Numbers: Oct. 2, 2006

$4.6 billion Amount hedge-fund firm Amaranth Advisors lost this month betting on rising natural-gas prices--which fell 12%

$1.4 billion Amount Amaranth lost when it liquidated assets at a discount to avoid a possible shutdown

2 million Number of tires Florida officials dumped into the Atlantic in 1972 to seed an artificial reef, which never formed. The loose tires are now damaging real coral reefs

$5 million Estimated cost of removing the tires, which is expected to begin in 2008

1 Number of years it took David Banh, 18, to earn enough credits to graduate--with a double major in physics and math--from...

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