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Potato per capita in Africa

Rwanda has the highest population density in Africa — and also the highest potato density (i.e. kg of potatoes produced per person). As a staple crop, potatoes are nutritionally superior to grains, in that they contain vitamin C, iron, and protein. … Continue reading

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Where are what we eat

I came across this intriguing image while working on a paper describing American food habits. According to an article in Business Insider, a General Mills executive showed the image above in a slide presentation describing American spending habits at Supermarkets, … Continue reading

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Just three countries produce half of the world’s total carbon emissions. They need to forge an agreement.

The latest IPCC report makes it completely clear that the world must reduce its carbon emissions. How can this be achieved? Every year the UN hosts a climate change conference that is meant to lead to an international agreement to curb carbon emissions. The 19th such … Continue reading

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Japan Age Sex Pyramids 1950-2010

Watch the oldest population in the world take shape. Japanese demographic data from UN Population Division

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A strong relationship between temperature and mortality

I collated 2012 data from NOAA for the average monthly temperature in the lower 48, and from the CDC for the monthly crude death rate. I find it quite amazing to see how strong a correlation there is between these two … Continue reading

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A morpheme’s menagerie

While wandering through an etymological wormhole I came across Ware’s 1760 “A New General English Dictionary: Peculiarly Calculated for the Use and Improvement of Such as are Unacquainted with the Learned Languages”. I like the lexical company that anthropology keeps … Continue reading

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Sting Operation Demonstrates the Value of Journal Impact Factors

The recent sting operation carried out by  John Bohannan of Science focuses needed attention on the shadiest practices of academic publishing. As described in his great article, Bohannan submitted a faked cancer study, riddled with errors, to 314 open access journals. … Continue reading

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