Just days before video of NFL player Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee sparked outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling numbers on the prevalence of domestic violence:

More than 31% of women in the U.S. have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the new survey. Here’s Washington Post’s look at the stats

In South Carolina, the state’s domestic violence epidemic is particularly deadly. Read the chilling investigation from our partners at The Post and Courier for an in-depth look at the problems – and what can be done to address them.

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That’s what I call a weather map!

Remember that animated wind map of the United States from a while back? Well, now there’s one of the whole earth! You’ve got to check out the interactive site (which is updated with near current weather) because these images don’t do it justice. YOU CAN ORBIT THE EARTH! YOU CAN ZOOM! YOU CAN SEE WIND SUPERIMPOSED ON TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE AND CLOUDS. Standing ovation to developer Cameron Beccario! (and thanks to my friend Alice Anderson for giving me the heads up)

I stumbled upon an article on Yahoo! ranking the best and worst airlines. Since I traveled for the holidays and did not have the best experience on the way back, I read it to see if the airline I took was on it (it wasn’t). Included in the article was this chart. The “2013 Airline Scorecard” has 9 different airlines ranked based on 7 different operational areas, as well as an overall rank. It’s concise and easy to read. The colors make it easy to follow each airline throughout the chart. The title/heading serve as secondary assurance of how one should interpret the chart so there is no misinterpretation. While it is successful in displaying a lot of information in a simple manner, the design of it could have been improved. Adding some air between the rows and columns would make it easier on the eyes. Experimenting a little more with the title/heading would have called more attention through it.

Full article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-worst-airlines-041600845.html

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Binary Blankets by Glitch Textiles

A collection of blankets aimed at making visible the hidden data structures that give shape to everyday life. The materiality of our digital age is composed of binary data encoded on electronic devices and transmitted through the airwaves on invisible frequencies of light. As an alternative to the screen, Binary Blankets allow you experience the fabric of this otherwise invisible and intangible side of our digital world.

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Talk nerdy to me, Mr. President.

Today I was inspired by The Washington Post’s look at individual words from state of the union addresses, so I compiled GROUPS of words (for example - “doctors”, “vaccines”, “medicine” were all included for the HEALTH total) from the first Roosevelt all the way down to Obama’s speech on Tuesday. A few interesting things to look at:

  • Presidents tend to talk more about alternative fuels and climate change near the end of their presidencies. Hmmm …
  • The 1973 Oil Crisis really got those presidents talking.
  • I included global oil prices (adjusted for inflation) as a reference.
  • There’s a major shift from worrying about agriculture to worrying about health.
  • It’s been eclipsed by the Watergate scandal, but Nixon had a strong environmental record. Just look how excited he was about natural resources (clean air, water, environment) in his first year!

NOTE: I got the data from onetwothree.net. These aren’t tallies of words - they’re a normalized frequency of words (words per 10,000) so really long-winded presidents don’t rack up bigger numbers just by talking for a long time.

Women make up more than half the U.S. population, less than one fourth of U.S. House witnesses

From the Sunlight Foundation blog:

Women are underrepresented in Congress in more ways than one, a new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation finds: Of the more than 5,000 witnesses called to testify before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives during the current congressional session, fewer than one quarter have been female

Read the full story here: http://snlg.ht/1trlxOZ

Watershed Moment for Marriage Equality: Most Same-Sex Couples Can Now Marry

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By David Mendoza

The United States reached an important milestone yesterday: for the first time ever, a majority of same-sex couples can now legally marry.

Illinois became the sixteenth state to recognize same-sex marriages when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act last November. However, most same-sex couples in the Prairie State couldn’t receive a marriage license until June 1. Illinois is home to over 24,000 same-sex couples, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. These same gay and lesbian couples make up 3.9% of all such couples in the United States. And it was this 3.9% that pushed America over the half way point on the road to full marriage equality.

I explain how I reached my results and provide more context about the state of same-sex marriage in America below.

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