Author Archives: Evan Comen

Countries With the Fastest Growing and Shrinking Militaries

The United States military remains the largest force on the planet. The superpower’s 2016 military expenditure of $611 billion was equivalent to approximately 36% of all global military spending. U.S. ...
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Countries Doing the Most (and Least) to Protect the Environment

Unsafe water and poor air quality were responsible for a combined 6.8 million deaths worldwide in 2013, or more than one in every 10 preventable deaths. While most of these ...
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50 Worst Product Flops of All Time

Just like success, failure is part of doing business. Entrepreneurs and large companies often take big risks, hoping for success but not always achieving it. These failures take many different ...
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America’s Highest Paying Companies

American wages vary widely, from the minimum wage to six-figure salaries, and more. Often, it is the industry, in addition to the job, that determines the level of pay. The ...
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22 Retailers Closing the Most Stores

In April, Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and announced plans to close around 400 locations. This news comes about two months after RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 ...
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The Most (and Least) Healthy Countries in the World

Many factors contribute to the health of a population, and worldwide health varies to the extreme. While most Americans are aware that these global health disparities exist, a look at ...
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10 Universities Spending Billions on R&D

U.S. universities and colleges spent a combined $68.8 billion on research and development in 2015. R&D spending is highly concentrated among the top research universities, with the top 20 schools ...
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The Least Healthy County in Every State

By many health measures, the United States, a nation of over 320 million, is an anomaly. Despite health spending approaching $10,000 per person -- which amounts to twice and even ...
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The Happiest Countries in the World

The Norwegians and the Swiss have the highest life satisfaction in the world, according to the newest edition of the Better Life Index. According to the study, published annually by ...
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Washington DC, United States landmark. National Capitol building with US flag.

15 Companies Making the Most From the Government

U.S. government federal contract spending totaled $436.9 billion in 2015, with an estimated 64% of the spending going to national defense contracts. The U.S. defense budget is by far the ...
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Best (and Worst) Paying Cities for Women

The typical woman working full time in the United States earns just 80 cents for every dollar the typical man earns. While the gender pay gap has narrowed substantially since ...
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America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

The U.S. population grew by less than 1% last year, among the slowest rates in decades. Metropolitan areas continue to grow faster than rural areas. Still, among the nation’s 381 ...
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Universities Getting the Most Money from the Federal Government

The cost of a higher education -- which can often help fund world-class research, academic instruction, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities -- is infamously high in the United States. Tuition and ...
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Retailers Closing the Most Stores

This March, for the second time in just over two years, RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has already made plans to close more than 500 stores nationwide. ...
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Best Cities for Waiters and Waitresses

Waiting tables is one of the most common occupations in the United States. There are 2.5 million waiters and waitresses nationwide, often working for low wages and customer tips. Earning ...
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