According to a new study, there are four kinds of people

According to a new study, 90% of people fall into one of four categories: optimists, pessimists, trusting or envious. Which one are you?

Book review: ‘Economic thought’

We live in an economic world, and this book makes sense of it all.

Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy

Who knew that governments can make people happier?

7,100 cities from 119 countries sign world’s largest alliance to curb climate change

Most of the world’s greenhouse gas comes from cities – and that’s where we have to act.

In the U.S., Walkability Is a Premium Good

In America, walkable neighborhoods are a privilege of the rich and educated.

China to build underwater laboratory, 10,000 feet beneath the surface

China is drastically accelerating its efforts to build a deep-sea research platform – but they aren’t doing it for the science.

The richest families in 15th century Florence are still the richest families in Florence

The rich really do get richer – a new study found that the richest families in Florence, Italy, have had it good for a while. For 600 years, to be precise.

Growing inequality is a threat to democracy, experts warn

“That’s not a capitalist market economy anymore,” he warned. “That’s a feudalist system and it scares … me.”

The science of why you should buy experiences, not things

The science of happiness is still a youthful and controversial field, but one thing seems to be clear: there’s only so much money and comfort can bring. Economic growth doesn’t translate to happiness. Sure, people in developed countries often tend to be happier than those in developing countries, but generally speaking money doesn’t bring more happiness – it just brings less sadness.

Modern slavery widespread among Southeast Asia migrant domestic workers, report finds

We tend to think of slavery as something that’s long extinct, but according to several reports, there are more slaves today than at any time in history. Now, a new study found that forced labor among migrant domestic workers is widespread in Asia. More than 70 percent of 4,100 women surveyed, citizens of the Philippines and Indonesia, said recruiters in their home country

People spend more on climate adaptability to protect capital, not lives

A research team from University College in London has calculated that in the last five years, the ten biggest cities have increased their climate adaptation spending by a quarter. But they also found that it’s capital, not people, that we’re investing the most  to protect. Beyond the moral implications this entails, it also means that poor but highly populated cities and

An incursion in the colorful world of fluorescent proteins

The discovery of green fluorescent proteins heralded a revolution in cell biology, enabling researchers to monitor cellular processes by applying themselves to a variety of protein and enzyme targets. Over the years, they’ve enabled thousands of successful experiments, triggering events that ultimately saved many lives. In 1961, Osamu Shimomura and Frank Johnson, working at the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of

The world’s richest 62 people are as wealthy as half of the planet, report finds

The 62 richest people in the world are worth as much as the poorest 3.5 billion people in the world.

Royal Bank of Scotland: Oil may reach $16 a barrel in 2016

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced clients to brace for a “cataclysmic year” with a global deflation crisis, warning that many major stocks will fall and oil may reach $16.

Mexico’s soda tax is working, sales drop by 14%

A new study looking into how Mexico’s soda tax is impacting consumer habits one year after implementation. The results show a decrease in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption accompanied by an increase in sales of untaxed drinks throughout the country.

Data scientist traces main source of climate deniers’ funding

All of the current Republican presidential candidates make a point of denying what scientists and the common folk have come to agree upon in much of the world, and of preserving the status quo in the energy sector. Why are these public figures, with aspirations of world leaders, basing so much of their policy on a fossil fuel-centric agenda that will only come back to bite us? In a revelation that shouldn’t shock anyone who’s even remotely aware of the concept of money, it’s because they’re being paid off.

How many slaves work for you? Find out in this online test

Income inequality and social stratification are hallmarks of today’s economy, both in the context of a single country and on an international level. Even in traditionally rich, developed, industrialized countries where life quality is high and there are plenty of goods to go round, it’s become apparent that the current way of doing things just isn’t sustainable and that too much wealth is held by too few people.