November 14th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

NASA provides new look at space around Saturn

NASA has released an amazing image – it's a panorama of 141 wide-angle pictures captured by the Cassini spacecraft on July 19 that gives us one of the most detailed looks yet at the area around Saturn.

As you can see in the image, Earth appears as a bright blue dot on the lower right. Venus is on the upper left. And Mars appears as a faint red dot above and to the left of Venus.

The image covers more than 400,000 miles, which brings us to tonight's number: 746 million miles, which is the distance between Saturn and the Earth when the two planets are at their closest positions. When they're on opposite sides of the Sun, they're more than a billion miles apart!

Filed under: The Number
September 3rd, 2013
08:47 PM ET

The Number: Nyad swims into record books

Diana Nyad is being celebrated as a hero this week for her amazing record-setting swim.

The 64-year-old woman spent almost 53 hours swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. It was the longest distance swim in history, and she did it without a shark cage. During the trek she also had to deal with "currents, shipping lanes, reefs and swarms of jellyfish" – any one of which could have derailed her attempt. FULL POST

Filed under: Sports • The Number
September 3rd, 2013
02:18 PM ET

The Number: A 132 million dollar man

The talk of the day on Twitter yesterday was about a world-record $132 million paycheck. That's right, a single paycheck, for this young man right here – Gareth Bale, a soccer player and the MVP of the British Premier League.

Real Madrid decided they needed him, and were prepared to spend a LOT of money to get him. He follows other famous players who defected to Madrid, like David Beckham.

And yes, Bloomberg news reports the $132 million is being paid in one single check. Insane, huh? FULL POST

Filed under: News • Sports • The Number
August 27th, 2013
12:38 PM ET

NSA officers admit to spying on love interests

According to reports, National Security Agency officers admitted using the agency's eavesdropping powers to spy on their own romantic partners and spouses.

Jessica Yellin has the story.

Filed under: National Security • News • NSA • The Number
August 23rd, 2013
10:06 AM ET

The most dangerous job in America is...

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released its annual list of the most dangerous jobs in America and this year the top spot was filled by loggers.

Erin Burnett has the story.

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