Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

5 key takeaways on global views of the U.S. and China

A new Pew Research Center survey finds widespread opposition around the world to U.S. eavesdropping. Still, America’s overall image remains mostly positive. Here are five key takeaways.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

5 facts about the French

Ah, la France. The land of wine, cheese, romance and abundant vacation time… right?

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

While the U.S. continues to address the international fallout from the National Security Agency revelations, a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reveals a different kind of wiretapping: a list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to listen to phone communications as part of criminal investigations throughout 2013.

Fact Tank Jul. 14, 2014

Despite recent shootings, Chicago nowhere near U.S. ‘murder capital’

The biggest cities, such as Chicago, tend to have the most murders, but when population is factored in smaller cities tend to have the highest murder rates.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where engineering and English majors end up working

A new Census Bureau data visualization depicts the relationships between undergraduate majors and types of occupations.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

Which six countries hold half the world’s population?

As of this month, the world’s population is now 7.2 billion, according to the United Nations, which celebrates World Population Day today. Interestingly, half of the people around the globe (3.6 billion) live in just six countries: China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.

Fact Tank Jul. 11, 2014

5 facts about alternative weeklies

This week’s 37th annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia comes at a time of challenge and turmoil in the “alt weekly” world. Here are 5 facts about trends in the industry.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2014

A look at the damage governments inflict on religious property

Though religious property damage by governments were most common in the Middle East-North Africa region, instances have occured in every region of the world.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2014

5 key takeaways from our census of statehouse reporters

To inform citizens about what is happening in America’s 50 statehouses, there are currently 1,592 journalists assigned to cover their workings, according to a new Pew Research report.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2014

Americans, especially young adults, back strong economic ties with China

About half of Americans (51%) say it is more important to build a stronger relationship with China on economic issues, while 41% say it is more important to get tougher with China.