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In 1858, before Standard Oil was founded, lighting a home required whale oil, which cost up to $3 a gallon, putting illumination out of reach for all but the wealthiest of households. By 1885, after Standard Oil figured out how to refine kerosene, it cost just 8 cents a gallon to brighten the night. lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy
men die on average 5 years earlier than women lzell us.movember.com Show Edit Destroy
we estimate that [Borneo's] 1973 forest area had declined by 168,493 km2 (30.2%) in 2010 lzell journals.plos.org Show Edit Destroy
In just the first month of payments, the expanded Child Tax Credit piece of the stimulus bill kept three million American children out of poverty lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy
A Harvard study of some 4 million implicit-bias tests taken between 2007 and 2016 noted a drop in several biases measured, including those related to race and sexual orientation. Bias based on body weight was the only one that increased. lzell www.theatlantic.com Show Edit Destroy
studies show that some 95 to 98 percent of attempts to lose weight fail lzell www.theatlantic.com Show Edit Destroy
Over the past 8 years, the San Francisco area has added 676,000 jobs, but only 176,000 housing units lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy
the UN added up the most recent pledges of parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement. If all 192 keep their promises, the synthesis found, the planet would still be on track to warm 2.7 degrees Celsius, or 4.9 degrees Fahrenheit, by the end of the century lzell www.theatlantic.com Show Edit Destroy
on any given day as many as 3000 migrants may be being exploited in New Zealand lzell www.stuff.co.nz Show Edit Destroy
batteries used for electric cars and buses are actually terrible for the environment lzell twitter.com Show Edit Destroy
In 2019, a second group of researchers published a more rigorous and extensive study, and its findings were even more dire. In the course of just the previous decade, grasslands in Germany had, on average, lost a third of their arthropod species and two-thirds of their arthropod biomass. (Terrestrial arthropods include spiders and centipedes in addition to insects.) In woodlands, the number of arthropod species had dropped by more than a third, and biomass by forty per cent. lzell www.newyorker.com Show Edit Destroy
There were three injury-causing shark attacks reported in Massachusetts in the entire 20th century; one, in 1936, was fatal. Since 2012, white sharks at Cape Cod have been implicated in five attacks lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy
Russia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, between 1992 and 2001 or 2002 -- this is the period of shock therapy where the actual Russian economy shrank dramatically -- during that period the total number of civil servants went from 1 million to 1.25 million lzell youtu.be Show Edit Destroy
Leaded fuel reduced the IQ of everyone born before 1990 by ~4.25% lzell twitter.com Show Edit Destroy
Jordan gets more aid from the United States than any other country except Israel and Afghanistan. lzell www.npr.org Show Edit Destroy
60 percent of independents disapprove of what Joe Biden is doing as president lzell www.foxnews.com Show Edit Destroy
A recent study in Bangladesh, which has yet to be peer-reviewed but is considered one of the most rigorous to date to tackle masking, linked wearing surgical masks with an 11.2 percent decrease in COVID-19 symptoms and antibodies, while cloth masks were associated with only a 5 percent decrease. lzell www.theatlantic.com Show Edit Destroy
Post-MLK-assassination race riots reduced Democratic vote share in surrounding counties by 2 percent, which was enough to tip the 1968 election to Nixon lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy
In 2020, women earned 82 cents to each dollar men earned lzell www.nytimes.com Show Edit Destroy

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