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theatlantic:

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.
Read more. [Image: Samuel Arbesman]

theatlantic:

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.

Read more. [Image: Samuel Arbesman]

(via npr)

guardian:

This will bring a smile to your face! A very thirsty and hot chimpanzee called Tong drinks water from a pipe that an official turned on to help cool him down as temperatures rise to nearly 40C in Bangkok, Thailand Photograph: Apichart Weerawong/AP

guardian:

This will bring a smile to your face! A very thirsty and hot chimpanzee called Tong drinks water from a pipe that an official turned on to help cool him down as temperatures rise to nearly 40C in Bangkok, Thailand Photograph: Apichart Weerawong/AP

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emergentfutures:

Water wars between countries could be just around the corner, Davey warns


Energy secretary tells conference that growing pressure on water resources could worsen existing war and lead to new ones

Full Story: Guardian

emergentfutures:

Water wars between countries could be just around the corner, Davey warns

Energy secretary tells conference that growing pressure on water resources could worsen existing war and lead to new ones

Full Story: Guardian

poptech:

“Markia hystrix” spotted by Rachelle Smith in Panama.

One of the wildest examples of camouflage we’ve seen yet! This lichen-mimicking katydid blends in masterfully with the trees and rocks it climbs.

(via Project Noah)

poptech:

“Markia hystrix” spotted by Rachelle Smith in Panama.

One of the wildest examples of camouflage we’ve seen yet! This lichen-mimicking katydid blends in masterfully with the trees and rocks it climbs.

(via Project Noah)