Video Of The Day: 15 Years Of Terror

See the chilling terrorism timeline of the last 15 years as an animated map.

Efforts to combat terrorism were ratcheted up further than ever after the attacks in Paris last month, predictably resulting in actions like renewed airstrikes and reformatted immigration policies. But terrorism isn’t a new problem, and it’s not only a problem for the Western world – it’s been an increasingly large problem for most of the world year after year. A video by Milan Vuckovic, a German freelance graphic designer, shows the global scale of terrorism.

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Graph Of The Day: See Your State’s Economy Compared To That Of A Foreign Country

Countries Gdp To States

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Among the world’s 196 countries, the United States has the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, most U.S. states’ own economies are comparable to those of other countries.

For example, California’s economic output is equivalent to that of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world. Texas’ economic output is equivalent to Canada’s, the tenth largest in the world. Each of these large (both in population and land mass) states have multiple cities with astounding GDPs of their own, but they aren’t the only ones who can stand toe-to-toe with entire countries. Even the smaller states, like North Dakota and Vermont, have economies equivalent in size to well-established countries around the world.

This map of the United States uses national GDP data from the International Monetary Fund and state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to visually convey just how large each state’s GDP is compared to the nations of the world.

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Graph Of The Day: How Much The Biggest Cities Contribute To America’s GDP

Where The Money Is

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Economic contribution as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) across major U.S. cities is about as lopsided as the country’s distribution of wealth overall. According to 2014 statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the top 20 metropolitan areas represented more than 52 percent of the total country’s GDP.

GDP is a broad quantitative measure of a nation’s total economic activity. The number represents the total monetary value of all the new goods and services produced in an area, but it does have its faults: Since GDP only measures money flowing through the economy, money saving measures or secondhand, off-the-books purchases aren’t recorded. The number also doesn’t reflect equity among people within the measured area, only the total amount of money.

Despite those flaws, GDP is one of the most useful tools a country has to gauge how healthy its economy is. Going by the above map, showing that the majority of America’s economic activity skews towards just a handful of large cities (whose own wealth distribution is equally lopsided amongst their residents), maybe “healthy” isn’t the right word.

25 Ancient Maps That Make Modern Ones Look Very Boring

Ancient Maps Heart Earth

Maps weren’t always sourced from the likes of Google or Apple. In fact, maps weren’t even always printed on paper. Whether etched into brass, carved into tomb ceilings, or drawn onto deerskins, ancient maps show us not merely how different our ancestors’ technology and knowledge were, but how differently they saw the world.

Sure, the ancients knew little or nothing of the New World and thought there was a massive southern continent there to balance out the lands of the north. And sure, even if the ancients were aware of the whole globe, they didn’t have the tools to accurately survey it. But the differences between modern maps and ancient maps are far deeper than that.

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