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Millennials start to leave home at last Improving US economy means more room for Mom and Dad Good news for baby boomers across America with long-delayed plans for home gyms: Your kids are fnally moving out. Thanks to an improving economy and more cheery job prospects, more young adults in the United States are striking out and forming their own households, accord- ing to a recent Barclays analysis of census data. The study took a number of factors into account, including employment sta- tistics, housing data, and age statistics for heads of households. "Recent data suggest that household for- mation among young adults is improving," Michael Gapen, an economist for Barclays Research, writes in the report. "Data from the Current Population Survey, which in- cludes extensive information on both the number and characteristics of US house- holds over time, suggest that more young adults are now fnding it feasible to move out." The report noted several statistical trends pointing in the direction of stronger household formation: In 2013, the number of 18-to-24-year-olds living with their par- ents fell for the frst time in eight years. "In 2013, 55.3 percent of 18-24 year olds lived at home, down from 56.2 percent in 2012," the report reads. "Given that the Current Population Survey estimates that there were 30 million 18-24 year olds in the US in 2013, the one percentage point decline represents 300,000 young adults looking for alternative living arrangements." Employment has also increased. The employment-to-population ratio for young adults rose to 47.7 percent in May, up from 46.5 percent in 2013. All of this bodes well for the housing market, particularly the multifamily sector. Increased construction of multifamily hous- ing structures and a growing rental market have characterized much of the US housing recovery up until this point; more young adults fnding their own housing should help that trend continue. – Schuyler Velasco / Staff writer Who says spiders only eat insects? Researchers find some resort to a surprising choice of food Spiders catch insects, of course. But now scientists have found many species of spiders that also catch and devour ... fsh. These spiders can be found on every continent except Antarctica, reports a new study published by zoologists Martin Nyffe- ler of the University of Basel in Basel, Swit- zerland, and Bradley Pusey of the University of Western Australia. Although the fsh these spiders eat are small – just 2 to 6 centimeters (3/4 to 2-1/4 inches) – they are an average of 2.2 times as long as the spiders' bodies and as much as 4.5 times their weight. How do they do it? Fish-eating spiders are mostly semiaquatic, so they can walk on the water's surface, swim, or at least live comfortably near water. Species seen capturing or devouring fsh include different types of nursery web spi - ders, wandering spiders, long-legged water spiders, and wolf spiders. Most of these are considered hunting spiders, that is, spiders that capture food without using a web. One species of wandering spider, the An- cylometes rufus, can dive under water for as long as 20 minutes, say researchers. Adults can have a leg span of nearly 8 inches, which helps them catch their prey under water. A smaller spider, the water spider Argyroneta aquatica, actually lives under water. Other spiders hunt above the water. They anchor their back legs on a plant or stone and use their front legs to grab their prey. Dr. Nyffeler and Dr. Pusey compiled 89 accounts, published and unpublished, from around the world of spiders eating fsh. They also contacted photographers who captured the predation, seeking more information. Although the spiders' diet still mainly consists of insects, fshy meals may provide a strong addition of protein, helpful for fe - male spiders during mating periods. – Eva Botkin-Kowacki / Staff writer HouseHold formation among young adults is rising, wHicH also bodes well for tHe Housing market. Tyrone Siu/reuTerS Go fish: A fshing spider (Dolomedes facetus) captures a fsh in a garden pond in Australia. PeTer LiLey/reuTerS/FiLe The walls have ... eyes A huge pAinting decorates an entire building in the city of halle, in eastern germany. Many abandoned stuctures here have become canvases for legal grafti. the third annual urban Art Festival 'All You Can paint,' which supports such endeavors, runs Sept. 1-14 here. THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | JuLY 7 & 14, 2014 17

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