The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2014 Editor’s note: 2015’s list of the best, most interesting websites has arrived! The video above is a sampling from that list. Welcome to the most awesome blog post you’re going to see all year. Yep, it’s the third installment in the super-popular annual series in which I document the sites I think you’ll want to spend a lot of time on in the coming year (below you’ll find a few highlights from recent years in case you missed out). I have one major rule: a site can only appear on this list once, so there are never any duplicates.
Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years. The study was conducted by three geographic researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital in Vienna. The researchers presented their data in five-year increments, from 1990 to 2010. Their research is unique, because it turned static census counts from over 150 countries into a dynamic flow of human traffic.
Stories Climate Refugees Reporter Anna York traveled to Newtok, Alaska, to see firsthand how the rising sea threatened the stability of the village and its residents. Down the lines As energy consumption increases, the construction of power lines has fallen behind, leaving the energy grid in jeopardy. Debating coal’s future The residents of Meigs County, Ohio are faced with the potential of a new coal plant, which could harm the community’s health but also create jobs. Global food losses and food waste: Extent, causes and prevention This report (Gustavsson J, Cederberg C, Sonesson U, van Otterdijk R and Meybeck A (2011) FAO, Rome) examines food waste in the industrialised world and the developing world. It finds that: Per capita, much more food is wasted in the industrialised world than in developing countries. Per capita food waste in Europe and North-America is 95-115 kg/year, while this figure in Sub-Saharan Africa and South/Southeast Asia is only 6-11 kg/year.The causes of food losses and waste in low-income countries are mainly connected to financial, managerial and technical limitations in harvesting techniques, storage and cooling A reduction in food losses could improve food security and livelihoods.Food supply chains in developing countries need to be strengthened by encouragingsmall farmers to organize and to diversify and upscale their production and marketing. Investments in infrastructure, transportation, food industries and packaging industries are also required.
Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting... Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die (courtesy of Vincent Lewis' Unsold Cars) Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom. Please do see this on Google Maps....type in Sheerness, United Kingdom.
disposableWebPage Hello World. This is LMWIFY, short for “Let Me Write It For You”. LMWIFY lets you create simple yet stunning looking messages on a canvas and distribute it as an image to your family and friends. European word translator: an interactive map Enter one or two lower-case English words to see translations from Google Translate. Examples: banana the cat she runs Random words: ride sick Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opens new Art of the Americas Wing Exterior improvements continue at the museum — part of its ongoing efforts to embrace the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Back Bay Fens, surround the building with greenery, and in so doing, help to rejuvenate the museum's neighborhood.
Food waste and food loss This week the World Bank has been highlighting the problem of food waste, reinforcing previous findings that between a quarter and a third of the world’s food is lost or wasted. I’ve written about this before, pointing out that this happens in developing countries as well as overconsuming Western ones. The World Bank report gives us a breakdown between the two, which I’ve not seen before. In deciding which part of the world has a bigger problem, bear in mind that roughly one in seven of the world’s people live in developed countries. The report also gives us a helpful distinction between food that is ‘lost’ and food that is ‘wasted’.
Need to Know: Robots down on the farm On this week's "TechKnow," Marita Davison explores two innovative robots that are helping farms and vineyards change the way they plant and pick their crops. Agrobot is a Spanish company that has developed an innovative way to pick strawberries. Their SW 6010 harvester uses cameras to analyze a vine and select only the ripest berries: The Agrobot makes strawberry picking more efficient, though some human contribution is still required. uk.businessinsider The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Sean Gallup/Getty