My Tweets of the Winter 2011-2012: The World, Our Planet

By Marten Mickos | May 14, 2012

Here is a summary of my tweets about the world and our planet from the previous months.

This is my previous tweet summary for Fall 2011. And, of course, feel free to follow my tweets in real time at!/martenmickos


James Cameron completes 11km Mariana trench dive

James Cameron begins descent to ocean's deepest point - impressive stuff!

RT @RomanStanek Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport

Bilingual makes you smarter. NYT

Interesting reading: Index of Silicon Valley 2012 - half of the ppl speak other than English at home

RT @aneelb: Very cool report. Winners and Losers During the Great Recession

The best use of your contemplative time - in chunks of 18 minutes - viewing TED talks

Democracy doesn't elect the best leaders, but it avoids the worst

Best and worst countries to be a woman

RT @thepartycow: The past, present, and future walk into a bar. It was tense.

Conservative swearing happened in Finland today via @martinamickos


Shaon fights illiteracy in Bangladesh with the help of a Eucalyptus cloud

300 million year old forest marvelously preserved near Wuda, China

RT @hnshah Soviet Space Propaganda Posters, 1958-1963

Brilliant and brilliantly expressive pinot noirs from Rhys

RT @edyong209: Amazing. Fruits buried by prehistoric squirrels & frozen for 30,000 yrs have produced viable flowers

In Russia, Upping the Ante - by Julia Ioffe in Foreign Policy via @edyson

Ode to public schools (article in New York Times)

Guide to the amazing Nordic startup ecosystem - Forbes - Kazaa, MySQL, Rdio, Rovio, Skype etc.

Why Arabic is Terrific - awesome and hilarious writeup (via @awadallah)

First person to run solo across the Sahara desert - a Finn! He must have a snow-to-sand mutation. via @mharvala


Interesting analysis by Esther Dyson @edyson of societal changes in Russia (with social networks)

Oldest dinosaur nursery found in South Africa

The right to be forgotten - Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, at DLD in Munich

Bill Gates has given away 48% of his net worth for charity, saving more than 5,000,000 lives: via @Bill_Gross

RT @ericschmidt on the rise of China as a high-tech power.

Right after Panama go to Helsinki - design, architecture, music, restaurants


Helsinki through Om Malik's eyes via @om

To be a world power, it seems you need your own GPS system via @martinamickos

Interesting analysis of the East India Company in the Economist - with parallels to today's state-owned corporations

Ireland, Malta, Denmark have highest % of citizens in tech industry in Europe (source: Eurostat)

Wonder if they will be arranging un-conferences in North Korea now

How far can the resistance to Vladimir Putin go? - important and interesting reading about Russia

Welcome, Russia! WTO member after 18 years of talks (and talks ...)

Northern lights in Finnish Lapland 2011. Very cool video (2min)! via @raesmaa

Is the Internet the “Paris” of the new millennium?

Morgan Stanley pessimistic on India - economic growth slowing down

Long and thoughtful article in the Economist on economic and societal lessons of the 1930s via @RomanStanek

94 years ago Finland declared itself independent, and stayed so largely thanks to this man:

Kepler-22b - first extrasolar planet to orbit in habitable zone of a Sun-like star - surface temp 22°C

10 surprising things that will make you live longer (Business Insider)

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