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Infographic: Literacy around the world

For Literacy Day, the United Nations made an infographic looking at literacy statistics around the world. Education is listed again and again as one of the top ways to reduce poverty. Although the literacy rate has been increasing globally, it looks rather grim in some developing nations. If you’re one of the lucky 84% of…

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Infographic: Evolution of riot gear

Most of us have seen the pictures of the riots from Ferguson, Missouri this past weekend. One of the most startling aspects of the riots (besides seeing the amount of destruction) is the way the police look in contrast to the protesters. It’s hard reconciling the fact that the authoritarian government looking sort are not…

Facebook + Peer Pressure = Voting

Researchers are using Facebook. Not just for posting pictures and playing Farmville though. They’re using the social networking giant for social experiments. And in a very interesting study they discovered that a single Facebook message can encourage Americans to vote. The experiment in question was on a congressional election day in 2010. On that day,…

Fox news lies about employment rates (again)

In a turn of events that will shock no one, “fair and balanced” news source, Fox News, was discovered to be using incorrect data on a graphic during one of its regular news shows. The image in question reported that unemployment in 2009 was 7.8% and that in 2012 it was now 14.7%. It’s a…