About Jenny Bleiholder

Senior GIS Specialist, Office of Safety Operations, Alabama Department of Transportation

Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity

From The New Climate Economy:

“This report provides new analysis across 479 Indian
cities – using an innovative combination of satellite
data of night-time lights, census, environmental, and
economic data – which demonstrates a clear link
between more compact, connected urban growth and
stronger economic performance in India, corroborating
global findings.”
Rashid, I thought this would be a good discussion paper for your students. — Jenny





Surprising Charts About Smoking, Unemployment And Mobile Phones

From National Public Radio by Malaka Gharib:

“Charts can seem dull. But not to data scientist Tariq Khokhar at the World Bank. When he looked through a year’s worth of charts, graphs, maps and more, he was excited by the numbers.”


The Incredible Complications of Living Atop the U.S.-Canada Border

From Atlas Obscura by Kevin Williams:

“The tough, restricted lives of the dozen people whose homes lie in both Maine and Quebec.”


Finding India’s Lost Musicians

From National Geographic by

“Photographer and filmmaker Souvid Datta traveled to his native country of India to document folk music before globalization and urban migration completely wipe the traditions from memory. We spoke with Datta about his project and India’s musical heritage.”


Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk

From NPR.org by Bill Chappell:

“A cable that’s as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit — and when it’s deployed, it’ll test an idea to knock out orbital debris. Japan’s space agency sent the electrodynamic tether into space along with supplies for the International Space Station.”


Is that a Yeti on a dashcam video in Russia?

Here’s one for all of the cryptozoology fans. — Jenny

From Fox News:

“The dashcam video, posted on Youtube, was reportedly shot in the Republic of Bashkortostan, located between the Ural mountains and the Volga River near the country’s Kazhakstan border.”