Newsmap... visualize the headlines

I was looking through the blogs today and came across a post about a web app called Newsmap.  What is neat about this is that it...
provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.

It is pretty amazing.  At a glance you can look at similarities and differences between news headlines (pulled from Google News) from a variety of countries.  This could lead to some great discussions at school.  I think that it would be neat just to have some of these headlines up on a projected screen in the morning when students come in.  Since you can't control the news, keep an eye on it to ensure nothing inappropriate shows up (you might want to keep "entertainment" turned off). Think of it as a continually changing classroom poster... you don't even need to lead a discussion about any of the headlines for students to benefit (although if you did...)  The screenshot below (click to enlarge) shows the business headlines for Oct 30 @ 6AM EST from five English speaking countries.

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