For the past few months, a tech billionaire has been promoting a “Six Californias” plan to break up California into, well, six states. And on Monday, he said he had collected enough signatures to put the plan up for a statewide vote in 2016. So what, exactly, does the plan entail? What are its implications? And does it have any real chance of becoming law?
For the past 40 years, fatalities from car accidents in the US have declined steadily.
But this decline hasn’t been uniform. Michael Sivak, a transportation researcher at the University of Michigan, recently analyzed the data on fatalities, population, and passenger miles traveled, and found there’s a huge variation in rates of traffic deaths on a per mile basis.
Dozens of legal pot shops in Washington can legally sell their product starting today. But whether they’ll actually have product on their shelves isn’t totally clear.
If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use. But Yahoo! researchers have come up with an approach that could change that.
People on Earth speak thousands of different languages. But given the ubiquity of some languages, like English and Mandarin, it’s easy to forget just how many there are around the planet. This map provides some great perspective.