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Why Has the Stock Market Been Dropping? The Expansion Heads Toward a New Phase

Why Has the Stock Market Been Dropping? The Expansion Heads Toward a New Phase

The stock market drop in October has been unsettling for anyone with a portfolio, particularly after a 3 percent plunge Wednesday that wiped out the year’s gains. Could this be the beginning of a...

What Being Transgender Looks Like, According to Stock Photography

What Being Transgender Looks Like, According to Stock Photography

Transgender people are appearing more often in advertisements and mass media. But when they do, it’s very often in stock photos that show them standing against a blank wall, or else they are hardly...

Mega Millions: How to Keep $1.6 Billion From Ruining Your Life

Mega Millions: How to Keep $1.6 Billion From Ruining Your Life

Suppose you wake up Wednesday morning, check that lottery ticket you picked up at your neighborhood convenience store, and find you have, against unfathomable odds, won a huge jackpot prize. What you do in...

The Problem With Probiotics

The Problem With Probiotics

Even before the microbiome craze — the hope that the bacteria in your gut holds the key to good health — people were ingesting cultures of living micro-organisms to treat a host of conditions....

Unemployment Looks Like 2000 Again. But Wage Growth Doesn’t.

Unemployment Looks Like 2000 Again. But Wage Growth Doesn’t.

Lots of measures are telling us that the United States labor market is doing well. In some cases, very well. Most prominently, the unemployment rate has fallen steadily over the last nine years. It...