Anjali Ramchandani

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NASA Sees Your Christmas Lights From Space

Whether it’s a lit nativity scene, illuminated trees or just staying up later for a meal with family and friends, the increase in lighting during the holiday season is so pronounced that NASA can spot it from space.<p>Analysis of data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi …

Health Tip: Find Purpose in Life

The growing science on how a body imbued with meaning becomes physically healthier<p>There are a handful of junctures in life when a person’s sense of purpose is prone to twinkle and fade. In unemployment or professional stagnation; in financial or romantic straits, or after the death of a loved one; …

Nostalgia for Gold Pressures Central Banks in Europe

Swiss Vote Sunday Could Force SNB to Raise Holdings of Precious Metal<p>The 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath have revived interest in a monetary policy instrument of a bygone era: gold.<p>This trend is especially pronounced in Europe, where central banks face public pressure to buy more gold or …

Central Banks

Snowboards for the Sledding Hill

Ditch the stiff boots—and lift tickets—with a back-to-basics, binding-free board, like the Snurfer, Burton Throwback or Jones Mountain Surfer<p>SNOWBOARDING IS a relatively young sport, but some riders are still pining for its humble roots. “There’s an interest now in returning to a place where you …

Skiing

British Airways’ Parent Saves on Plumbing

Efforts at IAG Are Part of a Push to Achieve Sustainable Profitability<p>LONDON—Tired of flushing money away, British Airways parent International Consolidated Airlines Group SA has sought to cut costs in unusual places, like its lavatories.<p>Toilet doors and faucets, once varied across IAG’s three …

European Banks Told Likely Capital Criteria

Factors Include Size, Riskiness and Threat to Banking System<p>BRUSSELS—The European Union’s banking watchdog on Friday set out its proposed criteria determining how much equity and debt that can be written off in a crisis will have to be held by banks under the bloc’s new rules on winding down …

European Union

New Entrepreneurs Find Pain in Spain

Startups Face Cratered Consumer Market, Scarce Capital, Dense Bureaucracy and Culture Averse to Risk<p>MADRID—Consider Juan Pedro Mellinas an accidental entrepreneur. He started Eternalia, a company that tends to grave sites, in 2011 after losing a white-collar marketing job. Eternalia now has …

U.K.’s Cameron Pushes Benefit Restrictions for EU Migrants

Prime Minister Says Proposals Will Be ‘Absolute Requirement’ in Possible Negotiations With the Bloc<p>LONDON—British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals designed to curb the flow of people coming to the U.K. from other European Union countries, in a high stakes move that could result in …

European Union

India’s Economic Growth Slows to 5.3%

Weak Industrial Output Persists Despite Government Action to Spur Indian Economy<p>NEW DELHI—India’s economic growth decelerated in the third quarter, feeding doubts about how quickly the country’s new government can deliver on pledges to end a nearly three-year slump and transform the world’s …

Economic Development

How to X-Ray Your Portfolio

Online Tools Can Help Investors Review and Analyze Their Stock and Fund Holdings<p>One frequent knock on individual investors: They’re prone to tampering with their assets. They’d be better off choosing a good mix of stocks, bonds and cash, and largely leaving it alone, advisers say.<p>Yet even a …

Investing

Japan Inflation Slows in October

Some Economists See Further BOJ Easing Next Year<p>By<p>Takashi Nakamichi<p>Takashi Nakamichi<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@takanakaWSJ<p>Google+<p>takashi.nakamichi@wsj.com<p>TOKYO—Japan’s inflation rate fell to the lowest level in a year last month, as weak consumer demand and falling oil prices pose a challenge …

Economics

Chestnut Recipes for the Holidays—Or Any Day

They’re just what you want when Jack Frost’s nipping at your nose—and easier to cook with than you might think<p>“CHESTNUTS TASTE like it’s cold out. They get me all worked up.” So writes the pastry chef of New York City’s Del Posto restaurant in his debut cookbook, “Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts.” …

Fresenius Set to Pull Out of Bidding for Danone’s Medical-Nutrition Business

German Heathcare Group Said to Be Frustrated With Way Talks Have Taken Place<p>German health-care products and services company Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA is set to withdraw from the bidding for the medical nutrition business of French dairy-products group Danone SA, two people familiar with the matter …

Health Care

Thanksgiving and Gratitude: The Science of Happier Holidays

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of materialism, which has been shown to undermine happiness. There’s a simple antidote: Practice gratitude<p>As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of spending. But consider this conclusion from recent …

Happiness

New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs

Network to Remove Unpaid Plugs in User News Feeds<p>Chrisy Bossie built a $100,000-a-year gemstone e-commerce business by sharing information about her products on her company’s Facebook page several times a week.<p>“Steals in the Shop! I have a TON of new 36-inch-long necklaces, most priced at $15, …

