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The nonpartisan Tax Foundation says that this year, U.S. citizens will pay more than $4 trillion in total federal, state and local taxes.
That sum “is $152 billion, or 3.9%, more than they will spend on housing, food, and clothing combined,” says the tax research nonprofit.
Moreover, a greater percentage “of government benefits now go to pay for those same basic expenses of low-income Americans,” it says.
Photograph by Gus Mills
National Geographic Big Cats explorer Gus Mills is examining cheetahs in the arid environment of the Kalahari. The cheetahs are tracked using San trackers, radios, and DNA analyses. This data helps park managers ensure the continued existence of the cheetahs and future monitoring. It also serves as an example for the conservation of the species in other arid regions. With National Geographic’s support, Mills was able to complete his fieldwork and research.
Pictured: A three-week-old cub squashes one of its two litter mates during a brief visit by Mills to the den while the mother was out hunting. Mills and his team need to count the cubs and collect DNA from fur samples in order to establish paternity. Such brief interactions do not disturb the cheetahs, and they have never observed any adverse reaction by the mother or cubs. More
Adobe‘s famous desktop browser plugin may be looking forward to a 2013 overhaul, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t out to improve itself in the here and now. Flash Player’s 11.3 beta, for instance, rolls in low latency audio support through NetStream, designed specifically to cut back audio lag in cloud gaming. The beta also introduces support for complete keyboard control when in full-screen mode, background Flash updating on Macs, and a Protected Mode for Firefox that keeps rogue Flash files from compromising Windows PCs using Vista or later. More
Twitter added hover behavior to tweets.
Mouse-hover behaviors on Twitter, status updates on Facebook Messenger, and a whole mess of tweaks over at Google Search.
If you’ve noticed that things on your favorite big services feel a little different today, you’re not imagining things. Facebook, Twitter, and Google have rolled out little changes to their main services.
Facebook added status details to its Mobile Messenger application. You can see if someone has read a message you’ve sent, if they’re typing a reply, and what general region they are physically replying from (that one could be problematical). Apple iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger users are already accustomed to these features. More