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by Felix Richter, Statista.com

These days, as many people constantly carry their smartphone with them, it has become the norm rather than the exception to constantly be reachable. Even on vacation, many people have trouble leaving their smartphone at home and truly disconnecting for a couple of days.

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What We Read Today 24 June 2016

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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Electronic Cigarettes Could Have A Huge Effect On Public Health

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Marcus Munafo, University of Bristol

Tobacco still kills 6m people around the world every year. Despite huge public health efforts to help people quit and prevent young people starting, smoking remains the single greatest cause of ill health and premature death. And even with restrictions on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places, many young people continue to take up smoking. The situation is even worse in poorer countries, where support to stop smoking is limited, and tobacco control policies weaker.

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Infographic Of The Day: From Brewery To Bottle

Ever wondered how craft brew is made?

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Video of the Day:

New Shepard flew again on June 19, 2016, reaching an apogee of 331,504 feet (101.042 kilometers). It was the fourth flight with this booster and the sixth flight of this capsule. This time, we intentionally did not deploy one of three parachutes on the capsule and proved we could softly land with only two of them open. We’ve designed the capsule to have one or two levels of redundancy in every system needed for crew safety, including the separation systems, parachutes, reaction controls.


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Low Rates May Be Here To Stay - And Here's Why

by Gene D. Balas

After the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), Fed Chair Janet Yellen outlined the fact that interest rates may be lower in the future than in the past. As such, the Fed would likely move at a gradual pace, and reach a lower equilibrium level than in recent decades. For many investors accustomed to higher rates, such as in the 1980s (and that includes me, too), this requires a shift in expectations.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

17 June 2016: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Unchanged

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward was unchanged and remains in positive territory for the thirteenth week - after spending the previous 34 consecutive weeks in negative territory.

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