A look at some factors that common knowledge says should be associated with gun violence, but statistics don't back up
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Here is a study that looks at correlations between firearm deaths and a variety of psychological, economic, social, and political characteristics of states. This of course is correlations not causation. So there are could be other contributing factors but still a good read and something to think about.
Cancer is often considered a disease of affluence, but about 70% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Explore this interactive map to learn about some cancers that disproportionately affect poorer countries.
With this interactive map, users can explore cancers that disproportionately affect poorer countries. How do these spatial distributions correlate with other developmental, consumption or economic patterns? What surpises you about this data?
This video from the Jewish Voice for Peace has a more politically motivated angle than most of the resources that I post on this site, but I feel that they do justice to both sides as well as the truth. In a simple way it lays out the roots of many of the problems in the region with historic and geographic perspectives.
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.
This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions. What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet? 12 feet? 25 feet? The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection."
See how much voter groups have shifted in the 2012 exit polls, compared to 2008. Early numbers are preliminary and may change significantly until midday Wednesday, when poll results are finalized.
The 2012 election mostly went as predicted (given Virginia and Florida's voting pattern, I'd invite you to re-think the "Where Does the South Begin" or at least to contextualize the political and cultural implications for the defining the vernacular region of "the South"). I'm sure we've all seen the electoral college map, but this great graphic shows the demographic groups voting patterns that produced that map.
TED Talks In the ongoing debate about globalization, what's been missing is the voices of workers -- the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world.
Our collective understanding of modern industrialization and globalization needs to go beyond the binary of "oppressors" and "victims." This lecture explores the voices and lives of Chinese workers that we so often simply see as simply victims of a system, but are full of ambition and agency.
Nielsen Prizm is a tool used by companies to analyze their customers spending habits, lifestyle choices and spatial patterns. Using their Zip Code Look Up feature, you can search any zip code to g...
This is an interesting glimpse into how market research analysts view neighborhoods, geography and spatial analysis. This economic and cultural data has a wide range of uses (albeit with some serious limitations).
This is more for the teachers than the students since this is most certainly not a current pop culture reference. Still, what's better than an interactive map displaying the locations where Johnny Cash has been while listening to him sing "I've Been Everywhere?" (Tech support: Use Google Chrome or Safari to play and ignore the finger).
This article is funny because we were always worried about illegal immigrants entering the U.S from Mexico, and look at it now, Mexicans don’t even want to come to the U.S because they say they are better off staying in Mexico. I never even knew this; that the migration were decreasing as well. But I can relate to this; I have some family members in Portugal, and they don’t want to move here for a better life, they’d rather just stay in Portugal. The U.S isn’t really attractive to people because we are enforcing such rules!!! Well, this is what the U.S wants, to stop illegal immigrants from coming; well, we are getting that because Mexicans don’t want to come!! Also, there hasn’t been much childbirth, so that is a major factor because there are less people, and that will lead to less people trying to get into the U.S. Since education and employment have expanded in Mexico, there really is no need for Mexicans to enter the U.S. They will be better off there!! It is also much more dangerous to enter the U.S now because we have many officials guarding the border. The U.S just doesn’t look like the dreamland anymore; besides, if Mexico has more there now, then they can stay there!! In my opinion, the U.S isn’t a dreamland anymore and the economy has gone downhill!!
An in-depth, multimedia look at climate change, its global impact, and efforts to combat it.
This guide on climate change from the Council on Foreign Relations (independent think tank) covers many of the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues that confront the Earth as global temperatures rise. Rather than produce a full length feature film, they have organized the this as an interactive video, allowing the user to get short (a couple of minutes) answer to specific questions about the science, foreign policy or economic ramifications of adapting to climate change.
As immigration levels from Mexico have plunged, the number of new arrivals from Asia has increased.
Don't listen to the election year rhetoric about immigration policies if you want to understand the shifting demographic profile of immigrants entering the United States. For years now, immigration from Latin America has been at incredibly low levels mainly from 1) limited job market in the U.S. (weakening the pull factor), 2) increased deportation (weakening the pull factor) and 3) a sharp drop in Mexican birth rates (weakening the push factor). What other push and pull factors are influences this change in the demographic profile of migrants? Considering that Asian migrants are more highly educated that the rest of the American population (and Hispanics have less education than the general U.S. population), how will this change the labor market within the different sectors of the economy?
It is possible in many cities to identify zones with a particular type of land use - eg a residential zone. Often these zones have developed due to a combination of economic and social factors. In some cases planners may have tried to separate out some land uses, eg an airport is separated from a large housing estate.
The concentric and sector models in one news article? The BBC is showing once again the possibilities available if only the United States taught more geography in the schools.
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