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A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths
In 1950, there were 2.5 billion humans. Today there are just over 7 billion. In another 30 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, there will be more than 9 billion. Brad Lyon has a doctoral degree in mathematics and does software development. He wanted to make those numbers visual. "This one for world births/deaths is certainly more overwhelming than the one for the U.S.," Lyon told me, "and the rate at which they must be occurring gives another glimpse into how big the world is." That is to say, watch this and everything you're worried about today becomes nothing. "What got me interested initially," Lyon said, "was simply curiosity about what the pattern of births and deaths might be like, based on the current rates, coupled with the desire to learn more about some of the newer technologies for the web." In this case, that technology is primarily d3.js, a javascript library by New York Times graphics editor Michael Bostock.

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