Facts & Trends

HUMAN VS. MACHINE

44%: Percentage of U.S. firms since 2008 that have reduced their head counts in part because of automation ...

Not Becoming A Statistic

Trameka Pope has a lot to be proud of.  The 19-year-old was homeless as a child and had a daughter right before she entered ninth grade, but next week she'll graduate as valedictorian of Chicago's Wendell Phillips Academy High School ...

Outsmarting the NSA

Russia’s secret service ordered dozens of electric typewriters, saying that recent revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s online surveillance program made them distrust computer communications ...

Permanent Job

75% - Percentage of workers worldwide who do not have a permanent job, according to the International Labor Organization. Global unemployment reached an estimated 201 million in 2014; most people work without a contract or are self-employed ...

Army Qualification

Just 30 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 are eligible to become soldiers, according to the U.S. Army. The remaining 70 percent of young people are either too obese or are disqualified because they have a criminal history or ...

A very green thumb

A Florida man with a "moral opposition" to trimming the plants, grass, and weeds in his yard has racked up over $130,000 in fines.  Neighbors complain that Sean Law's unkempt lawn is an eyesore that's driving down property values, but ...

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 ...

Bad week for:

Self-awareness, after Donald Trump attacked conservative pundits George Will, Jonah Goldberg, and Stephen Hayes for mocking his Republican presidential candidacy, calling them “boring” and “dumb as a rock” and their publications “dying.”  Said Trump: “The weakness of conservatives is that ...

DANGER ZONES FOR DISEASE

Save the Children ranked 72 developing countries by the strength of their health systems and found that many fell below the nations worst hit by Ebola. Here are the five most vulnerable: 1 - Somalia 2 - Chad 3 - ...

British Woman Skis Unaided Across Antarctica

A British woman has become the first person to ski across Antarctica without the help of kites, machines, or dogs.  Felicity Aston, 34, completed the 1,084-mile journey in 59 days, battling through the frozen wastes in temperatures as low as ...