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Significant Digits For Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 6 minutes Aggregate amount of sunshine Moscow recorded in the entire month of December, the lowest ever. [NPR] $130,000 The Wall Street Journal has uncovered a paper trail linking President Donald Trump’s lawyer to a $130,000 payment to an adult film […]

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 35 years Saudi Arabia has lifted its 35-year ban on commercial movie theaters, and the Saudi government anticipates 300 theaters by 2030. Last week saw a number of screenings for the public, and they’ve wasted no time in catching up with […]

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Significant Digits For Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 words Number of words that most of earth has for “tea,” the other being “chai.” Talk to essentially any human and say those two words and they’ll catch your meaning. The universal nature of those two words is partially due […]

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 6 trains per hour There are two 107-year-old train tunnels connecting Penn Station in New York to New Jersey. Right now, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit can run 24 trains an hour through those tunnels. Those two tunnels are decaying, and […]

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 13 districts That’s the number of congressional districts in the state of North Carolina, of which 10 seats are held by Republicans. This is a striking majority given the actual apparent lean of the state — President Trump took only 49.8 […]

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 candidates Republicans in New York appear to be in a moderately dire position. In one week, they’ve lost two gubernatorial candidates to run against Andrew Cuomo and are searching for an answer. Some free advice to the local GOP: If […]

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Significant Digits For Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 29 percent Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber, will sell about 29 percent of his stake in the company to SoftBank for about $1.4 billion. Kalanick owns about 10 percent of Uber. [Bloomberg] 525 titles The Weinstein Company is nearing […]

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Significant Digits For Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 4 percent There were 1,223 directors on 1,100 films released from 2007 to 2017. Women accounted for only 4 percent of them. Only 5.2 percent of the directors were African-American. [Annenberg Inclusion Initiative] 7 stores Macy’s announced it will shut down […]

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 0.34 percent A weird star — Tabby’s Star — was thought to have some dimming patterns that could have been evidence of extraterrestrial infrastructure … but which astronomers now say is probably just cosmic dust. Tabby’s Star, made public in 2015, […]

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $349 In the final two months of 2017, the price of the cryptocurrency monero quadrupled in value to $349, and is up a further 7 percent this year. It grew faster than the top cryptocurrency, bitcoin, which is saying something. Criminals […]

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2.5 percent The 2017 box office will have netted somewhere in the ballpark of $11.1 billion, about 2.5 percent below the amount for a record-setting 2016. Several promising titles based on brand names or existing intellectual property flopped last year — […]

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Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Heads up: Per tradition, we’re taking off the week between Christmas and New Years. Happy Holidays! 5 trademarks Vince McMahon has sold $100 million worth of WWE stock to fund a company called Alpha Entertainment LLC. Alpha Entertainment, meanwhile, recently filed […]

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Heads up: Per tradition, we’re taking off the week between Christmas and New Years. Happy Holidays! 0 votes Remember that decisive statehouse election in Virginia that had been decided by a single vote? More intrigue has happened! A court ruled an […]

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1 vote It appears that Democrat Shelly Simonds, after a laborious recount, has won the election to serve as the next representative of Virginia’s 94th House District. Republican David Yancey had led by 10 votes going into the recount, but when […]

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 8,500 firefighters More than 8,500 firefighters have battled the Thomas wildfire in Southern California — the largest mobilization to fight a wildfire in state history. The effort has cost $130 million and forced 104,607 people to leave their homes. And officials […]

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Significant Digits For Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2 percent An economic collapse that began in 2014 has led to staggering problems across Venezuela. Malnutrition is a huge one. And while the government has been suppressing data about the extent of the problem, a 2015 report showed the mortality […]

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Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 3 to 2 vote In a 3 to 2 vote, the conservative faction of the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove consumer protections that forbid internet providers from limiting or prioritizing traffic to different websites and made it harder to put […]

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Significant Digits For Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1.5 percent The Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 1.5 percent, the third rate hike this year. This will have a downstream effect, raising rates on credit cards, mortgages and other loans. But it’s a sign the Fed is confident in […]

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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 49.9 percent-48.4 percent Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore with 49.9 percent of the vote to Moore’s 48.4 percent in the Alabama special U.S. Senate election for the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. [FiveThirtyEight] 18 jets Canada […]

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Significant Digits For Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Anywhere from +9 to -10 Tonight we’ll have a live blog devoted to a special election in an off-year in a typically one-party state that is competitive due to both national trends as well as a sex scandal. And polls of […]