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Significant Digits For Friday, July 13, 2018

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10 Wimbledon finals

Serena Williams defeated Julia Goerges on Thursday to reach her 10th Wimbledon final. If Williams wins Saturday against 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will tie Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. [AP]


17 straight years

For 17 straight years, since the early days of “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos,” HBO garnered the most Emmy nominations of any network. Netflix, the former DVD delivery company, broke that streak yesterday with 112 nominations, driven by “The Crown,” “Godless” and “Stranger Things.” HBO was second with 108, thanks in large part to “Game of Thrones.” [The Hollywood Reporter]


More than 1,000 researchers

Four billion years after a distant black hole erupted a “powerful jet of radiation” containing tiny and elusive neutrinos, aka “ghost particles,” sensors at the South Pole detected one of these particles. The paper describing the discovery, in the journal Science, was authored by more than 1,000 researchers. The work ushers in “a new era of astronomy,” per the Post — one in which scientists can use neutrinos and ordinary light to learn about our universe. [The Washington Post]


$6,699 laptop

Just in case you’ve got money burning holes in many of your pockets, it’s now possible to spend more of it than ever before on an Apple laptop. After yesterday’s updates, the top-shelf configuration of the MacBook Pro will set you back nearly $7,000. Alternatively, I’m @oliver-roeder on Venmo. [The Verge]


134,000 people

Despite the Trump administration’s announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was ending, more than 134,000 people have either joined or renewed their status in the program this year. DACA has provided work permits and deportation protections for certain people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. [FiveThirtyEight]


$1.35 million

Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report and the owner of Bustle and Elite Daily, won a bankruptcy auction Thursday with a reported $1.35 million bid for Gawker.com, the journalism site that was bankrupted after a lawsuit funded by billionaire Peter Thiel. Goldberg, whom The New Yorker once described as resembling “a giant six-year-old,” was a frequent subject of ridicule in the very pages of Gawker. [Reuters]


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Oliver Roeder is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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