The Wall Street Journal blog says “For the first time in nearly 20 years, the U.S. is producing more crude oil than it imports.”
USA Today picks some best places to get a deal when outlet shopping.
NASAgovVideo shows this November 27 early morning video of Comet Ison as it approaches the Sun. Will anything be left of Comet Ison in early December for viewing in the night sky? We’ll know soon.
CNet reports that selfie is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2013.
CNet covered the successful MAVEN launch November 18, 2013 to Mars. According to NASA, MAVEN will “examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail”. That’s NEWWorthy! Below NASA discusses the MAVEN mission.
Here’s the latest list from Computerworld on the “10 fastest supercomputers.”
In the past year NEWWorthy has blogged about Treasury and Inflation rate history. It’s time to put CD rate history in perspective. Today’s CD rates are pretty dismal, but in the past they’ve been pretty good. Jumbo CD Investments Inc. has charts showing the average CD rate (for various terms from 1yr to 5yr) history from 1993 to present.
For example, if you invested in a 5.5% 5yr CD in 1993 and renewed it every 5 years at an average 5yr rate you might have made at least 5.5% in 1993, 6.1% in 1998, 3.8% in 2003, 4.4% in 2008, and 1.5% or so in 2013. That’s average (roughly) of 4.3% per year for 25 years, not taking into account whether you are putting the income back into the CD and whether you are getting higher than average rates. The rate may not look like much compared to the well over 20% earnings many people have made in the stock market this year, but when you take into account difficult years like 2000 or 2007-2008 in the stock market, or this year’s negative returns for some bond funds, it’s easy to see why some people prefer to keep some portion of their cash in CDs.
You might also like playing with BankRate’s CD Calculator or reading Learn Bonds’ CD Interest Rate Forecast. Below is a video from Khan Academy that explains how compound interest works. Of course, if you are considering putting your money in a CD, you should also check out the bank’s rating and FDIC status.
While NEWWorthy does not give financial advice, we do like to inform readers about various financial topics in general.
USA Today reports that Loews Hotels will allow booking of rooms via Twitter starting Nov. 19, 2013.
NASA’s Tech Briefs “Create the Future Design Contest” winners for 2013 announced.
The Euscorpius lycius lives in Turkey. According to the article in Discovery News, it apparently doesn’t give a dangerous sting — although, I’m not interested in testing out that theory. Nevertheless, this reddish-brown scorpion is NEWWorthy.
People’s Choice Awards is accepting your votes for your favorites for 2014. I’m not sure when the voting ends, but probably soon. Below, HollyscoopTV reels off some of the categories and nominations.
According to the New York Times, Amazon and the US Postal Service will work together to deliver packages on Sundays in limited markets.
Popular Science reports on “recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.” Below red Orbit reports on the discovery.
Computerworld reports that Duke researchers have figured out how to convert stray wireless signals into power. The research can be found at Duke University Libraries online.
According to CNet, Netflix — in a deal with Disney — will unveil four live-action shows featuring Marvel superheroes. Netflix will “debut with a show focused on Daredevil, the red-clad adventurer whose alter ego is blind attorney Matt Murdock.” You might remember that Ben Affleck played Daredevil in the 2003 movie. Below is a post-episode 1 season preview (spoilers, if you haven’t seen the first episode yet) of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — which is already running on network television.
MIT Technology Review is not a bad way to keep up with technological trends and inventions. If you don’t have time to read the magazine or would rather kick back and watch television, you soon will be able to watch MIT Technology Review editors on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves”.
According to Science Daily knee surgeons have described a new ligament in the human knee. The anterolateral ligament (ALL) may be associated with ACL tears. GeoBeats reports below.
MSN reports that India launched its first mission to Mars. At $74 million, according to Time Magazine – World, it is the least expensive Mars mission every launched. That’s NEWWorthy. The Mangalyaan orbiter is headed first to an orbit around Earth and then on to Mars. The Times of India has more information on the subject, and there’s an ITN (London) news video of the launch below.
CNet reported recently on “when will your favorite airline take advantage of the FAA’s rule change?” [on gadgets].