The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way.
Strange maps may be found hiding in antique atlases or down some of the internet’s more obscure cul-de-sacs . But sometimes, curious cartography greets you on your very doorstep, hand-delivered by servants of the commonwealth.
“Pundits and industry insiders expect smart cities to become a sizable market, with projections of nearly $40 billion spent on smart-cities technologies by 2016. (...) smart cities will in the future be attractive to the educated work force and will therefore become real-estate gold.”
It was just over two centuries ago that the global population was 1 billion — in 1804. But better medicine and improved agriculture resulted in higher life expectancy for children, dramatically increasing the world population, especially in the West.