Facts & Trends

Assault Weapon Deaths

Of the approximately 11,000 people murdered with guns in the U.S. in 2012, just 322 were killed by an assault weapon or any kind of rifle.The vast majority of killers used handguns ...
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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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Hackers In China

A cybersecurity firm has traced scores of attacks on U.S. corporate and government computers to a single building in Shanghai. The security firm, Mandiant, found that the attacks originated in a 12-story building known as the headquarters of People’s Liberation ...
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High School Dropouts

Portion of high-school dropouts who say they left school to work: 1/4 Portion of those dropouts who earn less than $10,000 per year: 3/5 ...
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Jobs Held By Humans

Portion of U.S. jobs held by humans today that are at high risk of being automated by 2024: 1/2 ...
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Cremation

For every deceased person who is buried, four are now cremated ...
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Change In The Number Of Overweight People

Percentage change in the number of overweight people in the developing world since 1980: +261 ...
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The Danger of Annual Checkups

Visiting your doctor for an annual physical examination might actually have a negative impact on your health, WebMD.com reports. Danish researchers analyzed studies involving 183,000 patients and found that those who received regular checkups were no less likely to die ...
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Homicide rates, by country

Rate per 100,000 people in 2012 Honduras - 90.4 Venezuela - 53.7 Colombia - 30.8 Brazil - 25.2 Mexico - 21.5 U.S. - 4.7 ...
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7 GOOD REASONS TO BEFRIEND A SHARK

If nightmares about Jaws are keeping you from taking a dip in the ocean, relax. You're much less appetizing than you think. 11: U.S. fatalities from sharks, 1990-2006 16: U.S. fatalities from collapsing sand holes, 1990-2006 1 in 310,733: Odds of dying in a fireworks accident 1 in 3,750,000: Odds of dying in a shark ...
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