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Financial infidelity poll: 6% hid bank account from spouse or partner

January 27, 2015 Comments off

Financial infidelity poll: 6% hid bank account from spouse or partner
Source: CreditCards.com

Secret bank accounts and covert financial transactions aren’t just the stuff of spy movies — they’re surprisingly common features within U.S. households, according to a new national poll conducted for CreditCards.com.

Roughly 1 in 5 Americans who are in a relationship admit they have spent $500 or more without their partner’s knowledge. A smaller number — 6 percent — have taken the subterfuge a step further, leading financial double lives by maintaining hidden checking or savings accounts or using secret credit cards.

Free e-book — CityLab Books: The Future of Transportation

January 27, 2015 Comments off

CityLab Books: The Future of Transportation
Source: The Atlantic

For all the mobility challenges facing American metro areas—from choked highways to poor mass transit—there’s a bounty of ideas for improving travel in and around cities. Driverless cars. Electric bicycles. Rapid buses. Express highway lanes.

CityLab covered all these ideas and more in its special nine-month series on The Future of Transportation, with reported features from every major U.S. city and opinion pieces from the leading thinkers in American mobility. This e-book includes a selection of twelve of the series’ most popular and provocative stories so the discussion, and the journey, can continue.

2015 (Credit Card) Balance Transfer Survey: Offers more generous, but move fast

January 20, 2015 Comments off

2015 Balance Transfer Survey: Offers more generous, but move fast
Source: CreditCards.com

The typical credit card balance transfer offers have become more generous, but you have to act quickly to take advantage of them, according to a CreditCards.com analysis of 100 popular credit card offers to new customers.

Compared to our survey of the same sample of cards a year ago, more cards offer a balance transfer promotional rate for at least 12 months (38 cards this year, compared to 33 last year). The number of cards with an offer lasting 15 months or more is also up, from 10 a year ago to 17 now.

The survey also finds there are good reasons to comparison shop — and to act quickly. Fees vary, and most cards that offer introductory balance transfer rates give cardholders only 90 days or fewer after the account opens to take advantage of the lowest introductory rates.

Quality Counts 2015 — Preparing to Launch — Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown

January 12, 2015 Comments off

Quality Counts 2015 — Preparing to Launch — Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown
Source: Education Week
From press release (PDF):

In a politically polarized environment that has increasingly extended into education policy, an area once largely free of partisan skirmishing, support for early-childhood education has become a rare point of consensus along the ideological and political spectrum. From President Barack Obama’s push for a $75 billion, 10-year federal preschool commitment to efforts by governors, mayors, and state legislatures for new and expanded programs, momentum continues to build. Yet, consensus around the importance of early education is just the starting point. Complications abound, and disagreements over funding strategies and policy approaches threaten to unravel tenuous alliances that have bridged the partisan divide.

The 2015 edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts report—Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown—explores the complex landscape that defines early-childhood services and programs in this country. The report examines how new academic demands and accountability pressures are reshaping the learning environment for young children and the teachers and administrators serving them. Education Week journalists delve into the policy debates surrounding publicly funded programs, examine cutting-edge research on the early years, and highlight the academic and technological challenges that await the nation’s youngest learners

To complement the report’s journalism, the Education Week Research Center also conducted an original analysis of participation in early-education programs, poverty-based gaps in enrollment, and trends over time. The center’s Early Education Index grades the states based on federal data across eight critical indicators. The nation as a whole earns a D-plus on the index, while half the states earn grades in the Cminus to C-plus range. The District of Columbia ranks first in the nation with a B-plus.

State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline

January 12, 2015 Comments off

State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline
Source: CoinDesk

CoinDesk is pleased to announce the latest quarterly State of Bitcoin report, featuring a 2014 Year in Review, an in-depth analysis of data and events from the fourth quarter of 2014 and a look ahead to what 2015 might bring.

Major administrative datasets of the U.S. government — all in one place (annotated)

January 8, 2015 Comments off

Major administrative datasets of the U.S. government — all in one place
Source: Journalist’s Resource

An immense number of U.S. government agencies play a central role in the collection of a wide array of public data — vital statistics on health, transportation, commerce, finance, agriculture, and more. Much of this information is gathered by the 13 principal statistical agencies, but smaller organizations — for example, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Army Corps of Engineers and USAID — also gather important information.

All this data gathering isn’t inexpensive — the 13 agencies spend an estimated $3.7 billion annually on collection, processing and dissemination — but the benefits far outweigh the costs: In a 2014 report, the Commerce Department estimates that this information adds as much as $221 billion to the U.S. economy. Even better, journalists can use this wealth of data to deepen and broaden their reporting, anchoring it in facts and figures that can better inform their communities and the decisions they make.

Below are links to data sources and tools from a broad range of federal agencies, courtesy of Katherine R. Smith, executive director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS).

Scholarly Publishing — The Top 10 Retractions of 2014

January 5, 2015 Comments off

The Top 10 Retractions of 2014
Source: The Scientist)

This year, stories about scientific retractions were dominated by big numbers—60 at once in one case, 120 in one fell swoop in another—as well as the eyebrow-raising practice of researchers submitting fake peer reviews, often ones they themselves had written. Here are our picks for the top 10 stories, in no particular order.

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