The Week In Numbers: Big Tails, Deep Dives, And More

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176,000: the number of business stories the AP is now able to produce in a year, using its new, no-human-needed, story-writing software.

887: combined horsepower of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, a hybrid sports car.

Porsche 918

Courtesy Porsche

17.6 teslas: the strength of a magnetic field recently trapped in a thumb-size bar of superconducting material. This is the strongest magnetic field ever trapped in a superconductor. Maglev trains, anyone?

A Puck of Superconducting Material Levitates Over a Permanent Magnet

University of Cambridge

7 times: magnitude increase in the number of wind turbines in the U.S. since 1992. Experts think a renewable-energy tax credit drove this buildup. They're now worried that if Congress does not renew the credit, progress will slow.

**14: **the number of types of non-lethal weapons the U.S. Office of Naval Research sought in a recent call for contracts.

130 percent: mass of a tufted ground squirrel's tail, in relation to its body. This is the greatest tail-to-body ratio for any known mammal. Local hunters report the squirrel species kills deer and disembowels them. Scientists studying the species are keeping an open mind about these claims.

Tufted ground squirrel


1.118 miles: depth to which devil rays—normally considered an ocean-surface-dwelling fish—have been found to dive.

Creepy: appearance of a devil ray