One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete

Nothing is truly private … ever.

via One bad tweet can be costly to a student athlete.

Don’t let a stupid post be the end of your career.

“Never let a 140 character tweet cost you a $140,000 scholarship,” Brandon Chambers, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Marymount (Virginia) University, tweeted on Aug. 25.

Women Rock!

In 1997, Tharp, who had long worked patiently in Heezen’s shadow, received double honors from the Library of Congress, which named her one of the four greatest cartographers of the 20th century and included her work in an exhibit in the 100th-anniversary celebration of its Geography and Map Division. There, one of her maps of the ocean floor hung in the company of the original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence and pages from Lewis and Clark’s journals. When she saw it, she started to cry. But Tharp had known all along that the map she created was remarkable, even when she was the only one who believed. “Establishing the rift valley and the mid-ocean ridge that went all the way around the world for 40,000 miles—that was something important,” she wrote. “You could only do that once. You can’t find anything bigger than that, at least on this planet.”

via How One Woman’s Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology | Mental Floss.

Canals: Crowded waters | The Economist

Canals: Crowded waters | The Economist.

Hewn out of the land during the Industrial Revolution, they were once Britain’s main arteries of trade. The rise of railways and roads made them redundant and many were left to moulder, alongside the old industrial areas of many cities. But, as those grimy zones have been spruced up, so have the 4,800km (3,000 miles) of canals that remain.

The former towpaths are hike and bike trails.  Houseboats and sightseeing boats float through the locks.  And actual commercial traffic is up:

the number of containers transported on the Manchester ship canal increased from 3,000 in 2009 to an impressive 23,000 in 2013.

The canals are being refurbished thanks to changes in government policies.

 In 2012, as the government sought to slash budgets, it offloaded British Waterways, the state corporation which ran two-thirds of the canals, from its books. The Canal and River Trust was set up.

Various sources of funds now involve the public in funding and managing the canals.  And the canals have gone from garbage infested eyesores to useful again.

Canals: Crowded waters | The Economist

Merry and Bright

You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space | WIRED.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is possible to see the difference holiday lights make from outer space!

[… ]major cities such as Dallas, Washington D.C. and Phoenix were between 20 and 50 percent brighter during the holiday season.

There’s definitely a pattern to the brightest spots: suburbs!

“Where are the green areas? They are in the suburbs and the exurbs and the periphery,” Roman said. “People are leaving work for the holidays and they’re turning on the lights.”

You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space | WIRED

The US isn’t the only place that lights up.  Ramadan, celebrated by Muslims around the world, also lights up the night sky.

You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space | WIRED

Why Are There Deserts?

Don’t Get in This Water

BBC News – Brazil Olympics: Super-bacteria found in Rio sea waters.

Researchers in Brazil have discovered a drug-resistant bacteria in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

70% of Rio de Janeiro’s sewage is untreated and is dumped into the bay.  The superbugs are resistant to most antibiotics.  Treating infections caused by the bacteria requires hospitalization and toxic drugs.

In its Olympic bid, Rio promised to reduce pollution in Guanabara Bay by 80%.

But in June Rio Mayor Eduardo Silva admitted the target would not be met.

Watch out.

The woman who walked 10,000 miles – The Week

The woman who walked 10,000 miles – The Week.

ON JUNE 20, 2010,Marquis’ 38th birthday, she set out to walk from Siberia through Asia and, once back in Australia, trek to her beloved tree. The video of Marquis at her starting point in Irkutsk feels like the setup for a horror film. “So here we are,” she said just before turning away from the camera. “Time to go now!” On her back is a 75-pound pack, and trailing behind her, overflowing with gear secured by bungee cords, is a custom-made cart that looks like a cross between a wheelbarrow and a giant roller bag — her dry-land sled. It weighed 120 pounds.

You’ll have to click the link to find out what happens.

Here’s a short video

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