October 2013

Women and the Nobel Prize

Since 1901, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 846 different individuals for their achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and fostering peace. We wonder: What percentage of the recipients are women?

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CEOs and the Rest of Us

In 2012, the highest-paid CEO in the United States was Oracle’s Larry Ellison. He received about $96.2 million in total compensation. We wonder: How many times larger is the average CEO’s compensation compared to the average worker’s wages?

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The House of Unrepresentatives

The U.S. Congress was unable to pass a budget — one of its primary Constitutional obligations — to keep the federal government open past September 30, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. While 800,000 federal workers were furloughed without pay, Congress itself is unlikely to feel the pinch financially. We wonder: Of the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, how many are millionaires?

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