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An Animated Map of Frantic Campaign Traveling

November 2, 2012 Romney and Obama have really hopped, skipped, and turned all across the country to campaign, as you can see in this fun animated map video of their campaign travels by statistician Jerzy Wieczorek. Using data from a Washington Post interactive on campaign stops from May 29 to October 25, Wieczorek...

Video: The Daily Show goes on a mission to help vets get jobs

October 25, 2012 People in America agree on two things, Jon Stewart said last night on The Daily Show: popcorn is corn and counts as a vegetable and we should help veterans.Well, at least 85 percent of Americans think veterans' benefits are big deal. Another 14 percent would rather reduce the deficit. Who...

Hillary Clinton is tired of the 'having it all' debate

October 18, 2012 In a profile by Ayelet Waldman in Marie Claire, Hillary Clinton responded to a question about Anne-Marie Slaughter, who wrote The Atlantic's cover story on why women still can't have it all and once worked for Clinton at the State Department, with some direct words: "Some women are not comfortable...

Five things we learned from the Curiosity Rover team's Reddit AMA

August 16, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internet culture-friendly engineers and scientists at the Mars Curiosity Rover Mission took to Reddit today to do an AMA, or "ask me anything." They answered everything from nerdy technical questions about the Rover to quirkier ones that revealed the good-natured character of people working on the mission. Below, five...

How much it costs to throw an Olympics vs. go to Mars

August 9, 2012 The $2.5 billion that it cost to launch Curiosity Rover may sound like a lot, but as the Facebook group "I f**king love science" noted, that's pocket change compared to the cost of the London Olympics. "I've seen quite a few comments complaining about the cost of the Curiosity mission,...

Kenyans adopted payments by phone at a lightning pace

July 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Americans may think of themselves as early adopters when it comes to new technology, but this chart of how fast Kenya adopted mobile money, or payments by cell phone, by World Bank blogger and economist Wolfgang Fengler , shows how big a role cultural and social needs can play. According...

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