Facts & Trends

AIR TRAVEL

THE PROBLEM Flight delays, a large share of which are caused by weather, cost the U.S. economy $31 billion annually. Regulators have been slow to approve technology that could provide pilots access to weather data. THE INNOVATION Mobile technology can ...
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Lying Through Their Teeth

"The worlds largest oil rig exploded and sank off Brazil. The company said the environmental impact would be minimal, partly because of the isolated location, and partly because they re lying through their teeth." - Jon Stewart ...
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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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SLAVES AMONG US

Nearly 30 million people worldwide are exploited and treated as property. These victims—adults and children—are forced to work, marry, serve in wars or provide sex ...
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HOW HAPPY ARE YOU?

Gallup ranked 143 countries by how great a share of respondents said they had recently had positive experiences such as laughter or enjoyment. A sampling, from greatest to least: 1 - Paraguay 8 - Costa Rica 15 - U.S. 134 ...
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Amount of Police Charged With A Crime In Fatal Shootings

There have been thousands of fatal shootings by police since 2005, yet only 54 officers were ever charged with a crime, according to an analysis of official records.  Of those charged, just 11 were convicted or plead guilty ...
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Giving Away Guns For Jesus

The Kentucky Baptist Convention started giving away free steak dinners and guns to encourage “unchurched young rednecks” to come to church and accept Jesus.  “Can you picture Jesus giving away guns?” asked one disapproving pastor ...
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Great Art

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum is already home to an artist’s rendition of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” made from burned toast, and now comes a recent version by Laura Bell of Roscommon, MI — da Vinci’s masterpiece made ...
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Online education

Police arrested a New Hampshire man who posted 35 videos on YouTube explaining how to grow marijuana at home.  Kyle Berry didn’t appear in the videos, but authorities said his reflection could be seen in one of the tutorials.  “He’s ...
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Prevented From Voting

Percentage of black Americans in the South who are prevented from voting because they have been convicted of a felony: 13 ...
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