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Some news really make you feel like life is indeed a zero-sum game.

More people than ever could be helped in the United States in the previous two years due to an organ donation — which is a great development. Since 2015, all organ donations increased by roughly a third.


Because they do. And because you can’t.

With anti-vaccination sentiment running high in recent years, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the history of vaccinations has been nothing short of a phenomenal success. Looking into the history of vaccines shows how their development was not only a scientific and logistical feat, but also an exercise of the human spirit. It involved many courageous individuals facing off against extremely dangerous diseases they knew very little about at the time. Despite the apparent dangers (and also very gross details), those people basically said: not today, germs. …


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Sit back for a minute and think about this: the world has now surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which has had all of us on our toes since at least mid-February. The Chinese outbreak, which seemed really big and bad at the time only (officially) counted around 82,000 cases — just a fraction in the big scheme of things now. At the moment, half of all confirmed cases are in the U.S., Italy and Spain.

When China was getting its outbreak under control in early March, 55 percent of global…


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The global coronavirus pandemic has gravely impacted the life of people all around the globe. There are few countries that have not recorded at least one case. Even small nations in the middle of the Pacific or high up in the Himalayas have not escaped infections, showing quite dramatically the force of this pandemic on our increasingly interconnected world.


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Donald Trump was the oldest U.S. president ever to be inaugurated. All front-runners for the 2020 Democratic nomination are older than 70. It is easy to believe that U.S. presidents have been getting older. As whole countries age rapidly and longevity experts predict that we all will live to be 100 soon, surely U.S. presidents are also becoming greyer?

The short answer: No, they are not. The long answer (supported by statistical analysis): Also no.

Taking a look at all presidents’ ages at the time of their inauguration since George Washington in 1789, there is no clear trend visible to…


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Today, the U.S. Congress is more diverse than it has ever been. More than one in five voting members is part of an ethnic or racial minority. The legislative session of the United States has been growing more diverse for the fifth election in a row and minority legislators, who are also growing younger and are more often female, have been making headlines.

But there’s always two sides to a story.

When Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) announced Thursday that he wasn’t going to seek reelection in 2020, he might have lowered the number of Black Republicans in Congress from an…


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Premium wineries in the U.S. are going through a tough time they can likely only remedy by uncorking one or two of their own bottles of premium booze. They might have several left over because sales of premium wine (defined as wine from wineries with an average bottle price of 28 U.S. dollars or above) have been tanking.

The blame game is an easy one: Millennials are once again at fault, according to the Silicon Valley Bank State of the Wine Industry report, which includes the numbers. …


Out of 84 countries never visited by a sitting U.S. president, 38 are in Africa.

A total of 84 countries on Earth have never received a visit by a sitting U.S. President — while tiny islands and other remote nations are among them, some countries close to home have also never hosted a presidential visit, for example Belize, the Dominican Republic or Bolivia. And Suriname only made the list because the Air Force One ran out of gas (not a joke — read it here).

Yet, the most glaring realization of looking at a map of countries outside the focus of U.S. foreign policy is that 38 out of 84 countries without a presidential visit…

Katharina Buchholz

Data journalist with a focus on U.S. and Asia topics, covering economy, politics and everything in between.

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