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What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island. US gun violence kills more people than Boko Haram, and 10 other facts to consider after San Bernardino. Another day, another mass shooting in the United States of America.

US gun violence kills more people than Boko Haram, and 10 other facts to consider after San Bernardino

Tragically, this is a sentence I can write almost every single day in the US and be accurate. The violence that killed 14 people in San Bernardino yesterday, was the 353rd mass shooting in the US this year. That basically guarantees a tragic stat, that there will likely be more mass shootings than there are days in 2015. On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying. Photo Another day, another ghastly shooting in America.

On Guns, We’re Not Even Trying

So far this year, the United States has averaged more than one mass shooting a day, according to the ShootingTracker website, counting cases of four or more people shot. And now we have the attack on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed at least 14 people. It’s too soon to know exactly what happened in San Bernardino, but just in the last four years, more people have died in the United States from guns (including suicides and accidents) than Americans have died in the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. They Are Us. Photo Desperate refugees flee persecution and war, but American politicians — worried about security risks — refuse to accept them.

They Are Us

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS. Imagine a group of people who rape.

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS

Enslave. Maim. Murder. The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees. Migrants wait to register at a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on Monday.

The Islamic State wants you to hate refugees

(Darko Vojinovic/AP) Fastcoexist. When she's asked about home, five-year-old Lamar remembers what she left behind in her bedroom in Baghdad, like a toy train and some dolls.

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After a bomb fell near her family's house, they fled Iraq, and eventually made it from Turkey to Europe on a rubber dinghy. Now, while her family tries to find a new home, she's sleeping on a thin blanket in the woods in Serbia. Fastcoexist. For Carl Sagan, seeing Voyager 1’s faraway portrait of Earth—humanity’s "pale blue dot"—was a reminder to live with a sense of perspective.

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Does that resonate with you? Now you can find out: NASA is offering a daily dose of this kind of perspective, courtesy of NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)—-the nation’s first operational satellite in deep space launched in February. In the slideshow above, you can see a recent week’s worth of images of the Earth taken by its camera, which is positioned between the Earth and the Sun, a million miles away from our planet’s surface. In October, NASA set up a website where anyone can go to view a sequence of daily images that show the Earth’s full rotation. The official mission of the satellite is to serve as America’s primary warning system for solar magnetic storms and as a collector of solar wind data.

According to NASA, DSCOVR is in orbit in a unique location between the sun and Earth that is a "gravity neutral. " Fastcoexist. Science has made huge progress in improving the productivity of plants.

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Through breeding to increase the edible parts of crops, planting in new arrangements, and by developing new fertilizers and pesticides, scientists have helped feed ever more people. The Green Revolution in the 1950s and '60s doubled and quadrupled yields of wheat, rice, and other crops around the world, and we've seen productivity increases ever since.

The question now is how science continues to make improvements as the global population grows, and demand for food keeps rising. We will need 70% more calories globally by midcentury, according to U.N. estimates. Stephen Long, a plant scientist at the University of Illinois, says techniques developed during the Green Revolution are hitting their limits. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State?

What ISIS Really Wants

Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. Diplomats From Iran, U.S., And Other Nations Discuss Crisis In Syria. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, center left, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center right, meet with foreign ministers for talks on Syria at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Friday.

Diplomats From Iran, U.S., And Other Nations Discuss Crisis In Syria

Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption itoggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AP UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, center left, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center right, meet with foreign ministers for talks on Syria at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Friday. FullSizeRender. FullSizeRender 3. FullSizeRender 2. FullSizeRender 1.

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FullSizeRender 3. Between the Lines. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map may be worth a million. USAID Open Environmental Information Hub for Southeast Asia. California's accumulated precipitation “deficit” from 2012 to 2014 shown as a percent change from the 17-year average based on TRMM multi-satellite observations. Credits: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor.

In an average year, 20 to 50 percent of California's precipitation comes from relatively few, but extreme events called atmospheric rivers that move from over the Pacific Ocean to the California coast. NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive. The world's hardest geography quiz. European Countries -Game Level One. How GPS Works. How Ingenious Fake Elephant Tusks Helped Track The Illegal Ivory Trade. When Bryan Christy, an investigative journalist for National Geographic, wanted to dive into the ivory trade—finding out what happens to the tusks from the 30,000 African elephants that are killed each year—he realized that he wouldn't be able to safely follow the tusks as they traveled from warload to warload in places like South Sudan.

So he came up with an ingenious solution: a fake tusk implanted with custom GPS. Videos, articles, and tips to help you succeed, from the world's leading experts. How Does Google Maps Work? What the World Eats. Tapped the Movie - official site. With A Few Simple Changes, Denmark Is Radically Reducing Its Food Waste. Someone living in Chicago throws out around two and a half times more food—around 273 pounds a year—than someone in Copenhagen. What makes Danes so much better than Americans at actually eating the food they buy? A recent report from the Danish government found that food waste has dropped 25% in Denmark over the last five years. Are we prepared for an aging population? China Announces End To One-Child Policy.

China announced Thursday it is officially ending its one-child policy. Population & migration. Who Was The First To Try To Manipulate Birthrates? Not China! : Goats and Soda. France is willing to give money to families that have more babies. EU Ministers Call Emergency Meeting To Discuss Migrant Crisis. Seeking a Fair Distribution of Refugees in Europe. Fastcoexist. Why we've decided to call it Europe's refugee crisis - Voices - The Independent. Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe. I had just dropped my son off at daycare when I opened Twitter and came across a photo that over the next 24 hours would become a totem of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, and the blight that is the Syrian civil war.

The big myth about refugees. This map helps explain why some European countries reject refugees, and others love them. European Union Approves Quota System To Relocate 120,000 Refugees. Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories. Life in the shadows. Global Refugee Crisis on Pinterest. These 5 Facts Explain Europe’s Deadly Migrants Crisis. Refugees and Displaced People. Refugee Stories - UNHCR. Europe's Migrant Crisis. Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum? Refugees. Immigrant Advocates Report Abuses At ICE Facilities, Call The Agency 'Complicit' Obama Increases Number of Syrian Refugees for U.S. Resettlement to 10,000. German volunteers launch 'Airbnb for refugees' Where Are the Syrian Refugees? - Factpod #17.

1066 - Old English. Ethnologue. The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today. Endangered Languages Project. Mapping the origin of Indo-European. Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali. World of Rivers. Video Retrieved From GoPro Balloon That Soared to Nearly 100,000 Feet. Fastcoexist.

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