Maps

Can you guess which country has the most emigrants from America?

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Blockbuster LLC, the once-ubiquitous video rental chain, will close its remaining 300 stores in the United States and end its mail DVD rental service by January 2014, parent company Dish Network Corporation said Wednesday in a press release.

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Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks states by energy efficiency, from first to fiftieth. Massachusetts took the top spot in 2013 for the third year running, while dead last went to North Dakota, which got 3.5 points out of a possible 50.

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Hearts of Darkness

The incoherence of the British Empire

Was there ever really a British Empire? Cartographers certainly wanted you to think so. Starting in the late eighteenth century, British mapmakers colored territories ruled by the British in red or more often in pink (for contrast with the typeface). At the height of Britain’s global power, imperial pink tinted a quarter of the map. Suspended on the walls of schoolrooms around the empire, the map became one of the most memorable icons of British dominance.

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If the U.S. Looked Like This Map, Romney Would Have Won

A fun, fair attempt at Electoral College reform is still deeply flawed

A fun, fair attempt at Electoral College reform is still deeply flawed.

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