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Calling All Heathens

Are there more Norse in Australia than in Sweden?

That’s what the results of the Worldwide Heathen Census show so far. There are also more self-described “heathens” in Brazil than in Sweden.

Curious. Brazil is a country that many Nazis moved to after World War II – a fact made famous by the novel The [...]

School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to [...]

No Strong Link Between Population Growth And Religious Identity

An important insight from the combination of the American Religious Identification Survey and the 2010 Census is that it’s not safe to predict trends in population from state to state according to prevalence of Christianity. [...]

New 2009 Census Data: Income Down for the Poor, Down for the Middle Class, Up for the Rich in the USA

(All dollar figures below in 2009 dollars, adjusted for inflation)

New figures on Americans’ household income in 2009 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today divide the U.S. population into quintiles, fifths of the population ordered by their income. Data show that the four lowest quintiles in the U.S. population — those earning $100,000 or [...]

Republicans Promote Pistol-Packing Census-Counted Zygotes

“You’ll get my gun when you pry it out of my cold, dead cell membrane!”

Is this going to be the new motto of the National Rifle Association? It may be if Rep. Paul Broun gets his way. The member of Congress from Georgia has been joined by 55 of his fellow House Republicans in [...]

Mammals Nearly As Threatened As Amphibians

We’re used to thinking about the peril the world’s amphibian species are in. However, we mammals aren’t that much better off. [...]

Most Christian States Are Least Wealthy

Those states that have the highest percentage of Christian residents have the lowest median income. These statistics contradict the hypothesis underlying the preachers of the Prosperity Gospel. [...]

Watch the World Population Clock

The world’s population increased by 800 just in the time it took me to write this short article. [...]

Poverty in Ohio University Towns: Is it the Students?

Earlier this week, WOSU radio reported on new Census figures for poverty in the Ohio towns of Oxford and Athens. The angle at WOSU was to express surprise that the two communities had such high poverty rates (49.3% and 52.3% of individuals respectively), even though they were built around large, stable universities. If even these [...]

Pictures Of Two Different Deeps

Two projects of deep scientific study release news this week, looking deep into the Earth’s seas and higher than ever before into the sky. [...]