Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure
Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?
Businesses owned by women, minorities lag in revenue share
The number of businesses owned by women and minorities has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in certain industries, but based on revenue they remain on average considerably smaller than white- or male-owned firms.
Current Congress is looking a little more productive – so far
Legislative productivity may be on an upswing, as lawmakers enacted more bills before their August break than either of the two preceding Congresses.
Proposal could make nearly 5 million workers newly eligible for overtime
Proposed new overtime rules would make nearly 5 million white-collar workers eligible for time-and-a-half – mostly retail and food service managers, office administrators, low-level financial workers and other modestly paid managers and office professionals.
5 facts about Social Security
Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.
The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live
Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.
The challenges of polling when fewer people are available to be polled
With response rates low and heading lower, how can survey researchers have confidence in their findings? Scott Keeter, director of survey research at Pew Research Center, addresses this issue and related questions.
Where teens are finding summer jobs: More food service, less retail
Fewer teens are working summer jobs, but those who are are more likely to be in the accommodation and food service sector and less likely to be working retail.
Financial crises surprisingly common, but few countries close their banks
In more than four decades, only seven countries have imposed the kind of limits on people’s access to their bank accounts that Greeks have been under since June 28.
Puerto Rico’s losses are not just economic, but in people, too
In a trend that is both a consequence of and contributor to its financial woes, the island’s population is declining at a clip not seen in more than 60 years.