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Tax Breaks for Big-Box Stores Can Drain Money From Schools

Using a tactic known as "dark store theory," some corporate retailers aggressively pursue property tax breaks that can end up costing public schools …

Mass Exodus From States Run By Top Democratic Governors Continues

The Democratic Governors Association, in an attempt to attack Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) tweeted this week about how 33,000 people left Illinois for another state over the past year, continuing years of outmigration from the Land of Lincoln.<p>With that tweet, the DGA is trying to make the public …

Income Tax

Racial Wealth Inequality In The U.S. Is Rampant [Infographic]

Even though the United States is on course to become “majority minority” by 2044, the country still has a huge and growing racial wealth gap. A new study by Prosperity Now and the Institute for Policy Studies has found that white households in the middle-income quintile own nearly eight times as …

Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index

• Researchers say tax reform plan would increase gap between rich and poor<br>• US already does ‘very badly’ on global inequality index<p>Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of …

Income Inequality

What Kind Of 'Jobs President' Has Obama Been — In 8 Charts

The final chapter of the Obama economy drew that much closer to its end on Friday, with the final jobs report of the 44th president's time in office. That report showed the 75th straight month of job growth, with employers adding 156,000 jobs.<p>Solid, but nothing flashy.<p>In that way, it was emblematic …

Employment

Wage growth surges, just in time for the Trump presidency

THE news that average wages grew by 2.9% in December, the final full month of the Obama presidency, provides more evidence that America’s labour …

Economics

A day at Apple summer camp: Racing bots and coding for fun

Never before have I heard such a commotion in an Apple Store. And I've covered iPhone launches.<p>The hoots and yelps of a dozen children echo around the historic brick and glass building in London's Covent Garden Piazza.<p>This is day two of Apple Camp, and an important race is under way. Everyone is …

Apple Store

How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free after July 29

The time is nigh. Friday is the last day you can score Windows 10 for free.<p>Or is it?<p>What if you don't want to upgrade to Windows 10 right now but may want to do so down the road? There is a way.<p>You will need to complete several steps before July 29 comes to a close. Once you do, you can upgrade to …

Windows 10

WATCH: This Simple Triangle Will Change The Way You Think About Maths Forever

Because logarithmic notation is bad.<p>Okay, let's get something straight right off the bat - logarithmic notation in maths is bad and doesn't make a …

Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution

Lots of American industrialists have skeletons in the family closet. Charles and David Koch, however, are in a league of their own.<p>The father of these famous rightwing billionaires was Fred Koch, who started his fortune with $500,000 received from Stalin for his assistance constructing 15 oil …

Middle-class

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.<p>If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them …

Scientists Observe Wasps Evolving Into New Species

Study suggests speciation in one group of organisms could trigger speciation in another group<p>Scientists have documented three species of wasps turning into three new species, an unusual close-up view of rapid evolution in action.<p>In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of …

Biology

Greater than the sum of its parts

LIKE some people who might rather not admit it, wolves faced with a scarcity of potential sexual partners are not beneath lowering their standards. …

Wildlife

New fossil could reshape our understanding of ape evolution

A newly discovered species of primate may rewrite the history of great apes — the group that includes humans. The new species, named <i>Pliobates catalonia</i> and described in a study published Thursday in Science, has been placed at the base of the ape family tree. The researchers who have discovered the …

Ancestor of all apes might not be what scientists expected, new fossil shows

One man's trash heap is a scientist's treasure trove. A fragmented skeleton dug out from a Spanish landfill may force scientists to redraw their theories on the ancestor of humans and all other apes.<p><i>Pliobates cataloniae,</i> described in the journal Science, reveals that the common ancestor of humans, …

Researchers see evolution working faster than expected (in chickens)

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, well, evolution takes ages, right? Well, a study conducted by …

12 signs America is on the decline

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together …

Try Your Hand At This Ridiculously Addictive Geometry Game [UPDATED]

"Euclid: The Game" is, as its name suggests, a game inspired by the constructive principles of Euclidean Geometry. It is also, as its name might not …

Geometry

Your High School Math Performance May Predict Your Future Salary

Students who complete higher levels of math in high school experience lower rates of unemployment and receive higher salaries, on average, than their less-accomplished peers, according to new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.<p>Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, former …

Practical Math Shortcuts For Everyday Life

It turns out, your school teacher was right. You need math on a regular basis. While most people won't typically have need of orthogonal …

The 10 Best Jobs For People Who Love Math

To find out which jobs offer the best opportunities for people who love math, we analyzed CareerCast's list of the top 200 occupations in 2013 and pulled out those jobs that require analytical math skills.<p>CareerCast, a job search site, measured the stress, physical demands, and both the current and …

Watch: A Captivating Time-Lapse Of Snowflakes Forming In Midair

What does a snowfall look like? Not as it floats down from a gray sky to land upon an outstretched tongue, but as it grows from a single molecule? It looks like some kind of crystal flower, blossoming from a singularity in space-time.<p>Backed by a soft piano nocturne taken from Aphex Twin, Russian …

Time-lapse Photography

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most attractive?<p>The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.<p>The golden ratio – or golden mean - is a number that is said to provide the …

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.<p>That's because those standardized tests …

LearnZillion Lands $7M From DCM, O’Reilly, NewSchools & More To Help Schools Adopt The Common Core

In an effort to improve the quality of K-12 public education, schools across the country have begun to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which are designed to align the diversity of state curricula under one consistent, standardized guidebook of what students are expected to learn — and …