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Monthly Archive:: October 2011

UN Report: World’s population to hit 7 billion Today

The United Nations is set to release its UN Population Fund report that highlights the population numbers on our planet. The report suggests that the Earth’s population will hit seven billion by Oct. 31.

Global population levels have been a serious issue for many. With depleting resources, an increase in poverty numbers and a high demand for commodities, some are putting forth population control ideas.
According to demographers, the world population first hit one billion in the year 1804. 123 years later, the global number of human inhabitants reached two billion. By 1959, the number hit three billion, four billion in 1974, five billion 13 years later and then six billion just 11 years later.

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The Infinity Room

With this immersive installation, French artist Serge Salat invites visitors to take a journey through endless layers of space, decked out with cubic shapes, panels of mirrors, shifting lights and music. “Beyond Infinity” is a multi-sensory, multimedia experience that blends Eastern Chinese with Western Renaissance.


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Google Giving More Data and Transparency Around Government Requests

Google has updated its Government Requests tool with a lot more data, specifically the number of government requests and the exact amount of users or accounts requested. Thanks to TheWeazmeister for the link.

Today we’re updating the Government Requests tool with numbers for requests that we received from January to June 2011. For the first time, we’re not only disclosing the number of requests for user data, but we’re showing the number of users or accounts that are specified in those requests too. We also recently released the raw data behind the requests. Interested developers and researchers can now take this data and revisualize it in different ways, or mash it up with information from other organizations to test and draw up new hypotheses about government behaviors online.

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