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Startup Insider: The Story Behind Stock Trading App Robinhood and Its One Million-Person Waitlist

Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. You can sign up to stay up to date with this series here. If you have any interesting stories, you can email us here.<p>---<p>When the 2008 financial …

How Greece Escaped a Major Crisis—for Now

By obtaining a bailout extension from its European creditors, the beleaguered country avoids bankruptcy. But its long-term fiscal outlook remains bleak.<p>Late Friday night, after the Eurozone's 19 finance ministers granted Greece a desperately needed economic lifeline, the country's finance minister …

Environment

Environment

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

National Parks

4 Expert Predictions for the Global Economy in 2015

From GDP growth in China to consumer debt in the U.S., the stories to watch next year.<p>As 2015 dawns, instability in Russia, stagnation in Europe, and uncertainty in China are being offset by a sharp drop in oil prices that the International Monetary Fund says could boost global economic growth by …

The Real Christmas Village Is in China

Stockings and fake trees aren't made by elves. They're made 150 miles southwest of Shanghai, in the city of Yiwu.<p>The Chinese city of Yiwu, about 250 kilometers from Shanghai, is often referred to as China’s “Christmas village” thanks to the massive amount of holiday-related merchandise made there. …

The 9 Most Electrifying Energy Stories Of 2014

This is the year renewable energy got interesting.<p>Want more of Co.Exist’s best stories of 2014? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Most-Read Stories<br>• Photos<br>• Infographics<br>• Lists<br>• Videos<br>• Maps<br>• Buildings<br>• Robots<br>• Transportation<br>• Bikes<br>• Food<br>• Collaborative …

Fossil Fuels

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Top 10 Food Markets

Scruffy and chaotic or orderly and refined, the world’s street markets offer fresh, local—and often cheap—seasonal produce, alongside a slice of local life.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Food Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>St. Lawrence, Toronto, Canada</b><br>This farmers market emporium has operated since 1803, …

Top 10

Best Tours in Asia

From Traveler Magazine's 2011 Tours of a Lifetime<p><b>Sri Lanka: Ceylon Rising</b><p><i>New this year</i><p>Peace has finally come to Sri Lanka after a quarter century of intermittent civil war, making the island’s pristine nature reserves and trove of cultural marvels more accessible than ever. A fourth-generation …

Asia Travel

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Begin Again,' 'The Immigrant,' and More

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

Best Winter Trips 2015

There’s no reason to hibernate when new adventures await on every continent. From fat snow biking in the Tetons to rumbling across Aruba by Jeep, our editor’s list of 10 best winter trip destinations—plus a bonus “Reader’s Choice”—includes unexpected ideas for both snowbound and sun-splashed …

Travel Photography

Free Things to Do in Montreal

With new skyscrapers and centuries-old buildings, Montreal is the perfect combination of modern and historic. This cosmopolitan city has something for everyone—summer festivals, winter sports, world-class shopping, a bustling nightlife—and plenty of free options to keep you on budget.<p><b>Art</b><p><b>The Segal</b> …

France

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

Ireland

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2014

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2014. Ranked in no particular order.

Books

California’s Treasure Island

“It looks like a zombie apocalypse out here.”<p>More than one local says this of San Francisco’s Treasure Island, an often ignored artificial isle built on dredged sand. And at first sight of the mysterious island, reached halfway across the Bay Bridge, I have to agree.<p>Around me, on wide empty …

How NASA's landmark Orion spacecraft test flight will work

NASA is planning to launch a test mission for its newest space capsule designed to eventually bring humans deeper into space than ever before. But the bold test flight, scheduled for Dec. 4, doesn't come without risks.<p>The space agency is sending its first Orion space capsule thousands of miles …

Discovering Colombia’s Lost City

He appears out of the jungle like an apparition—a man from the Wiwa tribe, one of four indigenous groups who call the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains home. In his traditional outfit—white cotton shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and two colorful <i>mochillas</i> strung across one shoulder—he stands …

Obama requests $6 billion in emergency funding to beat Ebola

The U.S. has made headway in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, but the fight is not over yet, President Obama said on Tuesday.<p>Obama spoke at …

Where to put $50,000 in emergency savings

<i>I'm looking to invest $50,000 in emergency savings that I can access without penalty whenever I need it -- and I want a higher return than I can get in a regular savings account. Any suggestions? -- B.C., New York</i><p>The philosopher George Santayana famously wrote that those who cannot remember the …

How to Raise a Museum-Loving Kid

Something strange happens to us when we become parents: we forget how boring “adult thinking” can be.<p>When I was a kid, the idea of spending hours at a museum or art gallery was enough for me to tighten my fluorescent Madonna-esque head tie and demand that someone “gag me with a spoon.”<p>And yet, time …

"Living Walls" Stop Lions From Attacking Livestock in Tanzania

Fortified bomas are proving successful in preventing both livestock and predator deaths.<p>A modern twist on a traditional structure in Tanzania has proved successful in preventing African lion attacks on livestock and retaliatory killing of lions, according to a new report.<p>The Maasai people of East …

Japan, China stocks lead Asia gains on yen, data

HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese and Chinese shares led Asian markets higher Wednesday as the Nikkei touched a fresh high on the yen's slump and Chinese …

Old Is New Again in Athens

The Caryatids, a clique of statuesque ladies that once supported the roof of the Acropolis’s <b>Erechtheion</b>, stand more beautiful than ever after a three-year makeover.<p>The ancient treasures were restored using technology developed by the Acropolis Museum in <b>Athens</b>. Working on-site, scientists applied …

Exploring Architecture: Discover the Secrets of Georgian Style

“Georgian architecture” refers to the architectural style of the period between 1720 and 1830. It takes its name from the four British King Georges …

Architecture

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel

The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says.<p>During the Gaza war this summer, it became clear that one of the most important aspects of the media-saturated conflict between Jews and Arabs is also the least covered: the press itself. The …

Six Reasons to Visit Paris Right Now

For me, <b>Paris</b>—a place where Old World aloofness meets trendsetting modern metropolis—is about discovering both the grandiose and the quietly charming.<p>Last week, I enjoyed two completely different dinners out in the French capital’s 11th arrondissement. The contrasting experiences in the so-called …

Free Things to Do in New York City

Finding free activities to fill your day in the City That Never Sleeps is easier than you might think. With countless cultural attractions and a large city parks system, there's plenty to do that won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Art/Music</b><p>Skip the $25 ticket price when the <b>Museum of Modern Art</b> opens its doors, …

Staten Island

“Our universe would be destroyed”: Inside the science of “Interstellar”

The physicist who advised “Interstellar” explains the wild science behind the film’s otherworldly ideas<p>In <i>Interstellar</i>, the gravitational anomalies excite Professor Brand for two reasons. If he can discover their cause, that may trigger a revolution in our understanding of gravity, a revolution as …