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â–  More than 58,000 television ads on the presidential race were broadcast over the last month in Ohio. To view them all, you’d have to watch ads 24 hours a day for 80 days. Bloomberg.com

â–  Racial animosity toward minorities has grown worse in the four years since the U.S. elected its first black president, according to a scientific survey by Stanford University. In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit prejudice toward blacks, associating them with such terms as “lazy” and “violent.” In 2008, 48 percent expressed such associations. Associated Press

â–  The tiny mountain pine beetle has chewed through 40 million to 45 million acres of timber in the West and British Columbia in the last 12 years, killing about 12 percent of the forested land west of the Mississippi, and causing serious lumber shortages. Subzero winter temperatures used to kill off the beetle, but a long string of mild winters has enabled it to flourish. The Wall Street Journal

â–  In every presidential election since 1980, women have voted at a higher rate than men. In 2008, 60.4 percent of women voted, compared with 55.7 percent of men. USA Today

â–  Wikipedia has essentially finished cataloging the world’s current knowledge. With 4 million entries, the collaborative Internet encyclopedia is running out of new topics and old topics to edit. TheAtlantic.com

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