Will the end of China’s one-child policy shift its boy-girl ratio?
While son preference remains a strong cultural norm in China, it will be interesting to see if the loosening of the one-child policy will lead to an increasing share of baby girls in the country.
Texting while driving may be common, but it’s illegal in most states
Number of states that ban texting while driving.
The global consensus: Inequality is a major problem
One of the most striking findings from a recent Pew Research Center survey of general publics across the globe was the degree to which people see the gap between rich and poor as a major challenge. In 31 of 39 nations, half or more of those polled said inequality is a very big problem in their country.
The most narcissistic U.S. presidents
Forget Romeo and Juliet or Cleopatra and Marc Antony. At least when it comes to politics, one of the great love affairs of all time may have been between Lyndon Johnson and… himself.
Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences
Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Home values fell the most in biggest, most expensive metro areas
Number of 50 largest metro areas where median home values fell between 2007-09 and 2010-12.
Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse
The public views a number of public health problems as serious, but while prescription drug abuse does not top the list, it stands out as a problem that Americans say is getting worse.
More than 3.4M Americans trace their ancestry to the Philippines
Here’s a data portrait of the Filipino-American community, drawn from the Pew Research Center’s 2012 report on Asian Americans.
Obesity and poverty don’t always go together
Obesity in the U.S. varies considerably by gender, race, ethnicity, income and educational level, but not necessarily how you might expect.
Homeland Security is viewed favorably by Americans ahead of Jeh Johnson’s hearing
About two-thirds of Americans have a positive view of the Department of Homeland Security.