More People Have Access To Netflix Than A DVR


Written by Felix Richter,

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy, with note added by Econintersect

Netflix has hit a major new milestone.

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What We Read Today 29 April 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Ancestors Of Flores 'Hobbits' May Have Been Pioneers Of First 'Human' Migration Out Of Africa

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Alice Roberts, University of Birmingham

I was in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008 and lucky enough to examine the bones of one of the most controversial hominin species that has ever been discovered. The skeletal remains belonged to an ancient people with tiny brains, and so short that they have been nicknamed 'hobbits'.

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Infographic Of The Day: The Sad State Of America's Infrastructure In One Infographic

Today's infographic dives into the infrastructure situation in the United States, including a comparison of federal and state spending.

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Video of the Day:

"Horrifying" is how witnesses have described the latest in a string of executions in the American state of Arkansas. Convicted murderer Kenneth Williams was sentenced to death by lethal injection. Here's what happened during his execution according to a reporter there.

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Typical Spring weather. There is a hint of El Nino gaining ground but there are other reasons for thinking that we may be setting up for an active Atlantic Tropical Storm Summer. Generally those two concepts do not coexist well but since Summer happens before Winter it might be possible.


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New 'Gaullism' Rises In France

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

After the first round of the French presidential election, 'center-right' Macron and 'radical right' Le Pen are locked in a face-off. However, the real story of the election is that Le Pen's agenda has shifted the political landscape toward new French Gaullism.


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21 April 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Continues to Slow

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for over one year - after spending the previous 35 consecutive weeks in negative territory. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their lagging index this week.

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