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Not since 1966 has the federal government’s workforce been so small

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

The shrinking government workforce doesn’t mean that government spending is at record lows. It’s hard to believe the federal government now employs the fewest people since the mid-1960s. Yet according to jobs report earlier this month, the federal government now employs 2,711,000 people (excluding non-civilian military). Among the economy’s largest job sectors, it was the only […]



Will Bitcoin become a policy issue for the U.S. Congress?

November 12th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

Digital currency may soon become an issue that could unite US politicians. Recent US Congresses have been some of the least productive in the country’s history, and the 113th Congress has been no different. The sheer number of policy-related issues tabled since January 2013 has put the current Congress on pace to become the least productive in […]



India to boost demand-side energy efficiency by selling $6 LED lamp for $0.16

October 29th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

India plans to offer subsidized LED lamps to households to reduce power demand and improve energy efficiency. Measures have been initiated by the ministry of power in India to keep the promise of Prime Minister Modi to provide electricity supply and lamps to all households in the country by the end of the decade. The latest measure […]



You can go to college in Germany for free no matter where you are from

October 21st, 2014 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Germany didn’t just abolish tuition for Germans, the ban goes for international students, too. Lower Saxony has made itself the final state in Germany to do away with any public university tuition whatsoever. As of now, all state-run universities in the Federal Republic—legendary institutions that put the Bildung in Bildungsroman, like the Universität Heidelberg, the Universität München, or the Humboldt-Universität zu […]



U.S. Navy develops robot boats that can swarm enemy forces

October 13th, 2014 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

The swarm detects the enemy vessel with radar and infrared sensors. The U.S. Navy has been testing a large-scale swarm of autonomous boats designed to overwhelm enemies according to reports from Jeremy Hsu. In the test, a large ship that the Navy sometimes calls a high-value unit, HVU, is making its way down the river’s thalweg, escorted by […]



Do states with no income tax save residents money?

October 13th, 2014 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

A state might have no income tax, but it might make up for that through other taxes. If you’re thinking about moving to a new location, it’s reasonable to seek out spots that might cost you less. Thus many people turn to states with no income tax. However, there’s more to the picture than income taxes. […]



Asteroid Act could unlock billion dollar in asteroid mining business

October 1st, 2014 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover – but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition.  



U.S. intends to make public drug company payments to doctors despite calls for delay

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

The database is part of the government’s “Open Payments” program. Scores of doctors’ groups have called for postponement, but the Obama administration intends to stick to its 30 September deadline for making public a database detailing payments and gifts from the drug industry to US physicians, a spokesperson for the US Centers for Medicare & […]



Apprenticeship programs could close the skills gap, but have been slow to gain traction

September 17th, 2014 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Governors from Michigan to North Carolina and the Obama administration have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s woes: German-style apprenticeship programs.    



Is it time for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

September 9th, 2014 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

Poverty and homelessness on the rise. Is it time for Basic Income? The idea of Basic Income has been endorsed by economists from a variety of political camps, but has always seemed more of a distant dream than a reality.  Productivity and standard of living increases made Basic Income practical and logical.    



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