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Friday links: Night lights, monsoons, and guns.

I'm going to be away on my honeymoon next week, so no blog posts (by order of the totally-has-her-priorities-in-the-right-place fiancee). I'll leave you with one extra post this week, featuring some interesting tidbits from around the web.

India's border with Pakistan utilizes enough lighting to be seen from space.

Early map of the monsoon advance (from  here ).

Early map of the monsoon advance (from here).

India's weather forecasters did a much-better-than-usual job (take that, Quartz!) of forecasting the monsoon this year. (Though it's a little hard to know whether this was luck or actual improvements in the forecasting process, as the government suggests.) Getting these forecasts right is crucial: take a look at this really neat paper by Mark Rosenzweig and Chris Udry (two of my favorite authors in development economics) at Yale for reasons why.

Planet Money featured Berkeley economist David Card on the current influx of migrants to Europe. His results from Miami in the 1980s suggest that many peoples' fears about immigrants are unfounded.

A new paper in October's AEJ:Applied has a depressing title.

Economist Ryan Briggs has a moving piece on what development means in the wake of his newborn son's illness.

Cool maps (with really ugly color schemes) about the spatial organization of cities.

Trevor Noah has three great pieces: two on guns, and another on the one and only D. Trump.

Also, the Springboks are officially moving into the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup (and Bryan Habana is now the all-time RWC leader in tries scored)!

Wednesday websites

It's been a little bit of a crazy beginning of this week - I've finally scheduled my oral exam, I have a big RA task at the moment, and I'm getting married in less than 3 weeks! All of this is contributing to a lack of a thorough, thoughtful blog post this week (but hey - as a wise friend of mine once said, "Excuses are the bricks that build the house of failure.") In lieu of an actual post, here are some things that have popped up on my internet-radar this week (if it's good enough for Chris Blattman, it's good enough for me!)

A clear, well-done video about Syrian refugees. (h/t Erin)

A fascinating National Geographic article about traveling the Congo river.

VW epically cheated on its emissions testing. Vox explains. (As does Max.)

Buzzfeed has a quiz every climate nerd will enjoy. (h/t Sol)

Enjoy!