This week: Science marches forward, but sometimes it stomps on our heads.

$4.5 billion

How many “Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries” were sold in 2015, according to a company called Packaged Facts. What makes this interesting: that’s up nearly 2.5 percent, and the sole reason is “their use in electronic cigarettes.” That’s right, drug addiction has literally gone high tech.

 2.37 billion

“Robocalls” that Americans got bombarded with on their smartphones — just in November alone, according to YouMail. ‘The call total for November equaled an average of 913 robocalls placed every second during the month.”

 13.2 million

Americans who suffered a power outage last year, according to Briggs & Stratton, which should be happy about that number since it manufactures portable generators. Weather was “the main culprit” in  many of those 3,571 outages.

1 percent

How much the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest — increased last year, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite all the technological and medical advancements, it rose from only 8 percent to 9 percent.

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