Thai Tailors Stitch To Advertising In Euros

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James sez, “The slow decline of the US dollar as a global currency continues with the tailors of Bangkok now advertising their rates in Euros. Advertisements for tailors can be found on the free tourist maps of Bangkok. I was in Bangkok in 2005 and all of the prices were in USD. Now the advertisements are in Euros.”

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The Army’s $10M Spy Bat is Still Too Big

 The Army’s $10M Spy Bat

The University of Michigan’s Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology (COM-BAT) is working on building a robot bat that would perform long-range reconnaissance for the U.S. Army, but U.Mich is currently struggling with miniaturizing components in order to make the bat small enough to be stealthy.

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How America’s Banks Lost their Reputations

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He may be retired and out of office, but his words still carry considerable heft — especially when it comes to quieting things down. “We will never have a perfect model of risk,” veteran market guru Alan Greenspan wrote in Monday’s edition of the Financial Times. There have always been periods of euphoria and periods of fear on the markets, and “asset price bubbles build and burst today as they have since the early 18th century, when modern competitive markets evolved.”

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Future of Global Population Numbers Unknowable

 Future of Global Population Numbers Unknowable

How many people will inhabit the planet before population growth finally levels off? The figure most commonly used is 9 billion by 2050, up from 6.7 billion today — an extraordinary number, considering that there were only 1 billion humans in 1830. (Right now there are a billion people just between the ages of 10 and 19.) But there’s a growing debate about this projection and what it means.

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Dubai’s 18 Projects Destined to Change the Face of Global Architecture

Dubai’s 18 Projects Destined to Change the Face of Global Architecture

Dubai is located on the northern tip of the United Arab Emerites on the Persian Gulf. It has been ruled by the Al Maktoum Dynasty since 1833 and has existed in its modern state since 1971. the current ruler is Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates.

The rather small city has a population of 1.6 million people and a $37 billion USD economy based largely on trade, manufacturing and financial services. contrary to popular belief petrol and natural gas only make up a small percentage of revenues. The city has gained world-wide attention in the past few years because of its booming economy and ambitious architectural projects. Here are 18 proposed projects destined to change the face of global architecture.

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Understanding the Tax Burden

 Understanding the Tax Burden

Paying taxes is, for most people, both unavoidable and irksome. But how much hard-earned pay is taken by governments varies considerably across the world. Among the rich countries of the OECD, Germans shell out the most, with a worker earning an average income giving 43% of their gross pay to the state, with nearly half of that going towards social security.

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All The Water And Air On Earth Gathered Into Spheres And Compared To The Earth

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Dan Phiffer found this image on a message board, and by his calculations, he says it’s accurate.

Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc.
Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density. Shown on the same scale as the Earth.

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