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Last week, we learned about what "home" means to different people and entities, and we explored the research behind what's happening in Ferguson. But, no surprise, the traffic juggernauts were stories about relationships and booze.
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Plus, some fun picks from around the Web. What we clicked on this week:
- Maps and graphics from the nascent years of political science: In 1880, the first time election results were mapped at a county level, Republicans were blue while Democrats were red. These early years of political science produced some amazing graphics like the one below showing American political parties since 1776.
- Will future Californians drink recycled waste water?: A Guardian reporter visits a waste water recycling facility. Bonus: She only barely grimaces when she tastes the crystal-clear-looking product.