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Humanity's Astounding Growth to 7 Billion People [Video]

There are many ways to tell the story of humanity's explosive population growth over the last 200 years, which recently culminated (sort of) in the birth of the 7 billionth child. In their video, NPR chose a series of water-filled glasses that drip water out as they are filled. The exiting drips show the births, and the fresh water entering the glasses are the births. It's an interesting and surprising look at the spread of ours species. It's also guaranteed to make you have to pee.

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The World’s Population Mapped by Latitude and Longitude

Radical cartographer and Harvard grad student Bill Rankin devised these fascinating maps, which show the sum of all population living at each degree of latitude or longitude circa 2000. As you can see above, there's quite a northerly bias: According to Rankin, roughly 88 percent of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere, with about half north of 27 degrees north.

Rankin: "Taking the northern and southern hemispheres together, on average the world’s population lives 24 degrees from the equator." Longitude map below: This time, the East wins handily.

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