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Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s loss

Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s loss | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton's campaign manager does. And he has a point.
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Elections matter. So do demographics. Read what political scientists tell us about how Trump won the past elections.
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‘We are poorer for the things you are looking at in these pictures’

‘We are poorer for the things you are looking at in these pictures’ | Human Geography | Scoop.it
A photographer travels the globe visiting defunct cold war sites.
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The specter of nuclear war is not yet a fearsome relic of the past, but the sites in these photos are.  These images show how political conflict and ideology can leave a fascinating, and disturbing, mark on the physical landscape. The locations of these sites is often a product of their relative location to places like military installations or borders.
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Suburbs seeking transit look for ways to keep residents from being priced out

Suburbs seeking transit look for ways to keep residents from being priced out | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Affordable housing becomes more scarce in suburbs growing around new transit stations.
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The ebb and flow of economic forces determine the fates of cities. Often, public policy choices like where to locate metro stations can have both positive and negative impacts on people.
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Black households make more money than white ones in these seven counties

Black households make more money than white ones in these seven counties | Human Geography | Scoop.it
These communities are exception. Since the recession, the income gap between black and white households has worsened.
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Geographers look for "trends" and "anomalies" in data to explain how the world is. This article shows an anomaly in black vs. white earning power in the US.
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How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country

How the Election Revealed the Divide Between City and Country | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The 2016 election exposed a chasm between urban and non-urban America that will likely widen under a Trump administration.
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Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue

Race Is a Social Construct, Scientists Argue | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Racial categories are weak proxies for genetic diversity and need to be phased out 
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Although demographers use the term "race" to denote people common ancestry, the way it is most commonly used in our society is more of a social construct than a biological descriptor.

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The bizarre world of bitcoin ‘mining’ finds a new home in Tibet

The bizarre world of bitcoin ‘mining’ finds a new home in Tibet | Human Geography | Scoop.it
From utopian dreams to Chinese ‘domination’: the strange evolution of bitcoin, the world’s leading digital currency.
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The location of this bitcoin "mine" is related to several geographic factors.
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Here's each US state's most important international trading partner

Here's each US state's most important international trading partner | Human Geography | Scoop.it
A lot of states export a lot of stuff to Canada.
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Tornado Town, USA

Tornado Town, USA | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Wikimedia / Getty Images / AP May 26, 2016 at 7:00 AM Tornado Town, USA Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just ba…
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From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides

From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides | Human Geography | Scoop.it
From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides
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Migration is a type of relocation diffusion that results in the spread of culture. The stories of these women and their families is an interesting part of American history.
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The stunning geographic divide in American creativity

The stunning geographic divide in American creativity | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Where America's most creative people live.
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Can the U.S. Control the Forces of Globalization? A Lesson From a Tiny Town

Can the U.S. Control the Forces of Globalization? A Lesson From a Tiny Town | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Even the most remote-seeming corners of America can find themselves in the middle of quick-moving global trends.
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Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies

Contamination Threatens One of the World’s Biggest Freshwater Supplies | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Scientists find high salt and arsenic concentrations in an aquifer that 750 million people rely on for drinking water and irrigation.
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The Supreme Court Tackles The Political Riddle Of Race-Based Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court Tackles The Political Riddle Of Race-Based Gerrymandering | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Every 10 years, after the census is complete, legislators in statehouses across the country embark on a time-honored tradition: remapping the boundaries of thei…
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These cases may have large and long-term consequences for how political power is divided in the US.
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Researchers may have ‘found’ many of China’s 30 million missing girls

Researchers may have ‘found’ many of China’s 30 million missing girls | Human Geography | Scoop.it
New study suggests the births of many girls may have gone unregistered.
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Here is an interesting -- an optimistic -- story about demographics.
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India's 1st Monorail Opens in Mumbai to Much Fanfare and Doubt

India's 1st Monorail Opens in Mumbai to Much Fanfare and Doubt | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Mumbai’s development agency touted the much-delayed monorail as a solution to the city’s notorious traffic congestion, but urban transportation experts say the $431 million project is not likely to be worth it.
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The Alphabet That Will Save a People From Disappearing

The Alphabet That Will Save a People From Disappearing | Human Geography | Scoop.it
As kids, two Guinean brothers invented a new script for their native language. Now they’re trying to get it on every smartphone.
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This is a fascinating story about how people are trying to preserve Fulani, a large but increasingly threatened African language.
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A giant reservoir that supplies a California county’s drinking water is nearly empty

A giant reservoir that supplies a California county’s drinking water is nearly empty | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Experts say Lake Cachuma will go dry in January if the state’s historic drought continues.
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As a kid I used to have picnics at this lake. It is a beautiful spot in the arid, rolling hills of Central California. Without irrigation water it will still be beautiful, but it will not be habitable or economically productive.
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People settled Australia’s rugged interior surprisingly early

People settled Australia’s rugged interior surprisingly early | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Ancient colonists Down Under crossed the continent not long after arriving around 50,000 years ago.
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Aboriginal people of Australia are considered by many to be the world's oldest surviving culture. Whether that is an accurate statement or not is up for some debate, but evidence like this certainly helps make the case.
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How the Islamic State is using scorched earth tactics as it retreats

How the Islamic State is using scorched earth tactics as it retreats | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Satellite imagery of the current operations by Iraqi forces to retake Mosul, reveal how the Islamic State, can inflict damage even when they are on the run.
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The exceptional human toll behind the battery in your smartphone

The exceptional human toll behind the battery in your smartphone | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Workers, including children, labor in harsh and dangerous conditions to meet the world’s soaring demand for cobalt, a mineral essential to powering electric vehicles, laptops, and smartphones, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.
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The human and environmental toll of technological consumption is immense.
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A reminder of the permanent wars: Dozens of U.S. airstrikes in six countries

A reminder of the permanent wars: Dozens of U.S. airstrikes in six countries | Human Geography | Scoop.it
The startling flurry of attacks over Labor Day weekend highlights the endurance of militant threats.
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White women are dying faster all over America — but what about where you live?

White women are dying faster all over America — but what about where you live? | Human Geography | Scoop.it
Across the country, middle-aged white women are dying at staggeringly higher rates, but the trend isn’t universal. See how death rates in your county have changed.
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The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migration

The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migration | Human Geography | Scoop.it

When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being felt
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