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'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

From the dense rainforests of Papua New Guinea to the desolate Mongolian tundra, Jimmy Nelson has got used to lugging his bulky 50-year-old plate …

Papua New Guinea

KQED

When you’re hungry, do you reach for potato chips or peanuts? What about a handful of crickets? One daring entrepreneur is bucking the “yuck” factor …

Insects

The Extraordinary 30-Year Growth of the U.S. Hispanic Population

In GIFs.<p>Since 1980, the U.S. Hispanic population has grown from 14.6 million people, per the Census Bureau, to nearly 52 million as of 2011. And in that time, the geography of the demographic has expanded dramatically, too.<p>Hispanics still remain largely clustered in the Southwest and Florida: …

The Shrinking Aral Sea Has Been Reduced To A Mere Sliver

Dry conditions have caused the Aral Sea's eastern lobe to completely dry up for the first time in modern history. It was once the fourth largest lake …

Should We All Be Eating Insects To Help The Environment?

Eat crickets, not cows.<p>That's the gist of the message behind a new video titled "Should We All Be Eating Insects?" The clip, produced by AsapScience, explains why consuming insects over meat is better for the environment and, possibly, for you.<p>The video is mostly crawling with facts about the …

Three Easy Ways to Visually Compare the Sizes of States and Countries

One of the ways that I like to help students understand the size of a country or state is by showing them comparisons to states and countries with …

29 charts that explain Americans' financial lives - Vox

We like to think lots of things make us unique: where we're from, how we were raised, our tastes, our education. But for better or worse, how much money you make and how you spend that money also play huge parts in dictating what your life looks like. Below, Vox presents 29 charts showing how …

What Can Studying People From Birth to Death Teach You About Living the Good Life?

One of the most interesting books I read this year was The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark …

Horrifyingly Beautiful Photos Show The Human Cost Of China’s Massive Pollution Problem

Gritty, detailed scenes from some of China’s most polluted places will make you grateful for the air you breathe.<p><b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Photographer Souvid Datta, who took these photos, has admitted to doctoring much of his work. Creating these photos of Chinese victims of pollution, in particular, involved</i> …

How to Create Styled Google Maps

Yesterday I wrote about <b>Six of the Best Mapbox Styles</b>. Today I thought it might be interesting to look at styling maps with the Google Maps API. While …

Morgan Freeman needs just 62 seconds to inspire all of us about the future of our planet.

Did I mention we are having an #UpChat? Live from the United Nations?! Get excited!<p>How to join? All you need to do is follow @Upworthy and …

'Garbage Patch' in Pacific Grows to Hundreds of Miles

Though it’s existed for decades, the swirling collection of debris particles and trash adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is attracting renewed attention from scientists and environmental experts with the return of a research vessel that has been …

Pollution

This Is How Americans Feel About Different Energy Sources

Solar power is the most popular form of energy both in the U.S. and abroad, but Americans are more favorable toward less sustainable energy sources …

Canada’s New Rocky Mountain High

The <b>Glacier Skywalk</b> is officially open for business, debuting an awe-inspiring vantage of <b>Jasper National Park</b> in Alberta, Canada, while replacing a once dangerous pullout along the Icefields Parkway.<p>A short shuttle from the Glacier Discovery Centre delivers visitors to a cantilevered elliptical …

Map: The Most Famous Brand From Every State

The first map we've ever seen showing a Hooters next to Saks.<p>Verizon is New York. AOL is Virginia. Apple is California. Here's a map of the U.S. by each state's most famous company by where the company was founded. (Allsup's!).<p>Choosing the most famous company founded in each state seems like a …

Road Trip: Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66 and experience the ultimate all-American road trip from Illinois to California.<p>They say driving Route 66, the iconic 2,400-mile road connecting Chicago with Santa Monica, sneaks us into a bygone America, an era of neon signs and mom-and-pop diners. This waits for us, just …

RVs

Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1,000-year-old historic find | Reuters

(Reuters) - For 46 years, a canoe thought to date to the 1700s sat in the back of a display case as a minor exhibit at a small museum run by a volunteer historical group in Minnesota.<p>A dugout canoe crafted almost 1,000 years ago is seen on display at the Western Hennepin County Pioneer Association …

Made in the U.S.A.

On the outskirts of Nairobi, there’s a bright red cell-phone tower that delivers coverage to thousands of the city’s 3 million people. Inside the …

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Search for missing Malaysian plane shines spotlight on giant ocean garbage patches.<p>Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.<p><b>But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing</b> …

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.<p>The study was conducted by three …

Africa

America’s richest counties surround D.C.

<i>Map courtesy U.S. Census Bureau</i><p>The richest counties in America surround the nation’s capital, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau …

How All 50 States Got Their Names

<b>Alabama</b><p>Before Europeans landed on American shores, the upper stretches of the Alabama River in present-day Alabama used to be the home lands of a …