Five interesting facts

Published May 7 2018
Updated May 13 2018

$171.5 million

is how much drug makers spent lobbying the federal government last year, more than any other industry.

Just 36%

of Republicans last year thought free trade had been good for the United States, down from 57 percent in 2009, according to the Pew Research Center.


is the number of global volcano deaths going back to the year 1500 compiled by volcanologist Sarah K. Brown of the University of Bristol and her colleagues. The number includes fatalities from tsunamis created by a volcano.


of the genes in the human genome were already present in the first animal, which likely lived more than 650 million years ago.

13 states

use at least some voting machines that leave no paper trail of ballots cast, says the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. That makes it impossible to detect fraud.

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