Facts & Trends

The Less You Have, The More You Give

In 2011, the poorest 20 percent of Americans gave 3.2 percent of their income to charity.  The wealthiest 20 percent were far stingier, donating just 1.3 percent.  Researchers say those with less to share may have "higher empathy" because they're ...
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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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Marijuana Related Tweets

Percentage of marijuana-related tweets that support use of the drug: 77 ...
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The Cost of Pot Legalization

$1.4 Billion - Projected annual revenue Mexican drug cartels stand to lose because of pot legalization in Colorado and Washington State ...
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Mapping human emotions

When you're angry, your face, head, and arms grow hot When you're depressed, a cold numbness grips your head and arms. Love triggers a warm glow throughout your upper body, especially around your heart. Human emotions, a new study has ...
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Inequality in Wealth

What's most important—and troubling— is the decades-long, systemic expansion of the economic distance between the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor, and the long, backward slide for the majority of those in-between ...
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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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European Social Welfare Programs Expenditure

Portion of the global expenditure on social-welfare programs that is spent on Europeans: 1/2 ...
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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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Left On A Plane

A survey of 700 flight attendants revealed that among the items air passengers have left on planes are a live parrot, a box of dried fish, a toupee, hand-cuffs, and a glass eye ...
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