Stephan Steele

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Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why | Robert Reich

Starting in the 1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers have fought against unions<p>The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.<p>But …

Income Inequality

A 12-mile, underground lake may have been found on Mars. What could live there?

The red Martian surface may be barren and arid, but about a mile underneath Mars' south pole, scientists think they've found something …

European Space Agency

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.<p>Scientists …

Evidence of an early projectile point technology in North America at the Gault Site, Texas, USA

M. B. Collins, D. J. Stanford, D. L. Lowery, B. A. Bradley, in <i>Paleoamerican Odyssey</i>, K. E. Graf, C. V. Ketron, M. R. Waters, Eds. (Center for the …

Complex organics molecules are bubbling up from inside Enceladus

Ask Ethan: Would Life On Earth Be Possible If We Were Anyplace Else In The Galaxy?

While there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy, many with Earth-sized planets at the right distance for liquid water on their surface, there are great chances for life all throughout the Milky Way. At least, that’s what we assume. But isn’t it possible that the conditions we have at …

Universe

Exclusive: A leaked Trump bill to blow up the WTO

Axios has obtained a leaked draft of a Trump administration bill — ordered by the president himself — that would declare America’s abandonment of …

Donald Trump

Syrian girl pictured using tin cans as prosthetic legs finds hope in Turkey

An 8-year-old Syrian girl pictured moving around a refugee camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans is to receive medical care in Turkey after her plight was seen around the world.<p>Maya Merhi was born with no legs due to a congenital condition, and up until now has been walking …

Prosthetics

These Are the 'White Moderates' MLK Warned Us About

Trump officials have recently been on the receiving end of less than pleasant dining experiences. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and …

The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence

In the final scene of Frederick Wiseman’s landmark documentary “Domestic Violence,” police in Tampa arrive late at night to the home of a man who is drunk and a woman who is sick. The man has called the police because he is angry that the woman, who is desperate to sleep, is “neglecting” him. …

Do undocumented immigrants have the right to a day in court? The Supreme Court answered in 1896

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>In the long list of Donald Trump’s incendiary claims about immigration, a particularly extreme example appeared yesterday on Twitter: The US president described immigrants generally as trying to “invade our country” and called for mass deportations with “no Judges or …

Immigration

Three of The World's Greatest Minds Just Published a New Take on The Famous Fermi Paradox

Oof.<p>The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI).<p>Named in honor of the famed …

These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans

Americans believe that 62% of the news they consume on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio — and 80% of the news they see on social media — is biased, according to two new surveys.<p>Those surveyed also believe 44% of news reporting and 64% of news on social media are inaccurate. And they're upset …

Yes, Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You Something and Scientists Have Finally Translated What Their Gestures Mean

How many times have you looked into your dog’s eyes and thought, “If only you could talk”? Well, it turns out the canines have been speaking to us …

Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime | Yoka Verdoner

I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life<p>The events occurring now on our border with Mexico, where children are being removed from the arms of their mothers and fathers and sent to foster families or “shelters”, make …

Siblings

The FBI Says You - Yes You - Should Reboot Your Router Immediately

Seriously, we're talking to YOU.<p>A massive router malware attack has been spotted by security experts, infecting many home routers around the world, …

Scientists declare octopi life from another world

Evidence of the octopus evolution show it would have happened too quickly to have begun here on Earth. Published in the <i>Progress in Biophysics and</i> …

This Insane $30,000 PC Setup Is a Gamer’s Dream

Canadian YouTuber, Lewis Hilsenteger, best known for his tech review channel Unbox Therapy, has just introduced the ultimate PC gaming setup …

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks.<p>Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amid a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of …

Political Science

Scientists Discover Almost Completely Black Planet

The dark planet only reflects 1 percent of the light hitting it.<p>Astronomers have found plenty of exoplanets—planets orbiting other stars—over the last few years, and usually they can measure some of the properties of these planets. At the very least, astronomers can generally measure the size of …

Universe

Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang

If you’re looking to buy a car from Ford, you’ll soon have only one choice: a Mustang.<p>Faced with plunging demand and declining profits from its passenger car lineup, Ford will shift its resources to the booming side of the market: pickups, SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles, said CEO Jim Hackett …

Automotive Industry

North Korea halts nuclear and missile tests ahead of planned Trump summit

• Pyongyang also says it plans to close nuclear test site<br>• Summit between North and South to be held on Friday<p>North Korea has said it will end its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and shut down its nuclear test site, in a dramatic development ahead of a much-anticipated …

North Korea

When My Prison Lost Power It Was Like 'The Purge' in Real Life

As night fell, nerves got rattled and rumors flew.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project. Sign up for their newsletter.</i><p>I was sitting on my bed listening to Speedy, who lives several bunks down, tell another one of his tall tales. He'd done prison time in Ohio, …

I'm a millionaire who creates zero jobs. Why do I pay less tax than you? | Morris Pearl

Our tax code is deliberately designed to reward money over work, and the corporate tax cut financially rewards companies for moving money and jobs overseas<p>In 2013, just a few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I was part of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group working for the Greek …

Finance

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

This bakery is changing the lives of military veterans in a unique way

Entrepreneurship is the house brew at D.C.’s Dog Tag Bakery, where wounded vets learn to transition into the civilian workforce.<p>From the outside, Dog Tag Bakery may seem like your typical pastry and coffee shop. But step inside and you'll quickly realize this Washington, D.C., cafe is offering more …

Veterans

Evidence mounts for habitability of Venus-like worlds

Climate models show exoplanets like Venus could hold oceans under the right conditions. Richard A. Lovett reports.

Black teen who wanted directions shot at by white man

DETROIT (AP) — A black 14-year-old boy who got lost in a Detroit suburban neighborhood while trying to get to school was shot at by a white homeowner after knocking on a door to ask directions, prosecutors said Friday, citing home security video and the account of the boy.<p>Jeffery Zeigler, a retired …

Crime

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler | Harry Quilter-Pinner

The number of rough sleepers in Britain is soaring, with deaths now a weekly occurrence. It’s time we got over our prejudices<p>“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers …

Homelessness