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Why are women only saving half as much as men for retirement?

Why are women only saving half as much as men for retirement?

Finance
Planning young: a retirement roadmap All working Americans need retirement savings, regardless of gender. But the need is particularly strong for women, since they have a tendency to live longer than their male counterparts. They're also more likely to require paid care at some point — as a spouse may not be around to provide care. It's therefore unsettling to learn that women are only saving about half as much as men for the future. In a recent Student Loan Hero study, women had an average of $ 45,614 socked away for retirement, whereas men had $ 90,189. That sort of gap could put women at a severe disadvantage later in life. Why are women falling behind savings-wise? When asked why they're struggling to save for retirement, women cited living paycheck to payc...
YouTube deletes half of 'violent' music videos

YouTube deletes half of 'violent' music videos

Technology
YouTube says it has deleted more than half of the "violent" music videos that the country's most senior police officer asked it to take down. More than 30 clips have been removed so far.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London - and singled out drill music.She asked YouTube to delete content which glamorises violence. Drill originated in Chicago. Its biggest breakout star is arguably Chief Keef, famous for his 2012 track I Don't Like.The genre's lyrics often detail vivid accounts of taking drugs and violence.In February, 17-year-old rapper Junior Simpson was sentenced to life in prison after he and three others stabbed 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall to death.The court h...
More than half your body is not human

More than half your body is not human

Health
More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.The field is even asking questions of what it means to be "human" and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result. "They are essential to your health," says Prof Ruth Ley, the director of the department of microbiome science at the Max Planck Institute, "your body isn't just you".No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures.This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). The grea...
Half of European flights face delay after glitch

Half of European flights face delay after glitch

World
Half of flights travelling across Europe face delays due to computer failures, the continent's air safety group said.The continent-wide system which determines when and where planes can safely fly, land and take-off failed at about lunchtime on Tuesday, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) said.Half of flights across Europe face being delayed by the failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS).There has been a failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.  Contingency procedures are being put in place which will have the effect of reducing the capacity of the European network by approximately 10%.  Further information will be provided as soon as possible.— EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) April 3, 2018We very much regret
Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

Health
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups. The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure. "I have no doubt there will be controversy. I'm sure there will be people saying 'We have a hard enough time getting to 140,'" ...