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646,152

The number of unique programs that were available to watch on TV last year, according to new data from Nielsen. The number includes programming across network broadcast TV, cable, streaming services, and all other kinds of outlets and includes past and present programs, though not individual episodes. “No, seriously. Someone counted.”

February 15, 2020
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97

The age of Chuck Yeager. The former U.S. Air Force pilot, officer and flying ace who broke the sound barrier early in the space race was born on yesterday's date in 1923. Coincidentally, NASA announced yesterday that it would open the next class of astronaut applications from March 2 to 31. Minimum requirements include U.S. citizenship, an advanced STEM degree, and at least 1,000 hours as pilot-in-command of a jet aircraft. Members of the incoming class of astronauts could be candidates who could fly missions to the International Space Station, the moon or even Mars.

February 14, 2020
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$50 million

The price that Amazon paid for the Old Chicago amusement park and megamall site, which will probably be refitted for a fulfillment or customer service center, though Amazon hasn’t yet confirmed its future function. “This land purchase in Bolingbrook provides us with the flexibility to quickly respond to our future network needs.”

February 13, 2020
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$1.4 billion

The amount that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wants its customers to pay as a reimbursement for the company’s fire-prevention work that it has done in response to extreme weather and large wildfires over the past several years. The amount would translate to increased monthly bills by about $5 or $10 for about two years for the average customer. The California Public Utilities Commission still has to respond to the utility’s request.

February 12, 2020
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4 hours, 56 minutes

The duration of British Airways Flight 112 that traveled from New York City to London, England, setting a new record for fastest subsonic transatlantic commercial flight. Due to strong winds, the plane was propelled at ground speeds of 800 miles per hour for certain periods throughout the flight. “We always prioritize safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions.”

February 11, 2020
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