What The World Would Look Like If Countries Were Scaled By Population

Redditor TeaDranks has created a super-interesting cartogram in which the size of each country is apportioned according to population. Suddenly, the largest countries in the world don't look so mighty — Russia and Canada, we're looking at you. » 1/28/15 8:40am 1/28/15 8:40am

​Even World War III Won't Prevent A Population Bomb, Say Scientists

A new study concludes that strict fertility measures, such as a one-child policy, or even a mass catastrophe like a global plague or a third world war, would not have a significant effect on the human population trajectory this century. » 10/29/14 12:40pm 10/29/14 12:40pm

The World's Population Is Unlikely To Stabilize This Century

Contrary to previous projections, it now appears that the world's population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There's at least an 80% chance that between 9.6 and 12.3 billion humans will inhabit the Earth by 2100 — and much of this increase will happen in Africa. » 9/18/14 11:40am 9/18/14 11:40am

An interactive map showing how baby names spread across the US

Using US census data, creator Brian Lee Yung Rowe has developed an interactive map showing how names have grown and waned in popularity in different states since the early 1900s. » 3/03/14 7:20am 3/03/14 7:20am

What You Write On Facebook Reveals More Than You Realize

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have analyzed 700 million words and phrases from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers. The resulting word clouds show the extent to which our use of language is influenced by our personality, age, and sex. » 10/03/13 8:00am 10/03/13 8:00am

By 2100, there could be 11 billion people on the planet

According to a newly-released estimate from the UN, humanity is on track to grow to a global population of 11 billion people by the end of this century. » 6/19/13 2:50pm 6/19/13 2:50pm

The demographic science behind the 92,901 reported deaths in Syria

Today the UN released a chilling and very specific number of people who have died in Syria since violence broke out there in March 2011. 92,901 people are dead as a result of the Assad government crackdown on rebels. To get a number this exact, you need to use science. Call it the demographics of death. » 6/13/13 5:37pm 6/13/13 5:37pm

The Unintended Consequences Of China's One-child Policy

It has been 34 years since the People's Republic of China introduced their one-child policy, a population control measure that restricts the reproductive practices of married couples. But as the Chinese government continues to proclaim the policy as being a tremendous success, the one-child rule has also introduced a… » 10/03/12 9:00am 10/03/12 9:00am

The best way to slow global warming is to stop having babies

Despite the many possible technological and political solutions to global warming, one highly effective way to reduce carbon emissions is pretty straightforward: stop procreating. » 10/22/10 2:57pm 10/22/10 2:57pm