Population dynamics and the rise of empires in Inner Asia

From the late Bronze Age until the Middle Ages, the eastern Eurasian Steppe was home to a series of organized and highly influential nomadic empires. The Xiongnu (209 BCE — 98 CE) and Mongol (916-1125 CE) empires that bookend this period had especially large impacts on the demographics and geopolitics of Eurasia, but due to…Continue Reading

Novel population of neurons identified that control binocular eye movements in 3D space

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have discovered a previously undescribed population of neurons that help control our eyes as they view in three-dimensional space. During normal viewing, we direct our eyes between objects in the three-dimensional space many times a minute. With each change, the left and right eyes will rotate, generally in the…Continue Reading

World population likely to shrink after mid-century, forecasting major shifts in global population and economic power

Improvements in access to modern contraception and the education of girls and women are generating widespread, sustained declines in fertility, and world population will likely peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion, and then decline to about 8.8 billion by 2100 — about 2 billion lower than some previous estimates, according to a new study…Continue Reading

Is global fertility really plummeting

When the BBC reported on the results of a new study on global population in mid July, the tone was alarmist. “Jaw-dropping” declines in births were foretold, while one of the study’s authors revealed worries about his daughter’s future in light of “enormous social change”. The study by the University of Washington’sContinue Reading

Peaking population

India must prepare for the social implications of declining fertility TopicsIndia’s population | China population | Elderly population The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle is one of the leading locations for the study of population dynamics. A recent large-scale model of global population that has emerged from the institute has now…Continue Reading

The Chinese government is taking Draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is…Continue Reading


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