Refrigerate or Not?

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn’t : The Salt : NPR.

We Americans, along with the Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians, tend to be squeamish about our chicken eggs, so we bathe them and then have to refrigerate them.

But we’re oddballs. Most other countries don’t mind letting unwashed eggs sit next to bread or onions.

Because of several salmonella outbreaks the US mandates eggs must be washed and refrigerated.  But that washes away the protective coating that naturally  comes on eggs.

The coating is like a little safety vest for the egg, keeping water and oxygen in and bad bacteria out. Washing can damage that layer and “increase the chances for bacterial invasion” into pores or hairline cracks in the shell, according to Yi Chen, a food scientist at Purdue University. So we spray eggs with oil to prevent bacteria from getting in, and refrigerate them to keep microorganisms at bay.

Geography Education says:

For many Americans that are traveling abroad for the first time, realizing that eggs aren’t in the refrigerator is a bit of a culture shock (not to mention the moment they find milk in a box that also isn’t being refrigerated). Agricultural practices dictate storage requirements and some things we might have imagined were universal are actually place-specific or peculiar to our cultural setting. What we are taught to think of as gross, appropriate, attractive or even sanitary is often steeped in a cultural context. So is it strange the we refrigerate our eggs in the United States, or that they don’t in other places?

The Internets

The population of the internet, in one map - Vox

The population of the internet, in one map – Vox.

Where is the Hill Country?

Where is the Texas Hill Country? – GIS@ACC.

Different people have different ideas about where the Hill Country is – and now that data has been collected and mapped.  Behold – a perceptual map of Texas’ Hill Country!

Every Tree

Where the Trees Are : Image of the Day.

4 pixels per acre map of forest cover in the continental US, about 30 meter resolution.

2014 World Population Data Sheet – PRB.org

2014 World Population Data Sheet – PRB.org.

very cool interactive about world population trends

2014 World Population Data Sheet – PRB.org

Black Sea Strategy

Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy | Stratfor.

The most critical issue for the United States is to create a single integrated plan that takes into account the most pressing challenges. Such a plan must begin by defining a theater of operations sufficiently coherent geographically as to permit integrated political maneuvering and military planning. U.S. military doctrine has moved explicitly away from a two-war strategy. Operationally, it might not be possible to engage all adversaries simultaneously, but conceptually, it is essential to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations. For me, it is increasingly clear that that center is the Black Sea.

The Black Sea is the geographical center of the current conflicts.  George Friedman argues that it should be the center of our focus in dealing with the region.

Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy | Stratfor

Connected

Map Shows All The Devices In The World Connected To The Internet | IFLScience.

Well, at least some of us live in a small world….

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