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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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U.S. Soldiers Died from What?

March 28, 2012
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U.S. Soldiers Died from What?

Prior to WWII, the majority of soldiers died from disease and infection. The Invisible Enemy Often Killed You Before Your Political Enemy Imagine the scene: thousands of military men laying on cots, makeshift beds, or the floor ...

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Nordic Countries Dominate the World in Internet Penetration

March 21, 2012
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Nordic Countries Dominate the World in Internet Penetration

Something about that cold weather... The number of internet users in the Nordic countries has greatly outpaced the world by comparison. Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland - all in the elite echelon. These countries share a common ancestry -...

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March Madness! Wanna Win?

March 14, 2012
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March Madness! Wanna Win?

Description: Winning percentage of all NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Champions. Analysis: Down by one, the ball spins in his hand as he dribbles up the floor. With tennis shoes squeaking, he feints left, then right. Glancing up at the clock,...

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Airline Fares Decreasing Steadily

March 5, 2012
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Airline Fares Decreasing Steadily

Description: Yearly average airline fare since 1995. Data: http://www.bts.gov/ Analysis: When taking the average price of domestic airline fares, there is a clear trend indicating that flying is becoming more affordable - when adjusted for infl...

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Massive Increase in Ethanol Production

February 29, 2012
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Massive Increase in Ethanol Production

Description: Yearly production of Ethanol in the United States since 1980. Data: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/ Analysis: When it comes to fuel - especially for transportation - oil is king. In 2010, the United States imported 180.8 billion gallons ...

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The New York Yankees Payroll vs Everyone Else (Major League Baseball)

February 22, 2012
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The New York Yankees Payroll vs Everyone Else (Major League Baseball)

Description: Major League Baseball payrolls for all teams since 1985. The New York Yankees payroll is highlighted with results defined by the shape of the point.Data:http://www.baseball-databank.org/ Analysis: For years fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) have been crying...

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