New maps illustrate stark racial segregation in Brazil’s cities

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A new series of maps and infographics depict the geography and racial distribution of Rio de Janeiro and other cities in Brazil. The maps were developed by São Paulo geography student Hugo Nicolau Barbosa de Gusmão, who drew inspiration from similar maps of racial segregation in…

Visualizing gun deaths: Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world

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Whenever a mass shooting occurs, a debate about gun violence ensues. An often-cited counter to the point about the United States’ high rates of gun homicides is that people in other countries kill one another at the same rate using different types of weapons. It’s not…

Holiday gift giving: But Mom didn’t want a goat

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Various charitable organizations believe they have the perfect last-minute gift ideas – ‘symbolic gifts’ such as soccer balls, clean water or a flock of chicks, purchased online, let you print colorful cards from home, or even have an ecard sent directly to your intended recipient (“I…

Climate change: Economists agree it’s time for a plan to stop warming

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A survey of 365 climate economics experts shows that there is consensus around the need slow climate change because of its long-term negative effects. And they agreed that some sort of carbon-pricing plan is needed to create incentives to reduce emissions and investments in low- or no-carbon…

The Afghan boy who stole Lionel Messi’s heart – and ours

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Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old boy living in Afghanistan, wanted to emulate his soccer hero, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. At Murtaza’s request, his older brother Homayoun used a blue and white striped plastic bag and fashioned it into a jersey with the name Messi across the…