Map Addict

For anyone still here, I have just started reading Map Addict by Mike Parker, all about his fascination with maps and cartography, and I would definitely recommend it.

He starts off talking about how he used to steal maps from shops as a child, and that's just the first chapter.
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Relationships among Scientific Paradigms

A visualization of science that was generated by clustering citation-based papers. As to what the image depicts, it was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms closer to one another when a physical simulation forced them all apart: thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers. Labels list common words unique to each paradigm.

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Income inequality continues to grow

Richest 1% to own more than rest of world according to a new report by the charity Oxfam.

BBC Business link.

The charity's research shows that the share of the world's wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% last year.

On current trends, Oxfam says it expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world's wealth by 2016.

The research coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

That means:

Images from NBC Nightly News coverage of this report, available here.