Facts & Trends

Oscar Romero on path to sainthood

Pope Francis has declared Oscar Romero a martyr of the faith, paving the way for the murdered Salvadoran archbishop to be beatified, a step toward sainthood.  A right-wing death squad executed Romero in a hospital chapel in 1980 while he ...
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A bad year for bees

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious scourge that has been killing off honeybees since 2005, has suddenly become a lot more deadly. This past winter, as many as half of all hives succumbed to the disorder—up from one third annually in ...
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Marijuana Related Tweets

Percentage of marijuana-related tweets that support use of the drug: 77 ...
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Coping with rejection

Gerald and Lily Chow of Hong Kong sued Mark Zimny, a college admissions consultant and former Harvard professor, when their two sons didn’t get into an Ivy League university.  The Chows say they gave Zimny more than $2 million to ...
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Secret Santa

An anonymous "Secret Santa" traveled to New Jersey and New York last week to hand out $100 bills to people who'd lost their homes and possessions in Hurricane Sandy.  The Kansas City, Mo., businessman spent a day in Elizabeth, N.J., and ...
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Automation

47%: Share of U.S. jobs that are at high risk of becoming automated in the next 20 years, according to Oxford University research ...
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Love and Hunger

Number of reported cases in the past decade of an Antarctic fur seal having sex with a king penguin: 4 Then eating it: 1 ...
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SEABED MINING

Fifteen years ago, there was little resource exploitation on the ocean floor.  Now 460,000 sq. mi. (1.2 million sq km) of sea bottom is under contract to mining operations ...
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A marathon a day keeps the doctor away

Annette Fredskov, of Naestved, Denmark, ran 26.2 miles every day for a year, despite having multiple sclerosis. She marked the anniversary of her daily feat with a double marathon two weeks ago, running over 52 miles in just over 10 ...
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Risky Professions

One in six roofers suffers an injury each year. The least risky profession: Legal services ...
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