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The Map of the World if Every Country Had a Population of 100 Million

Imagine a world with countries reshaped to have an equal population with each other. Some little countries get absorbed to create one large country while other populous countries get their boundaries re-drawn and are split up into lots of different pieces (I'm looking at you China and India). Read More >>

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The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed in a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. Read More >>

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The Only Population Map You Need to Understand the World

Which countries are emerging superpowers? Which countries are in decline? This excellent infographic of population change, country by country, explains pretty much everything you need to know about what's going to happen geopolitically in the next few decades. Read More >>

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Will There Ever Be More Dead People Than Living Ones on Facebook?

Currently, there aren't many dead people on Facebook, which is largely because its user base is so young. But time marches on and death is inevitable, so will there ever be more dead than live people on the social network? Read More >>

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Here's a World Map Adjusted for Each Country's Internet Population

It's surprisingly easy for us to become so enraptured with our own comfortable microcosm that we completely lose sight of how absolutely minuscule our little corner of the net actually is. This map by the Information Geographies project at the Oxford Internet Institute should put things back into perspective. Read More >>

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Busy Busy Towns: Watch the World's Ten Biggest Cities In Motion

It's a montage of trains and temples, skyscrapers and skateboards in this lovely video, where the flowing populations and frenetic pace of the world's ten biggest cities are set to a surprisingly soothing soundtrack. Read More >>

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Here's a Map of the World Adjusted for the Population Size of Countries

If you were to redraw the map of the world according to each country's population, you would get a warped world that looked like this. Some giant countries like Canada and Australia become tiny strips and dots while other giant countries like China and India predictably inflate and take over the map. You can also see how crowded some countries are, Japan is bigger than Mexico! But at least all these countries made it on the map, Iceland and Belize didn't even have enough people to show up. Read More >>

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The Future of Food Is Insects, Apparently

As the population of the world balloons out of control, we're going to need a better, more abundant food source. Like everything else in the world, smaller is the answer, and when it comes to food, we're talking insects. How do you feel about eating bugs? Read More >>

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The Most Crowded Part of the Whole World Fits in This One Small Circle

East Asia is a crowded place. The crazy-cramped architecture of locales like Hong Kong gives you an idea. But this image posted to Reddit by valeriepieris puts that population consolidation in a whole new light. And for the most part, it seems pretty accurate. Read More >>

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The World's Population Density, Visualised

It's difficult to get a handle on the population density around the world. Fortunately, this visualisation makes it a little easier to get your head round. Read More >>

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How the Hell Did We Get to Seven Billion Humans In Just 200 Years?

In 1804 we were one billion humans in this planet. Now we are seven billion. How the hell did we grew so much is so little time? This video by National Public Radio has the answer. [NPR] Read More >>

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Who Really Is the World's 7 Billionth Person?

The world's 7 billionth person was a tiny little girl named Danica May Camacho who was born today in Manila, the Philipines, and weighed just 5.5 pounds (she was one month premature). Read More >>

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What Number Human Being Were You on Planet Earth?

Do you know where you fit in chronologically with the seven billion or so human folk running around sweet Terra? BBC has a really cool tool that lets you plug in your birthday to get an approximation of which number human you were to sprout up on the planet. Read More >>

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