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Sunday, September 15, 2013

August-September 2013 News Factoids

Verizon's device recycling program ($1 each to Hopeline anti-abuse charity)

As-of mid 2013, Netflix became the dominant streaming platform, accounting for one-third of all U.S. video streaming - double the activity on YouTube.

Iodized salt was introduced in the U.S. in 1924. A study in 2013 found that this one change in diet raised the country's collective I.Q.

  • FOUR airlines control 69 percent of domestic air travel
  • Amazon sells 27 percent of consumer books in USA, and B&N sells 16 percent
  • WalMart sells 57 percent of all groceries in USA
  • Universal Music Group controls 38 percent of the global recorded music market
  • AnheuserBusch-InBev sells 39 percent of all beer in the USA, Miller-Coors sells 26 percent

    "The last fourteen years are the driest in a century of record keeping [in the Colorado River Basin] and among the driest such periods in a thousand years of tree rings records." == U.S. Department of Interior report, August 2013

    An international team published a three-year study in the journal "Nature Climate Change" that shows marine species moving away from the tropics and toward the poles at an average of 45 miles per decade, compared to only 4 miles per decade for species on land.
    == per Earth Environmental Service, August 2013

    In a study of the effects of pesticides used in the U.S., the F.D.A says that arsenic levels in brown rice are higher than in other forms, with lowest levels in instant rice, The F.D.A. study report also says that levels of arsenic found in rice are probably not a health problem, but that consumers should 'vary their diet' just in case.
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