Map charts 224 State of the Union addresses | Research explores how neighborhoods influence earnings | When nature and economics collide
January 22, 2015
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Map charts 224 State of the Union addresses
This article offers an interactive map highlighting the various concerns and issues at home and abroad that U.S. presidents have discussed in 224 State of the Union addresses. Natural language processing algorithms were used to map 1,410 places around the globe that presidents have mentioned in their addresses. The map reveals when different countries and continents captured the nation's interest. The Atlantic online (1/18)
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Research explores how neighborhoods influence earnings
Two recent studies continue to examine the role that neighborhoods play in residents' current and future outcomes, including wages and opportunities. One study finds that children's neighborhoods shape these outcomes apart from the influence of parents and their incomes. Another focuses on how neighborhoods affect the current incomes of blue-collar and service workers versus knowledge and creative workers in Sweden. CityLab (1/16)
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

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Mapping agriculture around the globe
Two recently released maps highlight how much of the world's land is being used for agricultural purposes. Researchers used data from satellite images, regional maps and other sources, and they relied on crowdsourcing to compile all of the information. The maps could be useful for climate modelers and agencies that track agricultural growth. (1/20)
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Deeply submerged grounding zone in Antarctica may hold clues to glacial melting
Scientists have drilled deep into the grounding zone, a submerged area of Antarctica underneath the Ross Ice Shelf, hoping to find clues about the long-term stability of glaciers. What they found were pebbles sitting on top of sandy mud, which could indicate that the ice is melting more quickly. "From the looks of it, there's been quite a change in the environment," said glaciologist Ross Powell. (1/16)
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Startup focuses on smaller, cheaper satellites
Planet Labs, which recently raised $95 million, makes smaller, less-expensive satellites designed to provide an up-to-date view of the ground. The company has already launched 67 of the satellites, which are intended to offer a complete picture of the world every 90 days. "Right now we've got a bunch of large companies around the world who are really, really excited about this and see how much of a game-changing capability this is," said co-founder Chris Boshuizen. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (1/21)
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GPS, drones help protect African wildlife
High-tech tools such as drones and GPS are being used to bolster conservation efforts in Africa. Conservationists are testing a "shot spotter" system that can give rangers coordinates to locate poaching sites in Kenya. In Namibia, meanwhile, GPS collars are being used to update farmers about the movements of predators. NBC News (1/17)
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Association News
Call for Nominations: AAG Standing Committees
The AAG Council will make appointments to several of the AAG Standing Committees at its spring 2015 meeting. These appointments will replace members whose terms will expire on July 1, 2015. If you wish to nominate yourself or other qualified individuals for one or more of these vacancies, please notify AAG Secretary Laura Smith at on or before March 1, 2015. Details.
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Members encouraged to update e-mail for upcoming AAG election
The AAG election will be conducted online again and will take place Jan. 30 to March 3, 2015. All current members with a valid e-mail address on record will receive a special code to cast their votes. Please update your AAG profile with your preferred e-mail address to ensure you receive your secure, personal voting code. If you prefer to vote via paper ballot, send a request to The 2015 election slate will be published soon. Learn more.
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The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret."
-- Salvador Dali,
Spanish painter
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