world's largest water diversion project aims to relieve much of the stress by channeling water from the south, where it's abundant, to the parched northern regions.
The Kathmandu Post (Nepal) (2/14) 
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Technology and Applications
LiDAR reveals structure of ancient city in Mexico
LiDAR scanning technology has helped researchers determine that the ancient western Mexico city of Angamuco once had 40,000 building foundations, about as many as present-day Manhattan. The 10-square-mile city was built by the Purepecha, who were rivals to the Aztecs, and once had 100,000 residents.
Smithsonian online (2/19),  The Guardian (London) (2/15) 
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Sensors offer insight into North Atlantic's currents
Sensors in the North Atlantic Ocean are allowing researchers a closer look at how currents operate in that region. The sensors could eventually help answer long-standing questions about what powers the currents, said Susan Lozier, an oceanographer at Duke University.
Nature (free content) (2/16) 
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Association News
AAG Announces "Encoding Geography" Program
The AAG is excited to announce its newest initiative: Encoding Geography, an AAG initiative to increase diversity and computer science literacy among all geographers to strengthen our discipline for the future. Under the Encoding Geography initiative, the American Association of Geographers (AAG) will lead long-term and synergistic efforts to equip all geographers with a sufficient level of literacy in computer science and, in doing so, aim for a more diverse participation in our discipline. Learn more.
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Editing Deadline Tomorrow, Feb. 23!
Want to make minor changes to your abstract or session for #AAG2018? You can do so until Friday, Feb. 23! Any changes made after the deadline may not appear in the program. Make your final edits today! Edit your Abstract.
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