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Significant Digits For Monday, June 1, 2015

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10 percent

Some parts of Europe and Asia are seeing a rise in crime among seniors. In London, arrests of people 65 and older were up 10 percent from March 2009 to March 2014; in South Korea, crimes committed by people in that age group rose 12.2 percent from 2011 to 2013; and in Japan, crimes by people over 65 more than doubled from 2003 to 2013. The U.S. doesn’t appear to be experiencing this trend. [Bloomberg]

34 robotics engineers

Uber raided the Carnegie Mellon robotics center for its own lab, luring away six principal investigators and 34 engineers and leaving one of the world’s top robotics research institutions understaffed. [The Wall Street Journal

$40 for 4 weeks

A startup has realized a whole new level of human laziness, offering to bring users’ garbage cans to the curb for the low price of $10 per week (four to six cans). [TrashDay]

385

That’s how many people have been fatally shot by police officers in the United States in the first five months of 2015, about two killings per day, according to a Washington Post analysis. [The Washington Post]

77 to 17

The Senate voted to take up the USA Freedom Act, which would stop an NSA program that collects telephone data in bulk. [The Guardian]

$200,000

You’re supposed to recycle old electronics, but there’s probably an exception to be made for valuable vintage computers from the halcyon days of Silicon Valley. A recycling center received an original Apple I computer worth $200,000 from a mystery woman, and it’s trying to track the do-gooder down. [CBS San Francisco]

$10 million per year

NBC is in a bit of a pickle. It is trying to find a way to keep Brian Williams, who was suspended from his job at “NBC Nightly News” after questions were raised about his retellings of incidents that took place when he was reporting on the Iraq War. One option apparently being considered is to give Williams, whose current contract is reportedly worth $10 million per year over five years, a new role. [CNN Money]

$20.2 million

The value of Social Security benefits that were paid to suspected former Nazis and others who may have participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities. The payments were made to the more than 130 people between 1962 and 2015. [The Associated Press]

$400 million

The budget shortfall that Kansas is looking forward to next fiscal year, and with not a lot left to cut in the state budget, the GOP-controlled legislature may have to do the unspeakable: raise some taxes. [The New York Times]

$4.9 billion

The estimated amount of government subsidies that companies owned by Elon Musk — Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity — have reaped. [Los Angeles Times]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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