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America’s Big Part-Time Problem

December 8th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The economic recovery continues, but many workers still can’t find full-time work.

In November, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent, the lowest its been on record since the recession—yet another indicator that the United States’ economy is slowly but surely continuing to recover.

What Are the Economic Costs of Deportation?

November 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

A new paper quantifies how deportation could hurt the economy.

Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election

November 7th, 2016  |  Source:

The Kenyan software company Ushahidi has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections.

The operation, called USA Election Monitor, will track voting irregularities reported via website, email, Twitter and SMS and post accounts to an online interactive map.

Donald Trump, vigilante

November 4th, 2016  |  Source: The Economist

Good people have been frightened and angered into backing a dangerous man

On November 8th around 60m Americans are likely to cast ballots for Donald Trump to be president. That will present the country with a puzzle. If nearly a quarter of the adult population are Trump-backers, many good people will have ended up supporting a bad man.

Newspapers shouldn't apologize for telling the truth about Donald Trump

November 1st, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Did you hear about the Florida newspaper that apologized to its readers for running too much news that was critical of Donald Trump? It happened last week at the Daily Commercial, based in Leesburg, Florida, in a conservative-leaning area of the state with a lot of affluent retirees nearby. The editors published an open letter to readers in which they wrote:

Opioid epidemic: ex-DEA official says Congress is protecting drug makers

October 31st, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

A former top Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official has accused Congress of putting pharmaceutical company profits ahead of public health in the battle to combat the US’s prescription opioid epidemic.

Renewables overtake coal as world’s largest source of power capacity

October 25th, 2016  |  Source:

About 500,000 solar panels installed every day last year as green electricity surges

About 500,000 solar panels were installed every day last year as a record-shattering surge in green electricity saw renewables overtake coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity.

Two wind turbines went up every hour in countries such as China, according to International Energy Agency officials who have sharply upgraded their forecasts of how fast renewable energy sources will keep growing.

A Trek to the Giant Mongolian Glacier That Holds the Secrets to Global Warming

October 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Deep in the Altai mountains, American scholars are using drones to study glacier-formed ridges that could unlock the mysteries of abrupt climate change.

Thousands of years ago, near what is now the shared border of Mongolia, China, and Russia, water sat frozen in mountain glaciers that extended for miles. At the end of the Ice Age, with temperatures rising rapidly, the ice began to melt, and water poured across the landscape, carving out wide valleys. Granite silt and ice ground into the Earth, polishing smooth the sandstone bedrock.

Why Disappointment Is So Devastating: Dopamine, Addiction, and the Hedonic Treadmill

October 12th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Unless rewards are constantly getting bigger and more exciting, even the best experiences pale over time when repeated.

Disappointment is one of my least favorite emotions, and I know I’m not alone in my hatred of it. Among people with addiction, dashed hopes are a common trigger for relapse. And even if you’ve never been addicted, it’s quite tempting to respond to an unexpected loss, failure, or rejection by having a drink or two.

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