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The Impact of Increasing the Minimum Wage on Unemployment: No Evidence of Harm. A.

The Impact of Increasing the Minimum Wage on Unemployment: No Evidence of Harm

Introduction In his State of the Union speech last month, President Obama called for a rise in the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to a new rate of $9.00 per hour. This would be a 24% increase, but would still mean that someone working full time, 40 hours per week, 52 weeks a year (no vacation), would earn only $18,720 a year. Such a full time worker would still be earning well less than the current federal poverty line for a family of four of $23,050 per year. The proposed increase is modest. Republican leaders nonetheless immediately denounced the proposal, asserting that raising the minimum wage would hurt, not help, the poor, as they would lose their jobs.

B. But what is the evidence? The first graph shows the federal mandated minimum wage since 1950, in real inflation adjusted terms (using the CPI), plus the unemployment rates for all workers and separately for workers aged 16 to 24. The urban explorers of the ex-USSR. Exploring the grandiose buildings and industrial infrastructure left over from the USSR is a popular pastime for some young people - but not the faint-hearted.

The urban explorers of the ex-USSR

Known as urban exploration, the hobby involves climbing high-rise buildings, towers and bridges, or going deep underground. Russia's vast territory is dotted with industrial sites, some of which are unused and empty. But Vadim Makhorov was commissioned to take these pictures inside a water pipe by the owners of this functioning power plant in the east of the country. Many urban explorers are skilled photographers who take striking images.

"Who needs words when you've got stars in the sky? " General Kosmosa's picture shows an urban explorer taking a break on top of Kiev's South Bridge over the River Dnieper, which is the tallest in Ukraine at 135m (443ft). To Understand the Ukranian Protests, Look to Russia. KIEV—This morning, the much-loathed Ukrainian prime minister, Mykolay Azarov, resigned.

To Understand the Ukranian Protests, Look to Russia

A few hours later, the parliament voted to cancel the anti-democratic laws that had brought the country on the brink of civil war. For a week, though, both sides in the standoff between security forces and anti-government protesters seemed paralyzed by tunnel vision. From the point of view of political survival, there was no reason for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to unleash violence against the protestors.

Neither was there any benefit in the Euromaidan protest—which emerged as a peaceful pro-European movement two months ago—degrading into an urban guerrilla army. Yet this is what has taken place. Events began to spiral out of control last week, when the parliament adopted draconian laws. Then, ignoring protest leaders, militants from the Right Sector—a coalition of ultra-nationalist groups and soccer fans—launched a fierce attack against riot police protecting the parliament. Health - The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection.

Pancreatic cancer 's high death rate is partly blamed on the difficulty of early detection.

Health - The teenage scientist revolutionising cancer detection

Teenage scientist Jack Andraka has come up with a cheap and simple way to test for it. Pancreatic cancer is a killer – and one that is very hard to detect. One of the reasons its survival rate is so poor that it has few symptoms in the early stages. Partly spurred by the death of his uncle, 16-year-old scientist and researcher Jack Andraka vowed to find a quick and cheap way to test for signs of the disease. Andraka's research – incuding writing to 200 science professors – led to him developing a dipstick diagnostic test which searches for a biomarker for pancreatic cancer. Science & Environment - Business recycles packaging and rubbish in Denmark.

Science & Environment - DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation. An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Is Facebook a Human Right? Hi Mark, I just read your Facebook post: “Is Connectivity a Human Right?”

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Is Facebook a Human Right?

And I thought I’d share my perspective (and answer) with you. First off, you’ve discovered that not every individual in this world has Internet access. Health - Developing world hospitals receive radical surgery. In 2005, 53 patients with HIV entered a relatively well-resourced hospital in the rural town of Tugela Ferry in South Africa.

Health - Developing world hospitals receive radical surgery

Within weeks, all but one were dead. Their death certificates would record that they died from a new drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. Technology - Luminaid: Shining a light on disasters. Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010 shattered the country’s infrastructure, but for one designer it proved to be an illuminating moment.

Technology - Luminaid: Shining a light on disasters

Before you read this, close the door, draw the curtains, and turn out the lights. If you are reading on your laptop, momentarily close the lid. Now that you are back, think about how it felt. Radicand - math word definition.

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National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Home Page, a part of the U.S. Department of Education. To Make America Great Again, We Need to Leave the Country - National. No politician will admit that the United States is no longer number one.

To Make America Great Again, We Need to Leave the Country - National

But other nations do a lot of things better -- and we need to learn from them. jbachman01/Flickr Foreign observers used to chuckle at that very distinctly American political rhetoric of exceptionalism -- the assertions of our God-granted preeminence and predestination. But beneath that laughter, there was usually grudging respect, and even envy for a country whose citizens were so ready to express such national pride.