"Oh God, you broke me and cut me to pieces," his father wrote in his diary on March 1842 when his son George died. By then Thomas was dead, as were Francis and Benjamin. And James, Maria and Anne should follow. The English politician William Brownlow and his wife had 19 children, only six of them survived.
Population: the world is getting better
A German scientist depicts reality in diagrams. His realization: We are better than we think.