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By: Allison McCann/Jennifer Daniel
[via The Atlantic Cities]
When it comes to book publishing, not all countries are created equal, as this distorted map of the world by the International Publishers Association shows. […]
As you can see, places like the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia are engorged in illustration of their strong publishing industries. Meanwhile, Africa and the Middle East are tiny slivers, meaning that the number of books published in those places is extremely low compared to the rest of the world.
[Image: International Publishers Association]
While there is a lot to complain about vis-a-vis Apple Maps, we, as Americans, should really be upset with the new iOS 6 app for what it has done to many of our nation’s most notable landmarks. When Apple showed off its new 3D functionality coming to its iPhones in June, people oohed and ahhed at being able to virtually fly through city scapes. But now that people are downloading the company’s replacement for Google Maps, which people are not happy about at all, the reality is not living up to the hype. To see what this new technology is like like, we went on a roadtrip to some of America’s most famous landmarks in iOS 6. The results are not pretty.
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Mississippi is in the most danger: if nothing changes in the next 20 years, just over two-thirds of its population would be obese, contributing to national obesity-related health-care costs of between $147 billion and $210 billion a year, and lost annual productivity to the tune of up to $580 billion.
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Protests against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims have erupted in cities from Morocco to Somalia and Pakistan to Indonesia, an agglomeration of otherwise disparate societies that we sometimes refer to as “the Muslim world.” That phrase appears today in headlines at, for example, CBS News, the U.K. Telegraph, Radio Free Europe, and many others. […]
But, looking into the severity and frequency of the protests, their occurrence doesn’t seem to correlate as directly with the presence of Muslims as the phrase “protests erupt across the Muslim world” might lead you to believe. Even if that’s generally true, we might learn a bit more by looking also at who is protesting violently and who isn’t.
In a map above, I’ve charted the violent protests in red and the protests that did not produce violence in yellow. It’s an imperfect distinction; I’ve counted the stone-throwers in Jerusalem as a violent protest but the flag-burners in Lahore as non-violent. But it gives you a somewhat more nuanced view into who is expressing anger and how they’re doing it than to just say that the “Muslim world” is protesting. To help show what “Muslim world” means, I’ve used a map (via Wikimedia) that shows countries by their share of the world Muslim population. The darker blue a country, the more Muslim individuals live there.
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As we’ve reflected on Neal Armstrong’s death and the Curiosity Rover’s arrival on Mars, I’ve found myself trying to comprehend two radically different scales: 1) the sheer immensity of our solar system and 2) the tiny scale of our actual missions to other celestial bodies.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to think in the hundreds of thousands (or millions) of miles. At a certain size, the numbers seem so large they become arbitrary.
The second scale, though, is graspable.
[Image: Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg]
As national Republicans in Tampa consider adding a ban on abortions as an official plank in their party platform — a proposal whose draft language is so severe, it doesn’t make exceptions for cases of rape or incest — liberal commentators have grown accustomed to speaking of the right’s strict stance on reproductive issues as a war on women. But it might be more accurate to say that it’s really an attack on women of a specific stripe: those from disadvantaged minorities and the poor.
Read more. [Image: Theodore Joyce, Ruoding Tan, Yuxiu Zhang]