A new study finds the highly cited recovery from the dark depths of the 2008 great recession wasn’t all it’s cracked up to. The vast majority of the new jobs don’t come with much of a long-term future:
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment.
One reason is science and technology, i.e., the growth of the “gig” economy. That’s everything from ride sharing to flexible short-term contract work. Which is great—if you’re looking for that kind of gig. Not so good if you’re seeking full-time, steady work with health insurance and other critical benefits.
Yay, Tesla in Puerto Rico!
Yellowstone—it’s a just a matter of time.
It came from outer space! An unidentified extra-solar object from interstellar space has been detected approaching our solar system. It appears to be a solid object … but it’s also thought to be a perfectly natural, fairly rare phenomenon.
Good thing the universe didn’t do this:
According to the standard model of particle physics, the Big Bang should have produced matter and antimatter in equal quantities. By that logic, the universe should have annihilated itself from the very beginning.
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