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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links
80 Beats notes a recent finding that injectable hormonal birth control shots–the sort commonly used in Africa–can double the risk of HIV infection.
blogTO covers the construction of the railway overpass on Dufferin and Queen Street West in the 1880s.
GNXP refers to a study suggesting that, in the Americas, populations separated by latitude tended not to intermix, perhaps lending some support to Jared Diamond’s theory that the large areas of the Eurasian landmass which shared similar latitudes and climates gave that continent’s inhabitants the advantage over the rest.
At The Numerati, Stephen Baker argues that as computers start to learn how to make evidence-based judgements and construct rules, humans remain–are becoming more?–bound by blind ideology than ever before.
The anthropology group blog Savage Minds has an interesting examination of the dynamics of breastfeeding in Chinese society, where the extended family is so much more notable than the nuclear.
The Volokh Conspiracy’s Ilya Somin celebrates the worldwide decline of conscription as a victory for human freedom.
At Wasatch Economics, Scott Peterson notes, cartographically, that population growth in Oregon as measured by the US Census is linked strongly to the growth of that state’s Hispanic population.
Zero Geography has mapped content from Arabic Wikipedia. It turns out that the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, the Nile Valley, Israel/Palestine, and much of the Arabian peninsula has the densest coverage.