Katie Long is an associate producer for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

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The numbers for July 31, 2013: 1s and 50s

50

The percent of 18-24-year-old TV and computer users that look at Facebook during primetime hours, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Bloomberg)

1st

According to astrophysicist Jason Steffen at the University of Illinois, the best order to board an airplane is to fill the window seats first. (PopSci)

150

As in Ford's F-150 will now be available to run on compressed natural gas. (USA Today)

The numbers for July 30, 2013: 30 for 30

30 percent

Researchers at Yale have found 30 percent of mothers have difficulty affording diapers, a family staple which is largely left out of government assistance programs. (CBS News)

30 years

Three duets between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson recorded in 1983 are set to be released this fall, two years after producers secured access from the Jackson estate. (Hollywood Reporter)

30 minutes

What's wrong with finishing a game of Monopoly in 30 minutes? Nothing, according to Hasbro. To condense the game from a meal to a snack, the toymaker eliminated jail. (Marketplace)

20 for 30

The older you get, the wiser you get? Maybe. But here's 20 tips 20-somethings can give to 30-somethings. (Marketplace)

The numbers for July 26, 2013: Today's billions

$3.7 billion

The amount of money Mark Zuckerberg made yesterday -- in a single day -- when Facebook stock went up 30 percent. (Forbes)

$8.2 billion

The amount video game maker Activision (famous for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft) is paying its parent company Vivendi to become wholly independent. (Bloomberg)

$10 billion
The amount of money the government wants SAC Capital to forfeit in what it regards as ill-gotten gains. Catch up on hedge fund SAC Capital's insider trading charges with our Whiteboard Explainer. (Marketplace Whiteboard)

Goodbye, Mitt: Remembering Jason Sudeikis' biz bits

Comedian Jason Sudeikis is leaving "Saturday Night Live." He spoofed Mitt Romney during the businessman's presidential run and also lampooned other business leaders, too.
Posted In: satire, comedy, Entertainment

The numbers for July 25, 2013: Brits and bookstores

Six tenths

More good news for the U.K., the latest numbers show its economy grew more quickly than expected from April to June, at a rate of 0.6 percent. (The Independent)

10 pounds

Under pressure to diversify, the Bank of England has unveiled a new 10 pound note with an engraving of Jane Austen. Britain's finance minister took to social media with a pun he had all worked out: the move, he tweeted, showed "sense and sensibility." He should have said: "Pence and Cent-sibility." (BBC)

40 percent
The chocolate effect. According to research published in The Journal of Environmental Psychology, people are more likely to buy books if they smell chocolate. Researchers found sales of food, drink and romance books ticked up by 40 percent amid the aroma of cocoa. ()

10 things Apple could buy with its cash stockpile

Apple has got a lot of cash -- $146 billion. That's enough to buy 10 Mark Zuckerbergs or treat cancer in the U.S. for over a year.
Posted In: apple, Detroit, Dell

The numbers for July 23, 2013: Surprising discoveries

23 and 69

The ages when we, humans, are at our happiest, in general, according to a new survey from the London School of Economics. (Time)

$100 billion

The estimated annual cost of cyber crime to the U.S. economy. Sounds big, but the figure is actually one-tenth of previous estimates (Marketplace)

No. 1

Luanda, Angola, ranks as the most expensive city in the world for ex-patriots. The country is Africa's second largest oil exporter these days and that cash is driving up prices. (Telegraph)

Tuition snapshot: Parents, high-income families paying less for college

According to a new report from student loan servicer Sallie Mae, parents are shelling out less money for their kid's college tuition. Before you break out the champagne, let's explore those numbers.
Posted In: higher education, student loans, student debt, Tuition

The numbers for July 22, 2013: Heat breaks

82 degrees

The current temperature outside Marketplace's New York bureau. After a week of sweltering 90 degree weather, the low 80's are good news by us. (Weather.com)

61 percent

The proportion of Americans who plan to work during their summer vacation. That's up sharply from 52 percent last year. (LAT)

1,000

The number of people who have drunk another person's distilled sweat using a new machine made by developers in Sweden. Yes, that's right, the machine takes sweat from soggy clothes and turns it into drinkable water -- which is allegedly cleaner that Sweden's local tap water. (BBC)

19 million

And now to a different kind of heat. 19 million households in the UK will reportedly have to opt in or out of online pornography access. It's part of a new effort by Prime Minister David Cameron to clean up, or cool off, the Internet. (The Sun)

The numbers for July 19, 2013: Dates and times

2014

FIFA announced today that soccer fans will have to pay $90 to see World Cup games in Brazil in 2010. The price -- which has been the subject of protests in Brazil -- is $10 more than in 2010 in South Africa. (FIFA)

5 a.m.

Wall Streeters are making deals at workout classes rather than white table cloth power lunches. "John Abularrage, head of Tullett Prebon Plc’s Americas unit, takes clients to 5 a.m. sessions at Barry’s Bootcamp in Tribeca, where they run on treadmills and lift weights to thumping dance music," reports Bloomberg. (Bloomberg)

2012

The U.S. Air Force spent a total of $9 billion on fuel in 2012. Now they are turning to our feathered friends to lower their costs: The agency has commissioned a multi-year program to study geese that fly in V-formation. "Vortex surfing" like a goose could cut in-flight fuel consumption by 20 percent in military aircraft. (Foreign Policy)

   

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