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A big number that poses big ethical questions

Apr 15, 2021
Grasping big numbers is a hard thing for humans to do, and that has implications for how we think about billionaires.
Jeff Bezos, seen in 2019, is currently worth $177 billion.
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Have cold medicine sales declined during the COVID-19 crisis?

Apr 8, 2021
With lockdown measures in place, that meant people were limiting their interactions with others.
Cold, flu and cough medicine sales dropped by more than 27% over the past year.
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Will economic growth always rely on population growth?

Apr 1, 2021
In theory, the ingredients of economic growth are capital and investment. In practice, not so much.
In theory, the economy can continue to grow with a stable population. In practice, not so much.
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Why don’t we use 900 numbers anymore?

Mar 25, 2021
Before the internet, we accessed information — and reached out to celebrities — by dialing a number.
In the days of landlines, you could call 900 numbers to connect with celebs.
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Why “equity” can mean “cash” in real estate and “fairness” in everyday language

Mar 11, 2021
“Equity” comes from a Latin root meaning “fair” or ”equal.” It’s legal history started in 15th century English equity courts.
Equity has multiple meanings when it comes to real estate that derive from the term "equity of redemption."
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