Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country’s future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples.
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Razib Khan again with the goods. This time with a map created by Sean Taylor of Data Science showing the geographical spread of NFL fans. A couple of interesting patterns: 1. Hawaii is full of Steelers fans.
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“As southerners, we should never allow individual interests to override our national interests. Nations are built by people through sacrifice, patriotism, and a common goal,” Kiir told legislators in Juba earlier this week. In the coming months, the question is whether he will translate these words into action.
Intel is one of the first companies to declare that the minerals used in its microprocessor silicon and packages have not been sourced from conflict zones. Intel's factories had been declared "conflict free" following a process of third-party audits and "direct validation" from Intel's supply chain managers. The electronics industry has been associated with sourcing gold, tantalum, tin, tungsten and other minerals from mines and smelters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are known to help fund militia groups and do not meet basic environmental and labor standards. Current regulations, such as the the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, require some companies to report on efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains.
“ Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback. Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils.”
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Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013. The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is an animating bubble chart linking health and wealth which you can interact with online here and download offline here.
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"Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples."
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Interactive Maps can be a great communications tool, and a powerful site feature, or they can be confusing, messy, and downright frustrating. With all of the different kinds of tools for creating interactive maps at your fingertips, we’ve pulled together some resources to help you navigate your way.
25 April 2013 - The Guardian, George Monbiot ... At least we know now. Thanks to the campaign by Friends of the Earth, Samsung has at last discovered the source of the tin it uses to make its products – including smartphones. Despite years of campaigns about the human and environmental impacts of the metals used to make electronic goods, several of the biggest manufacturers have remained in a state of convenient ignorance about the sources of their raw materials. Now, under intense public pressure, Samsung has traced some of the tin it uses to Bangka Island in Indonesia, whose mines are notorious for their great toll of human lives and ecosystems, and in particular for the fact that children work there in terrible conditions.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/25/smartphone-samsung-tin-bangka-island
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“ Retailers and food companies are in a unique position to challenge unsustainable consumption, with an opportunity to educate customers and build brand loyalty Sponsor's feature (RT @LeonKaye: Sustainable consumption: why brands should take the lead...”
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“ The Atlantic CitiesWhat March Madness Can Teach Us About the Economic Geography of SportsThe Atlantic CitiesWhat exactly can account for the dominance of small and medium sized metros generally and college towns in particular in the economic...” While it is clear that superstar athletes in the professional ranks are concentrated in the largest cities, college athletics still let's the 'Davids' compete with the 'Goliaths.' Interestingly, the largest cities don't have the highest per capita concentration of athletes but many small college towns do. Among the Top 25 cities with the highest concentration of athletes in the workforce (include scholarship athletes) we find South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame; Auburn, Alabama, home to the university that bears its name; Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State; Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech); Burlington, Vermont (University of Vermont); and Boulder, Colorado (University of Colorado).
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“ To explain recent conflicts in countries such as Syria or Sudan, observers have been quick to point their fingers at proximate causes specific to our times: the power vacuum created by the end of the Cold War offered opportunities for rebels to fill...”
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“BBC News South Sudan must resolve ethnic conflicts to be a nation at peace Washington Post 9, 2005, the Sudanese government and the southern-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed a historic peace accord that brought an end to more...”
“ Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., are so close physically and culturally that they are known as the Twin Ports. But much began to change when Minnesota government went all Democratic and Wisconsin all Republican.”
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