Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

How would you describe the health of the oceans?  Poor?  Worsening?  Not that bad?  73%?  If that last one is confusing, read on….

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How clean is your coastline?  Rather than rely on vague descriptions, the Ocean Health Index uses a clear-cut system based on a measurement relating to the amount or number of something rather than its quality.

Qualitative descriptions — that is, descriptions that rely on non-numerical characteristics, like color, degree, good vs bad, more vs less — are useful for some things, but they aren’t always enough.  Because numbers are concrete and easily measured, quantitative measures are often better for making direct comparisons.  The Ocean Health Index allows countries to compare their quantitative scores to those of other countries, making it easy to see which countries need improvement in how they treat their coastlines.

Can you think of another example of a quantitative measure?  When would a qualitative measure be better than a quantitative one?

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Vocablet of the Day: Cram

Focus, dedication, long nights spent cramming: these are the keys to success in any school — even a school for pop stars.

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It’s not easy to become a star, as students at K-Pop schools know well.  Their nights are filled with long hours of studying a subject intensively — and that subject is pop.

While most students are busy filling their heads with math, history, and science, students at a different kind of school are cramming another kind of material: dance steps and catchy lyrics.  Students at K-Pop schools in South Korea want to be stars, and they’re willing to work hard to make their dream a reality.

Every student knows what it’s like to cram for hours.  What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever spent cramming for an exam?

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Vocablet of the Day: Anomalous

For over sixty years, this triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed hundreds of ships in ways that cannot be explained… or has it?

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Ships can sink and airplanes can go missing at any time, but there’s one place on Earth that draws a suspicious number of disappearances that are strange and difficult to identify or classify: The Bermuda Triangle

The area of the Bermuda Triangle are not exactly defined, but it is generally said to exist between the tip of Florida, the Bermuda Islands, and Puerto Rico.  Most official organizations do not recognize the area, and some people say that many of the stories of anomalous disappearances and occurrences in the area are untrue.

Knowing the stories of the Bermuda Triangle, would you travel within it?  Or would you keep on the safe side, staying away from the whole region and its stories of anomalous, and fatal, incidences?

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Vocablet of the Day: Herald

The Earth is always moving, always changing, and people look to the cycle of the seasons to know what’s coming next.

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The leaves change color and fall off the trees to herald the coming of colder days.

Not every place in the world has distinct seasons.  But for those that do, people look out for the characteristic changes, like shorter days or colder temperatures, that signal the coming of the next season.

It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a sign that winter is coming.  Next year, many will eagerly await the flowers and new growth that herald the beginning of spring.

Even without seasons, there are signals that herald the next stage of the year, like holidays or changing patterns of stars in the sky.  What kinds of signs herald changes where you live?

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Vocablet of the Day: Aversion

There are a lot of strange and delicious foods out there, and one food truck is encouraging people to take their appetites to a place they’ve never been.

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Yum!

Would you eat a bug?  If you’re from a Western culture, you probably have a feeling of intense dislike even thinking about it.

But one food truck is challenging this deep-seated aversion with delicious snacks made out of, yes, bugs.  Maybe this will make people question why they have an aversion to eating bugs when they can be a tasty and healthy food.

Do you think you’d eat a buggy snack?  What other foods do you have an aversion toward?

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Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

Environmental impact can be hard to measure, but the new Ocean Health Index might make things a bit simpler.

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How clean are the coasts in YOUR country?

There’s a new way for countries to measure how they treat the ocean — not just as “good” or “bad,” but expressible as a value.

The Ocean Health Index’s quantitative measure will give countries a numerical score of how they treat the ocean.  It is hoped that quantitative, comparable scores will encourage — or shame — low-scoring countries into cleaning up their oceanic act.

The quantitative-Ocean Health Index Vocablet highlights the new way that countries can see how well they treat their coasts, and see how much they need to improve.

Do you think that having a quantitative measurement will inspire nations to treat the oceans better?  How well do you think your country would score?  (I live in the United States, and we would probably score pretty low, sadly.)

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Vocablet of the Day: Delicacy

Trying out cheeses in Italy?  You might be surprised to learn how one of these celebrated local dishes is made.

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Sometimes, the strangest-seeming things can be delicious or highly prized items of food in other cultures.

What are these crawling things in my cheese?!

Casu Marzu, a signature cheese of Sardinia, Italy, is a delicacy that could gross out unsuspecting travelers.  The cheese is fermented and decomposing with the help of tiny maggots, making this unusual delicacy a gooey treat — for those who can stomach the idea.

