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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 04.03.12

4/3/2012 12:55:33 PM

Tags: education, Titanic, radio, community gardening, 1940 census, Canadian politics, Wikipedia, Sam Ross-Brown

School bus invasion 

Why America’s schools are doing better than you think.


The world’s first comic-book dissertation.


A new map helps community gardeners find vacant land in New York City.


The full-size office that doubles as a giant suitcase.


37 million people try to access the 1940 census archives at the same time.


The House of Commons hacks Wikipedia.


Why the subprime mess was bad for segregation.


A nifty graph on copyright law and the midcentury book desert.   


My Liberal Party MP can beat up your Conservative Party Senator.


A college professor wants to pay you to go to school.


A Japanese photographer floats across Tokyo (or so it seems).



Why NPR owes a lot to the sinking of the Titanic. Like much of the ship itself, the Titanic’s radio equipment was among the most advanced in the early 20th century world. It’s failure to properly alert maritime authorities was something of a wake-up call for radio engineers to develop a more reliable and more standard system of communication.


Image by Andrei Niemimäki, licensed under Creative Commons.  


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