The After Math: Made in the USA special

aftermathWelcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week’s tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages.

During this Independence Day-tinged week, the Engadget team has been peering into the past, present and future of manufacturing in the US. We touched on the implausible costs of a real-life Death Star, how to educate kids in code and the finer points on bringing more tech manufacturing to America. Europe also gets a brief nod, as the EU announced the first wave of substantial roaming cost-cutting across the continent, making several of our often in-transit UK editors very happy indeed. We’ve got a list of notable numbers right after the break.

  • Amount assigned to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum in the US 2014 budget: $3.1 billion
  • Schools that currently teach computer programming in the US, according to 4,000
  • Schools that have signed up to for help in starting their own computer programming lessons: 10,000
  • Number of H1B (temporary specialist) visas granted annually under the Immigration and Nationality Act: 115,000
  • Number of H1B visas actually granted last year: 135,530
  • H1B visa cap proposed under the same Immigration Innovation Act: 300,000
  • Estimated cost of sending “a pound of anything” into space, according to Michio Kaku: $10,000
  • Estimated cost of sending a pound of something to the moon: $100,000
  • Estimated cost of the steel alone for a real-life Death Star: $852 quadrillion
  • Price of Google’s “Manufactured in the USA” Nexus Q, before it was shelved: $299
  • Chinese manufacturing wage rise in China since 2008: 71 percent
  • Employees working at Lenovo’s production line at its North Carolina facilities: 115
  • New jobs that will be created through Motorola’s first “built in the US” smartphone, according to Dennis Woodside: Around 2,000
  • Houses planned by Babcock Ranch owner Syd Kitson as part Florida’s solar-powered “smartest city” back in 2006: 19,000
  • Power output of Babcock Ranch’s planned solar array: 75 megawatts
  • Power output of Apple’s own North Carolina solar farm: 20 megawatts
  • Data charge cap when roaming between EU member countries, starting this week: 45 euro cents
  • Data charge cap promised for July 2014: 20 euro cents
  • Cost of a Royale with Cheese Big Mac in France, according to The Economist’s Big Mac Index: €3.59

Thank you, TiA


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