As this weekend, New York is preparing to host the UN’s Climate Change Summit, many people will be marching in cities around the world to bring attention and public support to the issues facing the environment.

This article explores some of the ways that our cities a urban areas around the world play an important part in this debate, and offer ways of change to the future:

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/416651/un-climate-summit-what-s-it-cities

”Cities contribute 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, despite accounting for only 2% of land use. The UN Climate Summit places cities high on the agenda for creating a sustainable, low-carbon future.’

Read more about the international Campaign Against Climate Change here:

http://www.campaigncc.org/

Photo by ruimc77/Flickr.

SEPTEMBER IN PICTURES

Heather Guertin at Brennan & Griffin. On view through October 12, 2014. See more images here.

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Installation view of Heather Guertin: ‘Development’ at Brennan & Griffin, 2014. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin

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Installation view of Heather Guertin: ‘Development’ at Brennan & Griffin, 2014. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin

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Heather Guertin at Brennan & Griffin. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin

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Heather Guertin at Brennan & Griffin. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin

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Heather Guertin at Brennan & Griffin. Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin
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The marine eels and other members of the superorder  Elopomorpha have a leptocephalus larval stage, which are flat and transparent. This group is quite diverse, containing 801 species in 24 orders, 24 families and 156 genera (super diverse). 

Leptocephali have compressed bodies that contain jelly-like substances on the inside, with a thin layer of muscle with visible myomeres on the outside, a simple tube as a gut, dorsal and anal fins, but they lack pelvic fins. They also don’t have any red blood cells (most likely is respiration by passive diffusion), which they only begin produce when the change into the juvenile glass eel stage. Appears to feed on marine snow, tiny free-floating particles in the ocean.

This large size leptocephalus must be a species of Muraenidae (moray eels), and probably the larva of a long thin ribbon eel, which is metamorphosing, and is entering shallow water to finish metamorphosis into a young eel, in Bali, Indonesia.

Study First to Use Brain Scans to Forecast Early Reading Difficulties

Read the full article Study First to Use Brain Scans to Forecast Early Reading Difficulties at NeuroscienceNews.com.

UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

Research: “White Matter Morphometric Changes Uniquely Predict Children’s Reading Acquisition” by Chelsea A. Myers, Maaike Vandermosten, Emily A. Farris, Roeland Hancock, Paul Gimenez, Jessica M. Black, Brandi Casto, Miroslav Drahos, Mandeep Tumber, Robert L. Hendren, Charles Hulme, and Fumiko Hoeft in Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/0956797614544511

Image: The researchers found that the developmental course of the children’s white matter volume predicted the kindergarteners’ abilities to read. This image is for illustrative purposes only and is not connected to the research. Credit cuidado infantil.

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While people drench themselves with cold water for the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ in the West; Aljazeera looks at the worsening crisis in New Delhi, the worlds second largest city, where the fight is on everyday for access to fresh, clean water.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/08/india-delhi-water-crisis-2014829115521403974.html

MapFiller? More like MAP FILLED!

Amazing! You guys rock! Since our last update where we introduced our crowd-sourced level editor, many of you have been hard at work recreating a glitchy world in Children of Ur. 

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A whopping 1360/1369 streets have been filled in by all of you. And in the short span of just two weeks! Truly incredible. Please apply high fives liberally. 

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There’s many bigger things to come, but in the mean time, we have updated our outdated street-loading screens.

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Before Shim Shiri was updated, TS had given it a more ‘appropriate’ name, still used in the reference files.

We’ve also released mystery quoins and Quarazy quoins into the world. Mystery quoins create randomized quoins in the level, where Quarazy quoins give you a huge imagination boost. Huzzah.

Future Development

So what do we have in store? Our developers (and the ranks are growing!) are working on a diverse set of features now.

  1. Paul’s been hard at work at an improved user interface for the game - one that’s much cleaner, has better features, and has more of a Children of Ur spin on it.
  2. Andy has some awesome website features in the works; forums, profiles, the whole nine yards. Prepare yourselves.
  3. I’ve been working on the new wardrobe/vanity design. Get ready to dress up (and dress down) to your heart’s content!
  4. Our super-developer, Robert, has been working on a ton of stuff. More map features, auctions, and personal avatars in the game!

So we’re knee-deep into development now. Watch for some teaser images over the next week to see what we’re working on each day.

As always, thanks for being awesome.

- Courtney

Watch on blog.figglewatts.co.uk

LSD: Revamped Gameplay.

This is just a little video to show the culmination of the past few weeks of development.

 Why Won’t the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away? | Think Africa Press

One of the most intrinsic characteristics of the white saviour complex is its ability to engrain and spread the notion that Westerners are the solution to African problems.

This requires portraying the latter as helpless and recirculating images of abandonment and violence or innocence and primitivism while ignoring alternative and just as available images.

Another trait of the white saviour complex is that unlike the imperial and top-down ‘white man’s burden’, it takes place in a shared virtual space between the saviour and the people being saved and in a world in which the goals, personalities and projects of white saviours can be immediately beamed out, as well as commented on and liked or retweeted, into the worlds of Africans themselves.

This can undermine the work of Africans in their own communities. Africans are, after all, actively mobilising new technologies and social media to shape their own worlds and engage directly with the ways that others represent them.

So why, even in these shared spaces, do narratives in which Africans are just the backdrop to American saviours’ stories still persist?

Why do even influential writers such as Nicolas Kristof, for example, argue that his readers will not care about stories about Africa unless he puts the American centre stage?

These are some of the questions our film FRAMED tries to answer, while also showing that Africans such as author and commentator Binyavanga Wainaina and photographer and activist Boniface Mwangi are not exceptions but simply a couple of the strong, visionary, innovative and passionate Africans that are struggling to make things better in the real and virtual worlds.

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