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LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves

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After 100 years of searching, an international team of physicists has confirmed the existence of Einstein's gravitational waves at LIGO on September 14 last year, marking one of the biggest astrophysical discoveries. It's a huge deal, just think of all the breakthroughs that have come to the discovery of x-rays and radio waves it also opens up a whole new way of studying study the Universe.




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What We Read Today 12 February 2016

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The Myth Of The Resilient Consumer

from Lakshman Achuthan, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ECRI

The premise of incomes powering a consumer-driven pickup in U.S. economic growth is demonstrably false. And for people renting their homes the squeeze is even greater.

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Infographic Of The Day: 'Planet Nine' Type Worlds Are The Most Common

On Jan. 20, 2016, scientists announced the discovery of what could be a giant planet in the Kuiper Belt at the outer edge of our solar system.

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After 100 years of searching, an international team of physicists has confirmed the existence of Einstein's gravitational waves at LIGO on September 14 last year, marking one of the biggest astrophysical discoveries. It's a huge deal, just think of all the breakthroughs that have come to the discovery of x-rays and radio waves it also opens up a whole new way of studying study the Universe.


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Why Negative Rates Won't Rescue U.S. Markets And More Reader Questions



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Why The Federal Reserve Always 'Happens' To Be Wrong

by Money Metals Exchange

-- this post authored by Stefan Gleason

'The last duty of a central banker is to tell the public the truth.'

- Alan Blinder, former Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman

The Federal Reserve Board finds itself back in a quandary of its own making. When Fed chair Janet Yellen pushed through an interest rate hike this past December, she confidently cited an 'economy performing well and expected to continue to do so.'

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

First Quarter 2016 Survey of Professional Forecasters Again Lower Growth over the Next Three Years

from the Philadelphia Fed

The economy looks weaker now than it did three months ago, according to 40 forecasters surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The forecasters predict real GDP will grow at an annual rate of 2.0 percent this quarter and 2.5 percent next quarter.

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