The delicacy-Casu Marzu Vocablet highlights the unique Italian cheese that uses insect larvae to add a special texture that locals love.

Do you know of (or enjoy) any other strange — or kind of icky — delicacies?

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Vocablet of the Day: Ethic

As we celebrate Earth Day this week, let’s look at one of the ways the United States is attempting to inspire conservation efforts.

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In order to effect real environmental change, the United States is taking steps to create a new set of principles of right and wrong accepted by a group.

It is hoped that the new landmarks will ignite Americans’ love of their country’s natural wonders, creating an environmental ethic geared toward conservation.  Changing the public ethic about environmental issues is one way to deeply influence people’s behavior.

The ethic-America the Beautiful Vocablet highlights the efforts of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to influence the public’s mind about the environment and instill an appreciation for nature.

Do you think this new ethic will take hold?  Or do more drastic steps need to be taken?

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Vocablet of the Day: Caisson

Today’s Vocablet flashcard features an innovative solution to the problem of a sinking city:

If you haven’t been to Venice yet, you might want to make it your next travel destination because it could soon be gone — having sunk into the sea.  The caisson-MOSE Project snippet presents a new idea to stop, or at least slow, this process.  The project uses large watertight chambers for underwater construction to control a series of gates that will stop the flow of tides from flooding the city and shifting its foundations.

How does it work?  CNET has an article describing the process in more depth, including pictures of how the caissons actually move.

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Do you live near any kind of underwater construction (dams, levees, locks)?  Have you visited any?  How do you think a caisson could be useful in constructing those?

Interest Area Highlight: Tourist Attractions

Ah, tourists.

Crowds of people wearing shorts and loose-fitting button-up shirts, snapping photos from giant cameras that hang around their necks, straining to hear the tour guide at the front of the group over the noise of so many people saying their “ooh”s and “aah”s at a particular monument, painting, historic building, or natural wonder.

Crowd in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

With technology like the Internet and GPS-enabled smartphones, the word is getting smaller every day.  And with the relative ease of modern travel (ignoring the lines and annoyances of airport security checks), jet-setting to the other side of the globe has become wildly popular for those who can afford it.

Tourism is a mixed bag: on the one hand, travel encourages knowledge and acceptance of other cultures, people, and societies, leading to greater understanding of humanity as a whole.

On the other hand, tourists create massive crowds, drive up the cost of living for locals, and sometimes even contribute to the breakdown of historical monuments.

Either way, with all of the wonders that our world and its many different cultures have to offer, tourism is here to stay.  Travel may not be for everyone, but for those who love it, there are so many truly awesome sights to see.

The Sphinx of Giza, an ancient Egyptian sculpture formed of a single block of stone, was built around 2500 BCE, which makes it 4,500 years old.  The Sphinx is a famous creature in mythology, best known for its role in the tale of Oedipus with the Riddle of the Sphinx.

Of course, not all tourist attractions are man-made:

The Niagara Falls drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario and form part of the border between Canada and the United States.  Their fame is due to their great size and capacity — on average, almost 4 million cubic feet of water falls over the edge per minute!

 

Looking at maps is a favorite tourist pastime.

 

Many of the longest-lasting and most impressive physical contributions that people have left behind are buildings or other large structures.  The Amazing Architecture studylist showcases some of these huge works of art.

The Taj Mahal was built by an Emperor of India for his favorite wife and queen, which is why it is said to be the concrete form for the abstract concept of love.

The beautiful building is also called the jewel of India, and is visited by two to four million people each year.

 

If you’re looking for an experience not matched in kind or quality by anything else in the world, the Ice Hotel might be the destination for you.

The entire structure is made of ice and snow, and must be rebuilt in sub-freezing temperatures every year.

 

The Colosseum was designed to impress and attract notice, with its huge seating capacity, elaborate arches, and large oval arena for shows and entertainment.

Its opening ceremony consisted of one hundred days of fights, shows, and exotic animal hunts.

 

There are so many incredible sights to see on our little blue planet, and many of us will join the ranks of the camera-toting, local-language-misunderstanding, fanny-pack-wearing tourist throngs at some point in our lives as we attempt to broaden our horizons and gain knowledge of more than just our home corner of the world.

And even if you look silly, seeing the world is worth it.

Are there tourist attractions in your city?  What famous spots have you visited?  Have you seen any recent articles about tourist attractions that you’d like to see as a Vocablet?  Let us know in the comments!