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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

June 13, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 2, "Non Factors"

Sometimes the story isn't what is a trend, but rather what is not a trend. In this second installment about body weight in the U.S., listing what doesn't seem to be contributing factors will help narrow down what might actually be the p...

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Body Weight in the United States – Part 1, "The Problem"

June 6, 2012
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Body Weight in the United States – Part 1, "The Problem"

The Problem In the United States, people are getting fatter and they are doing so at an alarming rate.So What?Being fat isn't just a social stigma - it's unhealthy in nearly every facet of life. Staying in this condition brings high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and arthritis to name...

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Global Fires, the Amazon and Humans

May 23, 2012
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Global Fires, the Amazon and Humans

Fires are natural - most of the time (click on image for larger view).Natural Global FiresMany plants and animals have evolved to depend on fires periodically occurring in certain parts of the world. This phenomenon has been occurring for...

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Global Homicide Rates by Government Type

May 16, 2012
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Global Homicide Rates by Government Type

Surprising resultsFor purposes of this article, any mention of homicide rates refers to reported homicide rates.Open vs ClosedIn mostly open countries (full democracies), the homicide rates are rather low when compared to other types of...

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The NFL: Pass or Lose

May 9, 2012
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The NFL: Pass or Lose

The rushing game is slowly disappearing.Heave That SuckerWhen it doubt, chunk the pigskin. Whether you like it or not, NFL (National Football League) teams are relying upon passing more and more. Looking at the above chart, the average p...

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Finding Earth II

May 2, 2012
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Finding Earth II

By 2030, we will have found approximately 10,000 exoplanets."If it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space." -- from the movie Contact (1997) based on the book Contact by Carl Sagan.By the year 2030, it's possible that over ten th...

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Live Longer – Choose Your Country Wisely (if you can)

April 25, 2012
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Live Longer – Choose Your Country Wisely (if you can)

Full democracy countries are the ones in which to live.This week's story could start and end with the above graph with almost no further explanation.But that wouldn't do it justice.So, like so many of the past articles on "Graph o...

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Small Countries Stablize by Exporting High-Tech

April 18, 2012
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Small Countries Stablize by Exporting High-Tech

Smaller countries lead the way.When you think of 'high-tech', which countries come to mind?What is 'High-Tech'?Before continuing, what is meant by the term 'high-tech'? As defined by the World Data Bank, high-technology exports ar...

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Flying: Boredom and Terror

April 11, 2012
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Flying: Boredom and Terror

Data represents all planes (not just commercial planes) for the United States"There are only two emotions on a plane: boredom and terror." -- Orson Welles, interview to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Times of London, 6 May 1985....

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Enjoy Low Income Tax Rates

April 4, 2012
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Enjoy Low Income Tax Rates

Tax rates were higher in the past...Joe derisively snorted at the pay stub in his hand. Crumpling it into a ball, he wound up like a baseball pitcher and fast-balled the wad of paper across the room. It bounced unsatisfyi...

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