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Americans expect to burn through their savings quickly, survey finds

Americans expect to burn through their savings quickly, survey finds

Finance
As millions of jobs are lost to the coronavirus pandemic, almost half of low-income Americans say they expect to burn through their savings within three months, according to a survey released Thursday.The government's monthly employment numbers for March, due to be released Friday, are expected to show an unprecedented surge in layoffs by businesses forced to shut down by the pandemic.Guido Mieth | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesIn a separate report Thursday, the Labor Department found that some 6.6 million workers had filed for unemployment benefits. That follows a wave of 3.3 million jobless claims in the prior week.Many of those laid-off workers, especially in lower-income households, have little in the way of a financial cushion to fall back on, according to a survey by Morning Consult.Th...
Peacock spiders show more of their colours

Peacock spiders show more of their colours

Science
OK, a lot of people don't like arachnids. But c'mon, these little guys are simply stunning.Seven new peacock spiders have been described in the journal Zootaxa.And just like their cousins in the Maratus genus, they all live in Australia and they all feature those amazing iridescent colours that the males will flaunt during courtship.The man behind the descriptions is Museums Victoria's Joseph Schubert, a 22-year-old peacock spider specialist.He's now written up 12 of the 85 known species in this group. He often gets sent specimens to identify, but also conducts fieldwork. The names of the new species a...
Coronavirus stimulus paychecks are on their way. But there may be kinks for some Americans

Coronavirus stimulus paychecks are on their way. But there may be kinks for some Americans

Finance
Cabania | iStock | Getty Images PlusCongress has passed a $ 2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, and you're probably already counting up the money you could receive in relief checks — if you're eligible.Generally, individuals who earn $ 75,000 or less qualify for $ 1,200 one-time payments, while couples making $ 150,000 or less may receive $ 2,400. Dependent children are eligible for $ 500 each.But beware: There are caveats in the legislation that could make it harder for you to get the relief you need if your financial circumstances have recently changed.That's because the stimulus checks will go out based on your adjusted gross income for the 2019 tax year, if you have already filed your return. If not, the Treasury Department will use your 2018 return.That may be little comfort to you
To adapt to cities, birds must grow their brains or grow their families

To adapt to cities, birds must grow their brains or grow their families

Science
March 25 (UPI) -- As the planet becomes increasingly urbanized, many species, including birds, are struggling to adapt to human presence. Urbanization can drive some bird species to extinction, but others are capable of thriving in cities. New research -- published this week in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution -- suggests birds have a choice of two strategies for adapting to urban life. They can either grow bigger brains, or they can produce more offspring. Better understanding how different bird species respond to human development can help policymakers craft more effective conservation and protection plans. "Cities are harsh environments for most species and therefore often support much lower biodiversity than natural environments," lead study author Ferran Sayol, postdoc...
Less than half of women in their 40s screened for breast cancer each year

Less than half of women in their 40s screened for breast cancer each year

Health
March 23 (UPI) -- Private health insurers spend more than $ 2 billion a year to screen women in their 40s for breast cancer, though fewer than half those eligible undergo mammograms, a new study shows. In results published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers noted that just over 41 percent of women between age 40 and 49 who had private insurance had a mammogram in 2017. The mean per person cost among these women was $ 353, according to researchers. "Breast cancer screening is associated with high costs," study co-author Natalia Kunst, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine and Public Health and a doctoral candidate in health decision science at the University of Oslo in Norway, told UPI. "These substantial costs are borne despite the fact that health outcomes associat...