Justin Wolfers: “‘2.7 million children have a parent behind bars—1 in every 28 children (3.6 percent) has a parent incarcerated, up from 1 in 125 just 25 years ago. Two-thirds of these children’s parents were incarcerated for non-violent offenses.’ …That’s from a new Pew Report written by superstar sociologists Bruce Western and Becky Pettit.  These are the go-to folks for anyone trying to understand the current mass incarceration.  The full report is here and it’s summarized here.”

“Cholera death toll rises in Haiti”

BBC: “Dan Epstein, a Paho spokesman, said the organisation expected 270,000 Haitians to be infected by the disease in ‘between six months and a year’, according to modelling based on a past outbreak in Peru.”

“Fela! show is sued by biographer”

BBC: “The legal case states that Mr Moore was first approached by representatives of the production in 2007 and was offered money for the exclusive rights to his book. …But Mr Moore says his agent rejected that offer. …The production opened in July 2008 and Moore was invited in June 2009 and again in September 2009 to attend rehearsals and consult with the creators, the legal papers claim.”

“Enough Oxygen for Life Found Millions of Years Too Early”

Lisa Grossman: “Parnell also hinted that the results could have implications for sulfur-eating bacteria on other planets like Mars, although because he has another paper in preparation, he didn’t want to go into very much detail.”

“Savings Account Reaches African Nations”

Visual Economics: “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The MasterCard Foundation provided funds to create satellite bank branch offices and mobile banks so that the residents of Malawi have better access to their financial institutions. Today, 605,051 African customers have a savings account. According to Dennis Ripley, who is the senior vice president of international business development with Opportunity International, ‘Traditionally, financial services have been inaccessible in rural areas, where the majority of Africans live, because this group is often viewed by financial institutions as unprofitable and high risk.’”