Facts & Trends

Inequality in Wealth

What's most important—and troubling— is the decades-long, systemic expansion of the economic distance between the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor, and the long, backward slide for the majority of those in-between ...
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The secrets of supermassive black holes

Astronomers have spotted the most enormous black holes ever detected, inspiring new theories about how such pockets of extreme gravity form. Together, the two objects, which are roughly 300 million light-years away, have more mass than 30 billion suns, University ...
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Casualty count

Twenty-five pilot whales beached themselves on Kice Island off southwest Florida in 2014. Sickness related to environmental problems can trigger beachings, which are on the rise ...
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WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT

Women accounted for a record 22% of legislators worldwide last year, according to the Interparliamentary Union ...
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CORAL-REEF DECLINE

Heat and acidity are also bad for coral reefs, which have declined by 40% in some areas since the 1970s.  Coral organisms reproduce just once a year, making it hard for reefs to bounce back ...
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Odds Of Being Killed At School

Yearly odds of a U.S. student being killed at school: 1 in 3 million ...
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Synchronicity

Twin sisters Erica and Tashina Ackley, 22, who found out they were pregnant on the same day, gave birth just hours apart in the same Maine hospital. “We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the ...
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Too Much Brawn, Not Enough Brains

A gang of German bank robbers trying to blow open an ATM machine used too much explosive and destroyed the entire bank.  The blast reduced the bank building in the village of Malliss to rubble and damaged cars more than ...
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Trying anything to find water

A growing numbers of drought-afflicted California farmers began hiring dowsers to locate underground water.  “Scientists don’t believe in it,” said vintner Marc Mondavi, “but I do and most of the farmers in the [Napa] Valley do.” ...
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Carbon Emissions In China

Portion of China's carbon emissions that is produced by manufacturing goods for export: 1/4 ...
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