1.) The rich keep getting richer. The pay gap between the richest 1% and the rest of America widened to a record last year. The top 1% of earners collected 19.3% of household income in 2012, according to an analysis of IRS figures by University of California, Berkeley economists. That’s their largest share in Internal Revenue Service figures going back a century, US income inequality has been growing for almost three decades. The economists write that 2012 incomes of the richest Americans might have surged in part because they cashed in stock holdings to avoid higher capital gains taxes that took effect in January.
2.) In the 60s and 70s, it was “Tang.” These days, you can buy packages of freeze-dried “astronaut ice cream. But real space food isn’t known for its tastiness. This December, NASA is making an attempt to farm fresh food in space to sustain astronauts. The space agency is sending six romance lettuce plants to the International Space Station where they will grow under pink LED lights for 28 days. This is the kick-off to NASA’s Vegetable Production System, which is hoping to offset much of the $10,000 it costs to send a pound of food to the ISS.
3.) The United States is heading to Brazil. Last night in Columbus, Ohio, the U.S. Men’s Soccer team beat Mexico 2 to nothing. That victory, combined with Honduras playing to a 2 – 2 tie with Panama clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup field for the United States. The tournament will begin next June in Brazil. This is the 7th consecutive World Cup the United States has qualified for.