Facts & Trends

Hit By Lightning

Yearly odds of an adult being hit by lightning: 1 in 1 million ...
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things we were told to avoid

Facebook can make you unhappy. Researchers texted study participants five times a day with questions about their social-networking activity and how they felt, and found that Facebook visits directly correlated with negative emotions, such as depression and loneliness. While Facebook ...
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Fertility Drugs, Devices and Success Rate

Estimated amount spent globally on fertility drugs and devices this year: $4,054,984,000 Percentage of first-time fertility treatments that fail: 75 ...
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The Cost of Dementia

As the population ages and lives longer, dementia has become one of the country's most expensive medical conditions, with $109 billion in direct medical costs in 2010, a new RAND study found. The medical cost of dementia exceeds that of ...
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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 ...
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SANITATION

Human waste from the roughly 700 climbers who scale Mount Everest every year poses a serious health issue on the slopes, the head of Nepal’s mountaineering association warned on March 3. He urged the government to push climbers to dispose ...
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Protecting The World

25%:  Share of the world’s population that the U.S. is legally bound to defend thanks to pacts and treaties signed with over 60 countries, according to a report from the Harvard Belfer Center ...
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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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Homicide

Homicide is the leading cause of on-the-job death among women. And taxi drivers are the people most likely to be murdered while working ...
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Debt

Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 31 with credit-card and student-loan debt, respectively, in 1989: 43, 18 Today: 36, 40 ...
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