And Baby Makes 7 Billion
A baby gestures minutes after he was born inside the pediatric unit at hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, October 21, 2011. According to Honduran health authorities, about 220,000 babies are born in Honduras each year. The world's population will reach 7 billion on October 31, according to projections by the United Nations.
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Katy, who is 37 weeks pregnant, takes part in a prenatal course in the swimming pool of the private Aquamater clinic in Caracas, Venezuela, October 1, 2011. Aquamater opened in 1999 and is the first center specializing in waterbirths in Venezuela. It aims to advise couples, who pay a fee, on techniques for breastfeeding, pain relief and different ways of giving birth.
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7 Billion Grains
Wheat is dumped into a grain truck for transport on the Stephen and Brian Vandervalk farm near Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. Wheat is the most important cereal in the world. Along with rice and maize, it accounts for about 73 percent of world cereal production. Canada is the world's third largest exporter, producing annually an average of over 24 million tons. While more people are living longer and healthier lives, says the U.N., widening gaps between rich and poor mean more people than ever are vulnerable to food and water shortages.
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Family members of Ziona (R) pose for a group photograph outside their residence in Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, October 7, 2011. Ziona is the head of a religious sect called "Chana," which allows polygamy and was founded by his father Chana in 1942. Ziona has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren. He lives in his four-story 100-room house with 181 members of his family.
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Javzansuren, 72, herds his sheep in Shivert, 150 miles northeast of Ulan Bator, October 12, 2011. Mongolia is the world's least densely populated country, with 2.7 million people spread across an area three times the size of France, two-fifths in rural areas on windswept steppes. According to a 2010 National Population Center census, every year between 30 to 40 thousand people migrate from the countryside to the capital, Ulan Bator.
Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Mothers in Waiting
Mothers wait to be admitted to give birth inside the childbirth unit at hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, October 21, 2011. The cost of having a baby delivered at the public hospital is $10.
Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters
Babies by the Bucketful
Seven babies sit in tummy tubs filled with water to cool down after a baby massage class held for young mothers in IJmuiden, about 10.3 miles north of Haarlem, in the Netherlands. The "cooling down" segment is to simulate the warmth and comfort of a womb-like environment.
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Humans In, Garbage Out
A garbage collector carries a sack as he walks atop a massive pile of garbage at the Bloemendhal dump in central Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Supreme Court ordered a suspension to dumping garbage on the landfill due to protests by local residents concerned about health issues. Municipal authorities failed to collect garbage for weeks, creating an even bigger health problem for all residents in the Sri Lankan capital, with piles of garbage piling up and rotting along roadsides.
Photo: David Gray/Reuters
Cheek to Jowl
Roman Catholic pilgrims press together while following the image of the local saint Our Lady of Nazareth as it is paraded during the annual Cirio de Nazare procession, Brazil's biggest religious festival, in the city of Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River. More than one million Catholics, many of them from communities along the Amazon River's tributaries, converged on Our Lady of Nazareth basilica to participate in the event.
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Motorists crowd at a junction during rush hour in Taipei. Around 8.8 million motorcycles and 4.8 million cars are on Taiwan's roads, and nearly all motor vehicles and inhabitants are squeezed into a third of the island's area. This results in high concentrations of polluting emissions in the places where people live and work, according to official reports.
Photo: Nicky Loh/Reuters
People Stay Older Longer
German pensioners receive help from a hospital nurse during lunchtime in a residential home for the elderly in Eichenau, near Munich.
Photo: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
Two Moms, Two Kids, Two Homes
U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, 30, who is four-months pregnant, (L) and her fiancee, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, 24, (C) prepare dinner with their daughter Destiny, 6, at their home in San Diego, California. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, which prevented U.S. military personnel from disclosing that they were gay, was abolished, but the military does not recognize same-sex marriage, and same-sex couples do not have the same benefits, or protection from being posted separately, that heterosexual married couples in the military have. Bautista is being posted to Illinois for three years. The couple plans to pass the new baby to each other every few months so she bonds with both mothers.
Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
'We Were Here Before at Least 6 Billion of You'
Marie (L) and Gabrielle (R) Vaudremer, a pair of 101-year-old Belgian twins, show a childhood picture of themselves as they celebrate their birthday at the Chateau Sous-Bois retirement home in Spa, October 2, 2011. Marie and Gabrielle were born in 1910 and are the world's oldest pair of twin sisters, according to the Guinness World Records. When the twins were born, the earth was home to only 1.75 billion humans.
Photo: Thierry Roge/Reuters
Alone in a Crowd of 7 Billion
A German man from Hamburg, who identifies himself only as Yiorgos, watches over his sheep in the village of Skafi, some 300 miles north of Athens, September 27, 2011. Skafi once had a population of about 45 families. Today it is populated by Yiorgos alone in the winter and about a dozen elderly Greeks who come in the summer. Greece's population has shrunk by more than 1 percent over the past 10 years, according to a census carried out earlier this year, bucking the trend of the past few decades.
Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
Traffic Jam on Road to Nowhere
Motorists wait in lanes of traffic heading into the United States from Mexico at the U.S. border crossing in San Ysidro, California. The task of risk management happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the U.S.-Mexican border in San Ysidro, California, with more than 13 million vehicles a year, 24 lanes of traffic and 18,000 pedestrians a day. Hundreds of customs and border protection officers use sophisticated technology to protect the busiest land border crossing in the U.S.
Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters
The People's Republic of Placemats
Parents of students sleep on mats laid out on the floor of a gymnasium inside a university campus in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province. The world's population will reach seven billion on October 31, 2011, according to projections by the United Nations. While more people are living longer and healthier lives, says the U.N., gaps between rich and poor are widening, and more people than ever are vulnerable to food insecurity and water shortages.
People hang onto an entrance of a commuter train that will transport them to Jakarta, in Depok, Indonesia's West Java province. According to PT Kereta Api Indonesia, their trains operate 300 cars each day to serve about 500,000 commuters in Jakarta. In 2007 as many as 26 people were killed due to electricity shock and from falling off the roofs of trains.
Photo: Crack Palinggi/Reuters
Recreation in a Time of Hyper Procreation
Residents crowd in a swimming pool to escape the summer heat during a hot weather spell in Daying county of Suining, Sichuan province. China was experiencing temperatures over 95 degrees Farhenheit in at least 13 provinces and regions, according to the National Meteorological Center.
Water, Water, Not Enough to Drink
Farmers take water from a tanker during a rally to protest against the anti-farmer policies by the Indian government and demanded total waiver of agricultural loans in New Delhi.
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Don't Feel Special, Kids
Newly born babies rest inside a ward at a hospital on the occasion of "World Population Day" in the northern Indian city Lucknow in this picture taken July 11, 2009. The world's population will reach 7 billion on October 31, 2011, according to projections by the United Nations, which says this global milestone presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the planet.
Photo: Pawan Kumar/Reuters
Prison Population Boom
Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years or take other steps to ease overcrowding in its prisons to prevent "needless suffering and death." California's 33 adult prisons were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates and now have about 145,000. The U.S. has more than 2 million people in state and local prisons. It has long had the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
A general view shows the crowded maternity ward of the government run Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila. The ward, the busiest in the country, sees an average of 60 births a day. The Philippines' population growth rate of around 2.0 percent is above Southeast Asia's average of around 1.7 percent, with an estimated 200 babies born every hour. Lack of a national policy on birth control and access to modern family planning methods—frowned upon by the powerful Catholic church—are factors that have led to the country's population ballooning to nearly 100 million, according to various government and private sector estimates, with the Philippines the second most populous nation in the region after Indonesia.
Photo: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters
The power plant of Kardia is seen through the once garden of a destroyed house in the village of Charavgi in the valley of Ptolemais, near the town of Kozani, some 350 miles north of Athens. According to a May 2007 WWF survey called "Dirty Thirty," the Greek Public Power Corporation's (PPC) power plants of Kardia and Agios Dimitrios are the EU's top two polluting stations. The once flourishing nearby villages of Charavgi and Kleitos have been gradually abandoned since PPC opened the two mines. The company "bought" the villages and relocated residents. The only person who now lives in Kleitos is an Indian immigrant, Jangdip Pal, 45, who works as a nightguard at the mine. And only one shepherd and his family live in Charavgi. The power plants produce 70 percent of Greece's electricity.
Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
Life's a Drag for India's Stags
A group of mostly unmarried men pose for a photograph in the remote village of Siyani, about 86 miles west of Gujarat's capital Ahmedabad. Siyani is typical of many Indian villages and may be an indicator of things to come as India's male to female ratio declines. The village has some 350 unmarried men over the age of 35—and hundreds more under 35—because there aren't enough women to marry. Many women have left to look elsewhere for grooms with more money and better prospects. Census data revealed there are 914 girls for every 1,000 boys born—a sharp fall since 2001 when the ratio was 933 girls for every 1,000 boys.
Photo: Vivek Prakash/Reuters
Bottom Line: 7 Billion's a Crowd
People cross a street in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong, October 4, 2011. Mong Kok has the highest population density in the world, with 130,000 in one square kilometer.
Photo: Bobby Yip/Reuters
GALLERY: Mental Illness at the Movies
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Sybil, a 1978 made-for-TV movie starring Joanne Woodward and Sally Field, based on the book by Flora Rheta Schreiber, brought home the harrowing inner world of a substitute teacher in New York suffering from extreme multiple personality disorder.
A new book,
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case, contends that the real-life Sybil was, in reality, little more than a borderline neurotic who faked multiple personalities to be more interesting to her therapist.
Presumed exaggerations of
Sybil aside, the cinema has a long and estimable history of uncovering the truths of mankind’s most misunderstood maladies—mental illness.
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