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These are the 9 best Fortune 500 stocks to buy

The Fortune 500 rankings tell you a lot about the biggest American companies, but nothing about which of them have the most potential as investments. …

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

A few weeks ago, we were asked to analyze a competency model for leadership development that a client had created. It was based on the idea that at different points in their development, potential leaders need to focus on excelling at different skills. For example, in their model they proposed that …

Organic food isn't actually any better for you, and it's way more expensive

Researchers look at over 200 studies of the health benefits behind organic food, and find that there aren't really any.<p>A common mantra of the organic …

Now is the time to invest in solar, because people are stupid

If you’re thinking of investing in solar energy companies, now might be a good time to buy.<p>Most of the major publicly traded solar companies have …

Solar Power

Why Should I Invest?

Simply put, you want to invest in order to create wealth. It's relatively painless, and the rewards are plentiful.<p>Welcome to Investing Basics! If …

Five YouTube Channels That Will Make You A Better Cook

I love to cook but I’ve never been able to <i>just</i> follow a written recipe. I like when people guide me through the steps. I like seeing how they perceive a pinch of seasoning or a dash of spice.<p>I’ve found YouTube to be an amazing resource for learning how to cook. I can rewind the video, I can pause …

Jamie Oliver

The Average University of Louisville Basketball Player Is Worth $1.5 Million Per Year

For most big-time college sports programs the men's basketball team is a distant second to football in terms of revenue. But considering less operating expenses and a fewer number of athletes, the average men's basketball player is actually worth a lot more than their football counterparts.<p>We …

Here's Why You'll Never See Louis Vuitton Products On Sale

So why not wait a while for the next sale and snag one of the luxury brand's bags then?<p>According to Mark Ellwood, author of "Bargain Fever: How To Shop In A Discounted World," there's one problem with that idea: Louis Vuitton products never go on sale.<p>According to Ellwood, there's a method to the …

Housing guru Shiller: Put your money in stocks

Stocks may be better than a home if you want to get rich.<p>That's according to Robert Shiller, renowned housing expert and Noble prize winning economist.<p>"It would be perhaps smarter, if wealth accumulation is your goal, to rent and put money in the stock market, which has historically shown much …

LIFE BEHIND BARS: Matthew Kluger reveals all

The perpetrators of financial crimes—like insider trading, fraud, embezzlement, or money laundering, to name a few—have traditionally been punished …

San Francisco 49ers: Time to Be Thankful for Anquan Boldin

Link to Media<p>On March 12, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers traded a sixth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens then dealt that pick to get outside linebacker Arthur Brown, who has appeared in 16 games over the last two years.<p>The 49ers got Anquan Boldin, who has kept the 49ers in the playoff …

Football (U.S.)

YouTube Multimillionaire PewDiePie Says He's Happier Now That He's Disabled Comments On His Channel

Although he makes a ton of money from making videos for his fans — in 2013 he made around $4 million from ad revenue— he said in a video today that turning off comments on his videos has made him very happy.<p>"Before I turned off my comments, I think things were going downhill, I would say," …

Turning Food Scraps Into Plastic You Can Use Every Day

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

The Finest Scrambled Eggs Ever

Tasting Table<p>The perfect scramble is a thing of beauty: soft and hot, golden-hued, composed of extraordinarily creamy curds so rich and well-seasoned they verge on cheesy.<p>But of course, there's no need for cheese--not when you've got the pure, intense flavors of eggs and butter. The technique isn't …

Top 10 Machu Picchu Secrets

This ancient Inca site has centuries-old secrets trapped in its walls— and more recent ones that we spill here.<p>By Mark Adams, author of <i>Turn Right at Machu Picchu</i><p>1. It’s not actually the Lost City of the Inca.<p>When the explorer Hiram Bingham III encountered Machu Picchu in 1911, he was looking for a …

South America

5 Essential Communications Skills to Catapult Your Career

Developing great communication skills is a key to professional success.<p>Communication skills have always been instrumental for senior leaders. But they’ve become equally important for aspiring leaders.<p>Professionals today are expected to show polished “executive” communications skills earlier in …

Top Fried Chicken Recipes

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Can Starbucks Make 23,000 Coffee Shops Feel Unique?

Years ago, every Starbucks felt exactly the same. Now designers ask, can 23,000 Starbucks feel like 23,000 different coffee shops?<p>At Starbucks’s global headquarters in Seattle, a designer quietly ushers me down a shadowy hallway, tucked behind a room filled with boxes and photocopiers that it …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers<p>A drive through the sticky Florida heat into …

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

The Wonderful World Of Whiskey, In One Boozy Chart

Now available from Pop Chart Lab, the Many Varieties of Whiskey print aims to chart the guiding lights of the whiskey world with the Brooklyn-based company’s customary aplomb. It categorizes and distills (forgive the pun) each type of whiskey down into groups, from scotch to bouron to single malt …

Go to Where the Actual Work Is Being Done

Do you often feel reactive instead of proactive? Do people complain that decisions at the top take too long to percolate down to the frontlines? If so, you probably manage your organization and your direct reports through weekly meetings and email. You should instead consider “leader standard work.”<p>…

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Designers Delay Duck’s Death With 3D-Printed Limb

In the future, no duck will have to die because of missing legs. In fact, they will live forever if us nerds have anything to say about it. To wit: a designer named Terence Loring in Sicamous, British Columbia is busy building a fancy leg for a duckling named Dudley who, and this is true, lost his …