Facts & Trends

Advertising Revenue

From 2000 to 2013, advertising revenue for America's newspapers fell $40 billion—from $63.5 billion to $23 billion, according to a new report by the Brookings Foundation. At the same time, Google's ad revenue has soared to $57.9 billion ...
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Water, Water Everywhere

Estimated minimum gallons of water used annually to produce Coca Cola products: 8,000,000,000,000 Portion of the world’s population that amount would supply with drinking water each year: 1/4 ...
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Targeted By Hackers

Percentage of the world's 25 largest news organizations that have been targeted by state-backed hackers: 84 ...
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SEAFLOOR SCRAPING

Bottom-trawling nets, which scrape up anything in their path in pursuit of fish, have left their mark on 20 million sq. mi. (52 million sq km) of seafloor ...
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Cost of War

$6 trillion - Upper estimate of the cost to the U.S. of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ...
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It Was A Good Week For . . .

Knowing your limits, after Molly Schuyler, a 120-pound mother of four, won a Texas eating competition by wolfing down 13 pounds of steak in four minutes, 18 seconds. Schuyler said she had room for more steak but got sick of ...
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Separated at birth

Bao Lulin was always being mistaken for someone else.  People would approach her at the restaurant where she worked in Guizho, China, asking why she didn't recognize them.  This October she discovered why: Lulin had an identical twin sister from whom ...
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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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Placebo For Parkinson’s Disease

Factor by which a placebo for Parkinson’s disease is more effective when the patient is told it costs $1,500 rather than $100: 2 ...
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Percentage of Earnings In The U.S.

The top 20 percent of taxpayers—those earning $134,300 or more—account for about 84 percent of all federal income tax revenue.  When you include all federal taxes, including those on Social Security and Medicare, the top quintile's share drops to 67 ...
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