Facts & Trends

Watch Your Step in Naples

The almost-bankrupt Italian city of Naples began DNA-testing dog feces on its poop-covered sidewalks, so it can prosecute residents who don’t pick up.  “I know some people find it funny that with all the problems the city has, we would focus ...
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IS CLIMATE CHANGE LARGELY THE RESULT OF HUMAN ACTIVITY?

The pollster Ipsos MORI put the question to people in 20 countries. Here’s a sampling of how many said yes: ...
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Girls Outperform Boys

Percentage of countries worldwide in which girls outperform boys in academic   achievement: 70 ...
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Deprivation

"Women deprived of the company of men pine; men deprived of the company of women become stupid." - Anton Chekhov ...
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GLACIAL RETREATS IN ANTARCTICA

British teams of scientists, using satellite tracking, have found that 10.7% of glaciers in Antarctica are starting to retreat at an alarming rate of speed.  Much faster than had been expected for average melts.  The warm water from the oceans ...
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Class of 1943 Finally Hold Their Prom

A Connecticut high school class who had their prom cancelled by World War II in 1943, are finally dusting off their dancing shoes and holding the event  - 70 years on. James Hillhouse High School's class of 1943 never got ...
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Marijuana Related Tweets

Percentage of marijuana-related tweets that support use of the drug: 77 ...
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Earthquakes In Oklahoma

Percentage change since 2008 in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma registering magnitude three or higher: +5,400 ...
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Weight of Turkeys

Percentage increase since 1960 in the average weight of a farm-raised U.S. turkey: 72 ...
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Girls Forced To Fight For Boko Haram

One year after Boko Haram abducted 276 Christian teenage girls from a northern Nigerian boarding school, authorities are no closer to finding them—and more have been taken. Amnesty International said this week that the Islamist group has captured at least 2,000 ...
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