Fed: Wages And Worker Shortages Are Growing

A report of data prepared for the Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting which begins at the end of this month suggests the U.S. economy is on a steady path, with prospects for further improvement. The Fed's Beige Book shows that economic growth has ...

Three Economic Lessons From 2016 — And Three Questions For 2017

This is In Real Terms, a regular column analyzing the latest economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me, or drop a note in the comments.More EconomicsThe past year has taught some harsh lessons. Trust polls more than you trust ...

West Africa Now Has Own Blockchain-Enabled Digital Currency

Senegal will soon begin using a digital currency, ushering in the use of blockchain technology by the central bank. It’s another opportunity for financial technology to help emerging markets leapfrog traditional banking systems and bring financial inclusion to more people.If the Senegal ...

President Obama says he could have beaten Trump — Trump says ‘NO WAY!’

“If you think you're winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer,” Obama said in the interview with former adviser and longtime friend David Axelrod, a CNN analyst, for his “The Axe Files” podcast. The ...

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re...

American health-care spending, measured in trillions of dollars, boggles the mind. Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care -- a number so large that it can be difficult to grasp its scale.A new study published in the Journal of the ...

Putin’s Hit Teams Of “Chechen Killers” Head For Syria

Having recently won the crucial battle for Aleppo, which has changed the layout of the ongoing Syrian proxy war between the Assad regime (with the Kremlin's backing), and "rebel" forces including various Al-Qaeda elements (supported by the US-led alliance), hardly content with ...

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations.A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez.It is alleged that her government steered public contracts to a businessman close to her family.Ms Fernandez ...

Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold In Crackdown On “Terrorist Financing”

Hot on the heels of China gold import restrictions, and India’s demonetization and gold confiscations, The European Commission proposed tightening controls on cash and precious metals transfers from outside the EU under the guise of shutting down one route for funding of ...

Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off ...

When it comes to reducing hospital readmissions, financial penalties work

Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical ...

Lawsuit dropped: Jawbone can sell devices in the US (if it can sell devices...

Valentina Palladino - Dec 27, 2016 7:05 pm UTC Rival fitness companies Fitbit and Jawbone have been fighting over a few lawsuits for the past couple of years, but Fitbit recently put one to rest. Just before the Christmas holiday, Fitbit dropped ...

U.S. Retains Title of World’s Top Arms Dealer, Reaping Half of $80-Billion Global Sales...

By Thom Shanker, New York Times WASHINGTON — The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar and far ahead of France, the ...

Reid: White House options for 2020 resemble ‘an old-folks’ home’

The likely 2020 class of Democratic presidential candidates is starting to resemble “an old-folks’ home,” according to retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Reid recently told an aide that he was unsure whether he would support Vice President Joe Biden should he ...

Victory! European Union Bans Amalgam Fillings for Children and Pregnant or Nursing Women

“The next generation of Europe’s children are safe from toxic dental mercury,” proclaims Charlie Brown, president of Consumers for Dental Choice and the umbrella World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. Starting July 1, 2018, amalgam use is banned for children under the age ...

From Delay To Action: The Supreme Court To Take A Conservative Turn In 2017

It was the last time the 79-year-old Scalia would announce an opinion. Three weeks later, on a hunting trip in Texas, the conservative icon died in his sleep.Since then, the year has been one long roller-coaster ride for the Supreme Court, with ...

A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Front Lines Of America’s Opioid Epidemic

"I went toward a bad group because those were the people that accepted me," he says. Drugs became a substitute for real friendships.He started drinking, popping pills, cooking meth and shooting heroin. He was homeless for a while when his parents kicked ...

Mesmerizing Fractals

Introduction Do you ever wonder what mathematicians study—and why? Most of what they do is complex and difficult to understand, but fractal art might give us a glimpse. Mathematicians study fractals, which are naturally occurring figures used in many branches of science ...

Monkeys Make Stone “Tools” That Bear a Striking Resemblance to Early Human Artifacts

The monkey is a wild capuchin in northeastern Brazil's Serra da Capivara National Park, where these animals have long been known to use rocks for a wide range of activities, from cracking open nuts and digging for roots to catching the attention ...

Teen Wins Big for a Homemade Polymer

Nirghin set about brainstorming on how to ensure that crops have access to water—even during the most severe stretches of dry weather. Her simple solution earned her the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in September. (Scientific American co-sponsors the awards.)For ...

Could Gene Therapy Cure Heart Disease?

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Daughter: Actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Hollywood royalty who played Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" and turned her experiences with addiction and mental illness into bestselling books, a hit film and popular stage performances, died Tuesday after ...

A Kentucky County Ended Its Historic Democratic Streak To Vote For Trump

You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight.The streak is over. For the first time in its 148 years of existence, Elliott County, Kentucky, failed to vote for the Democratic candidate in a ...

Trump’s win exposes Obama’s struggle to speak to the entire nation

At the top of Obama’s list — the physical embodiment of those gathering and potentially existential threats — was Donald Trump, from whom Obama sat inches away in the Oval Office Thursday. The president had mocked Trump as a temperamentally unstable reality ...

Dow jumps to record high as hope grows that Trump would lift economy

The Dow Jones industrial average reached a record high on Wednesday amid growing hopes that President-elect Donald Trump would deliver major stimulus to the economy. The index rose 218 points, or 1.2 percent, to close at 18,808, while the broader Standard & ...

Trump List of Cabinet Prospects: All Insiders

The list, obtained by BuzzFeed News, reveals a number of familiar faces including Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and others being weighed for multiple positions.In total, the list includes 41 names and covers 14 different departments. ...