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Visa is bribing small businesses to stop accepting cash

The future is cashless — especially if Visa has anything to say about it.<p>The credit card and payments company is urging restaurants to stop accepting …

UK’s Tide raises $14M to challenge big banks with a mobile-first service for SMBs

Europe has seen a large wave of startup banks pop up in the last few years — companies like N26, Atom and Monzo that are taking on the big incumbents by creating faster and cheaper services for a new class of consumers as they grow up and enter the working world. Now a startup has raised a sizeable …

American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out.

This is why we can’t have nice things.<p>American Airlines agreed this week to do something nice for its employees and arguably foresighted for its business by giving flight attendants and pilots a preemptive raise, in order to close a gap that had opened up between their compensation and the …

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

The Guardian view on big data: the danger is less democracy

The information gathered about us by the internet giants makes our political system vulnerable to new forms of manipulation<p><i>This article is the subject of a legal complaint on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC and SCL Elections Limited.</i><p>The Observer’s discovery that a secretive firm apparently …

Cambridge Analytica

How Donald Trump Could Pressure the Supreme Court

Conventional wisdom says that FDR’s attempts to bend the judiciary to his will backfired. The truth is more complicated.<p>On May 31, 1935, Franklin Roosevelt summoned political reporters to the Oval Office, where they found the president seated behind the Resolute Desk, a pile of telegrams and court …

Great Depression

Scientists have created metallic hydrogen. Here's how it could change the world

Metallic hydrogen is a potential wonder substance first proposed by Eugene Wigner and Hillard Bell Huntington back in 1935, but since conditions here …

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

How Did Life Begin? Dividing Droplets Could Hold the Answer

A collaboration of physicists and biologists in Germany has found a simple mechanism that might have enabled liquid droplets to evolve into living …

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Biology

Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

Obama Administration

The Psychological Research That Helps Explain the Election

At the end of most years, I’m typically asked to write about the best psychology papers of the past twelve months. This year, though, is not your typical year. And so, instead of the usual “best of,” I’ve decided to create a list of classic psychology papers and findings that can explain not just …

Psychology

Why we are still light years away from full artificial intelligence

Clara Lu Contributor<p>Clara Lu is the marketing manager at ViSenze, an artificial intelligence company that makes search by images possible without keywords.<p>The future is here… or is it?<p>With so many articles proliferating the media space on how humans are at the cusp of full AI (artificial …

Everything you need to know about ashwagandha—the stress-fighting adaptogen of the moment

When it comes to adaptogens—the herbs that health experts like Frank Lipman, MD, tout as nature’s miracle stress fighters—ashwagandha is arguably the …

Alternative Medicine