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Rubik's cube (See "0.38" below)

5,000,000

The size in acres of a new preserve for giant pandas in China—more than twice the size of Yellowstone National Park.

400

The percentage increase in cases of measles in Europe from 2016 to 2017. Experts believe the rise is due to parents failing to vaccinate their children.

18

The additional minutes of sleep on average that people get per weeknight compared with 15 years ago. Scientists say it’s still not enough.

2

The number of remaining northern white rhinos—both of which are female and live in Kenya. The last male died there in March.

0.38

The time it took, in seconds, for a robot to solve a Rubik’s cube. Compare that with the fastest time for a human: 4.22 seconds.

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