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Dying From Despair

The last article of the semester, Middle Aged White Americans Dying from Despair, was on a depressing topic, but I found the data to be so shocking that it was important to share with my class.  It also provides a possible explanation for Donald Trump’s continued popularity.  The following graphic shows US White non-Hispanic middle-aged … Continue reading

Sustainable Energy Use?

Nearing the end of the semester I assigned this article, Galactic Scale Energy, which is a great recap of exponential growth and log scales.  It comes from Tom Murphy’s blog, Do the Math (uh-oh!). The initial graphic is a beautiful display of real world data giving a near perfect fit: In this case what appears linear … Continue reading