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Thursday, June 17, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Mapping trans laws, locating Niagara Falls

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2020 bills banning trans youth from sports
The Guardian: Mapping the anti-trans laws sweeping America: ‘A war on 100 front - After sports-focused bills, the bulk of the "other anti-trans bills sought to outlaw gender-affirming healthcare, with at least 36 proposals related to medical treatments across 21 states." 

Study Finds: Americans don’t know where their national landmarks are — 1 in 5 thinks Niagara Falls is in Iceland! - The poll was funded by Charmin (the toilet paper brand) and besides geography, covers sustainability. This story was not widely picked up in the U.S., but I did see it on Russia Today.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: A new universal spatial pattern

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Visual Capitalist: A Map of the Online World in Incredible Detail - This map of the internet by Halcyon Maps was inspired "by the look and design of historical maps" and "provides a snapshot of the current state of the World Wide Web, as of April 2021."

Vice: Millions of People's Location Data Revealed a 'Universal' Pattern In Study - "A team modeled recurring visits to various city locations using billions of mobile phone datapoints across four continents." The new universal law from the Sensibility Lab at MIT suggests, "...the number of visitors to any location decreases as the inverse square of the product of their visiting frequency and travel distance.”

Thursday, June 3, 2021

GIS Ed Weekly: Learning about and discharging discriminatory covenants

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NBC News: Mask tracker: Does your state still require face masks? - What would you have expected "green" to mean?

NY Times: Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities? - "Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods. Now, some cities are starting to take them down."

U ARK: Low-Wage Earners Spent Less Time at Home During Early Pandemic Lockdown - A growing body of research suggests "low-wage earners — a vulnerable group already at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 — could not afford to comply with stay-at-home orders or worked in professions that prohibited working from home."