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Average IT salary hits record $113,639 in US due to these certifications

January 27th, 2020 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

US tech employees lead the global pack thanks to a mix of certifications, job skills and tenure, according to a new report. The average annual salary for IT professionals worldwide is $89,732—the highest yet found by Global Knowledge’s yearly report. The report is the largest worldwide study of professionals in the tech community and has […]



People lacking access to food 10-37% more likely to die prematurely: Study

January 25th, 2020 at 5:14 pm » Comments Off

People with inadequate access to food due to financial constraints are 10 to 37 per cent more likely to die prematurely from any cause other than cancer, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers, including those from the University of Toronto, looked at data from more than half a million adults in Canada. The […]



Whoever leads in artificial intelligence in 2030 will rule the world until 2100

January 20th, 2020 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

A couple of years ago, Vladimir Putin warned Russians that the country that led in technologies using artificial intelligence will dominate the globe. He was right to be worried. Russia is now a minor player, and the race seems now to be mainly between the United States and China. But don’t count out the European […]



A survey of 20,000 creatives suggests brainstorming is a giant waste of time

January 19th, 2020 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

Perhaps more than any other category of professionals, creative types are expected to thrive in brainstorms. In the public’s imagination, their offices are filled with fidget toys and Post-it notes in an array of colors, all meant to absorb some of the energy of a group of fast-thinking, well-dressed hipsters deep in ideation mode. But […]



In 2100, half of the biggest countries in the world will be in Africa

January 14th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

In 2100, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Egypt and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be among the world’s largest countries. In 1950, four European countries were still among the world’s largest In 2020, half of the 10 most populous countries in the world will be in Asia By 2100, five African countries will be among […]



Our pathetically slow shift to clean energy, in five charts

January 10th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

We’d better pick up the pace in the 2020s. By most measures that matter, clean energy had a stellar decade. The cost of large wind and solar farms dropped by 70% and nearly 90%, respectively. Meanwhile, renewable-power plants around the world are producing four times more electricity than they did 10 years ago. Similarly, electric […]



Dead celebrity earnings show gender inequality reaches beyond the grave

January 6th, 2020 at 12:41 pm » Comments Off

Dead famous: Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in a still from Giant (1964). Warner Bros Death is no excuse for celebrities to stop working. James Dean, despite being dead since 1955, has recently been cast in a new Vietnam war movie, Finding Jack. His co-starring role will be computer generated from old footage and photographs […]



88% of Americans use a second screen while watching TV. Why?

December 31st, 2019 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

Second screens and the sickness unto death.  When it comes to tech, I like to think I’m a pretty hoopy frood. I added the System Tuner UI to my Android phone’s settings. I’ve crimped my own ethernet cables. I got Wing Commander III running, back when that required the dark arts of HIMEM.SYS tweaking. What […]



The average age of a successful startup founder is 45

December 11th, 2019 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

  It’s widely believed that the most successful entrepreneurs are young. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their early twenties when they launched what would become world-changing companies. Do these famous cases reflect a generalizable pattern? VC and media accounts seem to suggest so. When we analyzed founders who have won TechCrunch […]



U.S. life expectancy declining due to more deaths in middle age

December 1st, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

(Reuters Health) – After rising for decades, life expectancy in the U.S. decreased for three straight years, driven by higher rates of death among middle aged Americans, a new study suggests. Midlife all-cause mortality rates were increasing between 2010 and 2017, driven by higher numbers of deaths due to drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, suicides and […]



$69 trillion of world debt in one infographic

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

Two decades ago, total government debt was estimated to sit at $20 trillion. Since then, according to the latest figures by the IMF, the number has ballooned to $69.3 trillion with a debt to GDP ratio of 82% — the highest totals in human history. Which countries owe the most money, and how do these […]



Wall Street jobs data ‘experts’ are failing big time

November 17th, 2019 at 3:41 pm » Comments Off

Attention all you Wall Street “experts” who try to predict the monthly employment report! This column is for you. The rest of you, of course, can read along. But the first item in this column is specifically for those on Wall Street who get paid a lot of money to get their economic predictions correct. […]



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