Entrepreneurship

Stockton: Bankruptcy Exit Should Move Ahead

City Presses Judge, Despite Appeal by Mutual-Fund Giant Franklin Templeton Investments.<p>City leaders in Stockton, Calif., are urging a federal judge to let the city exit bankruptcy with a court-approved reorganization plan, despite an appeal of that proposal filed by mutual-fund giant Franklin …

Pope Francis Urges Respect for Religious Freedom on Trip To Turkey

On First Day of Visit, Pontiff Also Affirms Belief in Dialogue Between Religions<p>ANKARA, Turkey—Pope Francis demanded respect for religious freedom during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, a call that will resonate particularly with Christians who say they suffer …

Pope Francis

Europe Targets U.S. Web Firms

French, German Officials Call for Greater Power to Regulate Internet Companies<p>Europe escalated its war against U.S. technology superpowers as the Continent’s two largest economies and the European Parliament on Thursday backed fresh efforts to rein in the growing influence of companies such as …

European Parliament

Brazil’s Economy Claws Out of Recession

GDP Expands 0.1% in Third Quarter But Outlook for Latin America’s Biggest Economy Remains Clouded<p>By<p>Paul Kiernan And<p>Rogerio Jelmayer<p>RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil clawed out of recession in the third quarter on the back of government spending, but the outlook for Latin America’s biggest economy remains …

Economics

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar - Briefly - WSJ

1 Global Gauge Share on Twitter<p>The Institute for Supply Management will release its manufacturing purchasing managers’ survey on Monday. (Followed by the nonmanufacturing measure on Wednesday.) Within the factory report, economists have begun to pay attention to the spread between the new orders …

How Much Do Neighborhoods Influence Future Earnings?

The potential impact on lifetime earnings between growing up in a well-to-do neighborhood and a poor neighborhood is potentially larger than the difference between the earnings of the average college and high school graduate, according to a new study on social mobility.

DNA and the Randomness of Genetic Problems

The miraculously intricate process that transforms a few strands of DNA into a living creature is the product of blind biological forces. It can go wrong<p>Last Thanksgiving, I wrote about my profound gratitude for the natural, everyday, biological miracle of my newborn granddaughter. Georgiana just …

DNA

Fee-Based Libraries Were Like Netflix for Books, 200 Years Ago

All-you-can-read lending services helped democratize reading.<p>Imagine a service that lets you read all the books you want for a flat monthly fee. Think of it as an unlimited literary buffet, spiced with a social dimension. It is bigger than most libraries, and nothing is ever checked out or …

Books

Mixing Drinks and Politics

Joe Alsop helped persuade JFK to choose Johnson as his running mate, so the new president dropped by for dinner after his inaugural ball.<p>By<p>Charles McCarry<p>Brothers<p><b>On an early</b> page in “The Georgetown Set,” Gregg Herken’s admirable study of the adventures and misadventures of politically connected …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Real Philip Larkin

Over the last 50 years, only Larkin passes the ultimate test of having written poetry that is memorable.<p>The other morning on C-SPAN I saw at the Library of Congress our current poet laureate, a man of nearly 80, long white hair parted in the middle, reading incomprehensible verse in a deep southern …

Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah Resigns After Landslide Election Defeat

Ruling Nationalist Party Clinches Just Six Seats Out of 22 in Local Elections<p>TAIPEI—Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party suffered a landslide defeat in local elections Saturday, prompting the resignation of the premier and leaving the party weakened before a presidential vote in two years.<p>Also known …

China

Lord Mayor Lauds City of London

Alan Yarrow Says U.K. Financial Center Doesn’t Have Severe Image Problem<p>London’s banking industry has been engulfed by waves of scandals in recent years: taxpayer bailouts, rogue traders, attempted rigging of financial markets and huge bills for compensating ripped-off customers, to name a few.<p>No …

Wall Street

Chinese Social-App Group Momo Expects to Raise $256.6 Million in IPO

ADRs in Company Partially Owned by Alibaba to Be Priced Within Range of $12.50-$14.50<p>By<p>Maria Armental<p>Maria Armental<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mjarmental<p>maria.armental@wsj.com<p>The Chinese maker of social-media dating and chat mobile apps, Momo Inc., expects to raise $256.6 million from a …

Venture Capital

Twitter Co-Founder Sells Shares for First Time

After Sales Amounting to About $28.7 Million, Evans Williams Still Remains Company’s Largest Shareholder<p>Evan Williams, a Twitter Inc. founder and its biggest individual shareholder, has sold some of his stock in the social-media company for the first time.<p>Mr. Williams, who sits on Twitter’s board, …

Social Media

Sarkozy Wins Leadership of French UMP Conservative Party

Ex-President a Step Closer to Possible Re-Election Run, but Party Support Not Overwhelming<p>PARIS—Nicolas Sarkozy won the chairmanship of his conservative UMP party on Saturday, positioning the former French president as front-runner for the party’s 2017 presidential nomination.<p>An event that was …

Nicolas Sarkozy