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  • (U.S. Census)

    The National Archives released the full results of the 1940 census online today, and the Census put together some intriguing full-page graphics to illustrate how the country has changed over the past 70 years. Two visuals jumped out at us as intriguing: Above, the image shows the huge increase in the percentage of the population that has a college degree, and below, the graphic shows the way the workforce has transformed since 1940. The manufacturing and agriculture sectors shrank as education and health services grew. Check out more of the graphics here.

    (U.S. Census)

    Update: This post has been updated to credit the U.S. Census for the graphics.

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    George Zimmerman's father told Orlando television station WOFL that Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son, then beat him before he shot and killed the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.

    "It's my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him," Robert Zimmerman told WOFL. "Martin said something to the effect of, 'You're going to die now' or 'You're going to die tonight.' He continued to beat George. At some point, George pulled his pistol. Did what he did."

    "He was punched in the nose. His nose was broken," the 64-year-old Zimmerman continued. "He was knocked to the concrete. Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him. In the face. In his nose, hitting his head on the concrete."

    Only a shadow of the elder Zimmerman's face is shown in the televised interview because of fears for his and his 28-year-old son's safety.

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    The comments came on the same day a surveillance video, taken at police headquarters the night of the killing, was broadcast by ABC News.

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  • Technician Marie McLane holds a data-transmitting weather balloon at the U.S. National Science Foundation's Summit Station, atop the Greenland ice sheet. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Conservatives, particularly those with college educations, have become dramatically more skeptical of science over the past four decades, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review. Fewer than 35 percent of conservatives say they have a "great deal" of trust in the scientific community now, compared to nearly half in 1974.

    "The scientific community ... has been concerned about this growing distrust in the public with science. And what I found in the study is basically that's really not the problem. The growing distrust of science is entirely focused in two groups—conservatives and people who frequently attend church," says the study's author, University of North Carolina postdoctoral fellow Gordon Gauchat.

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    In fact, in 1974, people who identified as conservatives were among the most confident in science as an institution, with liberals trailing slightly behind, and moderates bringing up the rear. Liberals have remained fairly steady in their opinion of the scientific community over the interim, while conservative trust in science has plummeted.

    Interestingly, the most educated conservatives have led that charge. Conservatives with college degrees began distrusting science earlier and more forcefully than other conservatives, upending assumptions that less educated people on the whole are more distrustful of science.

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