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Indians are so troubled by the idea of free healthcare, they’d rather pay anything than nothing at all

Once, a farmer from a village in Bihar was diagnosed with colon cancer. He came to Patna, the capital city, to have the tumor removed. Because he was poor, my father recommended a young surgeon who trained in the UK. The surgeon was competent and idealistic. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of …

Scientist stripped of doctorate over stem cell scandal

Japanese university revokes PhD awarded to Haruko Obokata in latest twist in row that has rocked the scientific world.<p>A Japanese university has revoked a doctoral degree awarded to a young researcher embroiled in a scandal that has rocked the scientific establishment.<p>Haruko Obokata, 32, drew …

Stem Cells

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

This is the chart that has Robert Shiller seriously worried about the stock market

Robert Shiller is worried about the stock market.<p>And the Nobel laureate's concern can be summed up in this chart, which shows a steady decline in the valuation of the stock market from both institutional and individual buyers.<p>This chart shows Shiller's stock market confidence index, which he …

Steve Jobs knew what the Internet was really for way back in 1996

In an interview for Wired's February 1996 issue, entitled "Steve Jobs: The Next Great Thing," the Apple co-founder talked about his vision for where this still-new "Web" thing was going.<p>"The heart of the Web, he said, will be commerce, and the heart of commerce will be corporate America serving …

The 10 most valuable brands in the world

Technology brands dominate the top 10, but there is also a surprise entrant.<p>Millward Brown's study uses the views of around 2 million potential and current customers of a brand, alongside financial data, to calculate a company's brand value. You can see the full report and methodology here.

People are worried about Apple for the silliest possible reason

The reason for concern is silly. Basically, Apple has been doing <i>too well.</i><p>The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been absolute juggernauts outperforming even the most optimistic analysts' expectations.<p>Those iPhones, which have bigger screens than Apple's previous phones, have driven Apple's earnings to …

Pipeline that leaked wasn’t equipped with auto shut-off

By Brian Melley<p>LOS ANGELES — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.<p>The original owner of the …

Santa Barbara County

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from …

A Hidden Illinois Gem – Starved Rock State Park | REI Co-op Journal

Just shy of two hours southwest of Chicago, you’ll find a beautiful Illinois state park that has some of the most gorgeous rock formations in the …

The 50 best burger joints in America, ranked

Our friends at Foursquare dug through their troves of user data to compile the list. Because the site now allows users to save and favorite venues they love, Foursquare was able to track down which burgers diners are raving about most across America.<p>To create this list, Foursquare included the …

Bank CEO to bankers: Where are your values?

When five of the world's biggest banks were busted this week for manipulating the cost of dollars and euros, they did more than violate antitrust laws. They violated the public trust.<p>The hefty punishment of Citicorp (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS …