Is it time to consider universal basic income?

Will the coronavirus pandemic cause US policymakers to think more about providing a universal basic income for Americans? A historian thinks so.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture covid-19 government history money

Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

Spilled milk explains why we have economic downturns

New research connects economics and physics to get at why we have regular economic downturns—and how they're a lot like milk spilling on the floor.

Duke University
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology economics milk money physics

Self-employment may offer a refuge from racism

Black people who believe racism has a big impact on their lives are more likely to seek self-employment, according to new research.

Amy McCaig-Rice University
March 23, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture bias jobs money race-and-ethnicity racism

Top women at public med schools paid $80,000 less than men

Women who head departments at public medical schools may have broken the "glass ceiling" but still earn as much as $80,000 less than men.

Krista Conger-Stanford
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture gender jobs money

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture africa ancient-history anthropology birds jewelry money shells

To feel happier, spend on experiences not stuff

Spending money on experiences rather than on objects could make you feel happier, researchers say.

UT Austin
March 10, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine emotions happiness money

Hard Brexit could bring big grocery bills

A hard Brexit could increase a four-person family's grocery bill £20.98 per week, and possibly up to as much as £50.98 per week, research shows.

Alice Scott-Warwick
March 9, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture europe food money politics united-kingdom

Rich or poor? Your pee holds the answer

Metabolites in urine samples allowed researchers to discern whether people in Europe were wealthy or at risk of poverty. The key is diet.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen
March 9, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine europe food metabolism money poverty urine

To save $28M each year, fix this problem in operating rooms

Poor planning in hospital operating rooms may be costing millions of dollars each year, new research shows. Simple fixes can help cut extra costs.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State
March 5, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine health-care-costs hospitals money surgery

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