The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

 by SVATI KIRSTEN NARULA from The Atlantic Randal Olson Data wizard Randy Olson, the guy behind that astounding graph illuminating the reality of paying for college with minimum-wage work, has created another beautiful visualization: a map of racial diversity across the United States’ nearly 3,000 counties. He had been looking at these other maps depicting specific demographic densities by county: Latino…

A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy

by David Leonhardt from NYT The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science. Entering kindergarten, high-income children not only know more words and can read better than poorer children but they also have longer attention spans, better-controlled tempers and more sensitivity to other children.…

LOWE SWINGS INTO A NEW “AMAZING” ERA OF “SPIDER-MAN”

from CBR CBR News: Nick, you’re still only a few months into your new gig as editor of the Spider-Man line of titles. How does it feel to oversee the end of Otto Octavius “Superior Spider-Man” and welcome back Peter Parker’s “Amazing Spider-Man?” What’s it like moving from the X-Men office where the books are…

U.S. Births Drive Rising Hispanic Population

BY JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD AND MARK HUGO LOPEZ BY JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD AND MARK HUGO LOPEZ from Pew Research After four decades of rapid growth (Brown, 2014), the number of Latino immigrants in the U.S. reached a record 18.8 million in 2010, but has since stalled, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.1 Since 2000, the U.S.-born…

What Happens When a Driverless Car Encounters Construction

by Alexis Mardigal from The Atlantic Google It’s clear, now, that Google’s driverless cars are a real thing. Using a combination of extremely detailed maps, a quiver full of sensors, and sophisticated machine learning techniques for seeing the road, a computer-driven car can navigate most driving situations with ease. But what about the unexpected? It’s…

Are US universities choosing rich Chinese students over Asian Americans?

by Lily Kuo from Quartz An editorial in the Chinese financial magazine Caixin points out another potential obstacle for Asian Americans trying to get into college: hundreds of thousands of wealthy Chinese students that are flocking to US schools every year. +   American universities, especially elite schools, have been suspected of admitting a disproportionately low number of Asian American students given their high test scores and academic…