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The gold in Olympic gold, and more

An Olympic gold medal is now just 1.34 percent gold.

The gold in Olympic gold
An Olympic gold medal is now just 1.34 percent gold. At current prices, a solid gold medal would cost about $25,000 to make, with a total bill of $40 million for the Games. The last time the Olympics handed out pure gold medals was at the 1912 Stockholm Games.
Forbes.com

Foreign student enrollment jumps
About 723,000 foreign students were enrolled in U.S. universities in the 2010–11 school year—a 32 percent jump from 2001, when security fears after 9/11 greatly reduced the number of foreign students. The number of Saudi Arabian students went from 1,000 in 2004 to 66,000.
The Wall Street Journal

Shortfall of doctors predicted
Partly as a result of President Obama’s health-care law, the country will have an estimated 62,900 fewer doctors than needed in 2015, when 30 million Americans will join the ranks of those with some form of insurance, said the Association of American Medical Colleges. The shortfall in doctors will more than double by 2025, as expanded coverage and the aging of baby boomers drives up demand for care.
The New York Times

Concealed-weapons permits in Florida
Florida will soon become the first state in the nation with more than 1 million concealed-weapons permits. About 80 percent of those with permits to carry weapons are men, and most are middle-aged. The state is issuing up to 15,000 new permits every month.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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