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April 20, 2005

New in search

Factbites ( is a new search tool that works more on the content of what you are seeking than whether the site the information can be found at is popular. It aims to provide contextual results so you'll see your search terms in a sentence on the site rather than just as isolated words. It uses a lot of encyclopaedias as sources so you get snapshots of topics. Once you have results, you are offered further categories to try as well to narrow things down.
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April 19, 2005

Real lives

While we worry about what computer game addiction and childhood obesity are doing to Australian kids, many, many children around the world are struggling simply to stay alive. The three big threats to millions of children are poverty, armed conflict and HIV/AIDS. Same as last year, and then there was the tsunami. The State of the World's Children 2005 ( has the lowdown on the problems and what is being done to deal with them. Answer: not enough. Around 10. 6 million kids died last year before reaching their fifth birthday. The report has a statistical tool, photographs and real life stories, not all of them grim.
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April 05, 2005

Numbers game

Colombia has the most murders per capita, with Russia no. 5. Australia isn't in the top 25 - hey, sometimes it's good to be last. We're 19th in the richest list, with the US at no. 2. We're no. 3 in most educated, and the US is a mere 14th - weak stuff. Bangladesh is the most corrupt and South Africa the most trigger happy. Plan your travel accordingly. These stats and more on hundreds of topics are at NationMaster Sources for the figures include the CIA World Factbook, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and the OECD. It's comprehensive, graphic and regularly updated. Good stuff.
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