I browsed through Vox.com’s archive after not having visited the site for a while, and they do have some good material (in addition to a fair amount that I do not find that attractive). Here is some of the recent stuff I liked best:
- This is why alcohol doesn’t come with nutrition facts. Alcohol is under a separate regulatory body that is presumably more susceptible to industry pressure. Related: How parents dole out sugary drink to their kids. Depressing.
- How cyclists, not drivers, first fought to pave US roads. In the 1890s and early 1900s, before the car’s time, it was early cyclists who had the most need for paved roads in stead of dirt roads. And these were not fitness types, but rather early technology adopters, who later were the first to switch to cars.
- The great invention gap between rich and poor kids — and why it matters. Based on research by Bell, Chetty, Jaravel, Petkova, and van Reenen that is so interesting that it should get its own blog post. Key sentence: “Patent rates grow exponentially with childhood income.”
- Google Feud turns Google autocomplete into a soul-crushing game. Silly and funny.
- Everything you need to know about marijuana legislation (focussed on the US)
- The Census predicts the share of immigrants will surge over the next 50 years. Because of birth rate dynamics; in the US.
- 22 maps and charts that will surprise you