Economists Predict Unemployment Will Remain Historically High Over the Next Decade


The “new normal” unemployment will be worse than the “old normal”.

The American Economics Association held its annual meeting in Denver last weekend. Most attendees appeared to be in a very forgiving mood. While the economists in Denver recognised the severity of the economic slump hitting the United States and much of the world, there were few who seemed to view this as a serious failure of the economics profession.


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Ancient Bible Fragments Offer a Rare Glimpse Into a Forgotten History


Geniza palimpsest with Hebrew (shown upside down) written over the top of a 6th-century copy of Akylas’ Greek translation (c. 125 CE) of the Books of Kings (shown the right way up).

New research has uncovered a forgotten chapter in the history of the Bible, offering a rare glimpse of Byzantine Jewish life and culture.


Religious Knowledge Survey Shows Americans Lack Some Religious Knowledge


86% of Americans believe in a higher power but lack knowledge of own traditions.

Americans are clear on God but foggy on facts about faiths.The new U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that although 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, we don’t know our own traditions or those of neighbors across the street or across the globe.


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Senate Considered Banning Dial Phones in 1930


Alexander Graham Bell at the opening of the long-distance line from New York to Chicago.

June 25, 1930 – Senate Considers Banning Dial Phone:  In the spring of 1930, the Senate considered the following resolution:

Whereas dial telephones are more difficult to operate than are manual telephones; and Whereas Senators are required, since the installation of dial phones in the Capitol, to perform the duties of telephone operators in order to enjoy the benefits of telephone service; and Whereas dial telephones have failed to expedite telephone service; Therefore be it resolved that the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate is authorized and directed to order the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. to replace with manual phones within 30 days after the adoption of this resolution, all dial telephones in the Senate wing of the United States Capitol and in the Senate office building.


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Dramatic Animated Simulation of an Asteroid Hitting the Earth


A dramatic computer-animated simulation, produced by NHK Japan and the National Film Board of Canada, depicts what would happen if an asteroid measuring 500 kilometers (300 mi) in diameter collided with Earth.


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Transforming Albania’s 750,000 Mushroom Bunkers Into Hotels, Cottages and Bars


Mushroom hotel room

Albania’s Enver Hoxha ruled from 1945 to 1985 and towards the end made North Korea’s Kim Jong-il look normal. Being a bit paranoid, he constructed an extraordinary three quarters of a million mushroom-shaped bunkers. That presents a lot of opportunity for creative repurposing and reuse.


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Amazing Photos Discovered of Post-War Berlin


Red Army photographer Yevgeny Khaldei captured this photo of a typical Berlin intersection in May 1945. A female Soviet soldier is controlling traffic as a German mother crosses the street.

Decades forgotten trove of post-war photographs from 1945 has recently been unearthed. The snapshots illustrate the devastation of the German capital and capture the desperation of the city in the weeks after the end of World War II. They also show glimpses of Berlin’s resilience.


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Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ Is Still Revealing Secrets


Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper

The Last Supper – relentlessly studied, scrutinized, satirized and one the world’s most famous paintings – is still revealing secrets. Researchers Olivier Bauer, Nancy Labonté, Jonas Saint-Martin and Sébastien Fillion of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Theology have found new meaning to the food depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous artwork.


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10 Facts You May Not Know About April Fools’ Day, No Kidding!

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A 1957 BBC video report about Switzerland experiencing an early spaghetti harvest.

We’re just a few days from April 1, a notorious time for hoaxes. We could have waited, but we figured you might not trust these 10 facts if they were printed on April Fools’ Day. All indeed are true. Really. No kidding. We promise.

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