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Roth or traditional IRA? For max contributors, it’s no contest

An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect figure related to IRA savings because of an error in the study data. It has been corrected.<p>Is …

Nobel-Winning Economist Says the Stock Market Is 'Way Over-Priced'

Approach with caution<p>Donald Trump’s election has been a boon for stocks: Since Nov. 7, the Dow is up 17%, the S&P 500 is up 14%, and the NASDAQ is up …

The Startup Luring Millennials With $5 Micro-Investing

Millennials are a potential gold mine for money managers. Stash is the latest startup looking to reel them in by leveraging the power of their spare …

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

Physics

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

British Columbia

June 2015

Diversity

Want to live to 120? Here’s how ....

Britons could live to 120 if they just exercised more, ate healthily and took beneficial drugs such as statins, scientists say<p>In an era that is obsessed with youth, it is unsurprising that so much time is devoted to fighting the ravages of age.<p>But a new study suggests that slowing the ageing …

APOD: The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble (2014 Nov 09) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141109.html Explanation: To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally sharpened Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.esa.int/ESA http://www.spacetelescope.org/about_us/heic/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/ http://www.stsci.edu/ http://www.aura-astronomy.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141109 #APOD

Dalai Lama enlightens and enraptures contemplative scientists in Boston

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was given a rapturous reception by mindfulness researchers, but tactfully avoided the controversial question of applications in the military<p>When the Dalai Lama began a dialogue with cognitive scientists in 1987 to explore how the insights gained by Buddhist …

Here's How To Get A Job At The CIA

But speaking with Forbes, CIA head of recruitment Ron Patrick explained what it takes to get a job at one of the most secretive wings of the US government. And much of it looks like a pretty standard job application. You can even apply online now.<p>"Everything out there — movies and books — make it …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer paint beautiful shadows based on the maths of stereographic projection, a method originally used by cartographers to map the Earth<p>Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically …

APOD: Iridescent Cloud Edge Over Colorado (2014 Oct 29) Image Credit & Copyright: Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy, Slate) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141029.html Explanation: Sometimes your eclipse viewing goes bad in an interesting way. While watching and photographing last Thursday's partial solar eclipse, a popular astronomy blogger suffered through long periods of clouds blocking the Sun. Unexpectedly, however, a nearby cloud began to show a rare effect: iridescence. Frequently part of a more familiar solar corona effect, iridescence is the diffraction of sunlight around a thin screen of nearly uniformly-sized water droplets. Different colors of the sunlight become deflected by slightly different angles and so come to the observer from slightly different directions. This display, featured here, was quite bright and exhibited an unusually broad range of colors. On the right, the contrails of an airplane are also visible. http://www.slate.com/authors.phil_plait.html http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html 2015 APOD Calendar: Weather and Volcanoes http://friendsofapod.org/?page_id=42 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141029 #APOD

Why Popular Video Game 'League Of Legends' Is Bringing In $1 Billion

Riot Games, the company behind "League of Legends," has a very unconventional business model.<p>"League of Legends" — which is basically like a more-complicated video game version of capture the flag— is huge in the e-sports world. In January it boasted a staggering 27 million daily active players. …

I Was Locked In a Room For An Hour For a Live Action Video Game

It was kind of like Saw meets lame video games.<p>Image: <i>Real Escape Game</i><p>When I told my claustrophobic father I was going to be locked into a windowless room, forced to solve puzzles to escape, his immediate reaction was mild anxiety. “You don’t have to do this,” he said, repeatedly. “If anything goes …

APOD: Auroras over Northern Canada (2014 Jul 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Kwon O Chul (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140714.html Explanation: Gusting solar winds and blasts of charged particles from the Sun resulted in several rewarding nights last December for those anticipating auroras. The above image captured dramatic auroras stretching across a sky near the town of Yellowknife in northern Canada. The auroras were so bright that they not only inspired awe, but were easily visible on an image exposure of only 1.3 seconds. A video taken concurrently shows the dancing sky lights evolving in real time as tourists, many there just to see auroras, respond with cheers. The conical dwellings on the image right are teepees, while far in the background, near the image center, is the constellation of Orion. http://www.twanight.org/kwon Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140714 #APOD

Republican Congressman Thinks He Can Prove God Exists With A Simple Equation

A Republican congressman has apparently figured out the solution to the age-old philosophical question mankind has been trying to figure out for a very long time.<p>Proving God exists or does not exist has been a difficult endeavor for many, but Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) gave it a try at a prayer …

Halo 3 'easter egg' found after seven years

Obscure hidden feature in the classic sci-fi shooter is discovered at last by YouTube gamer<p>Game designers love to hide things in their virtual worlds. An in-joke, a weird object, a strange play mode – whatever it is, they're usually all discovered within weeks of release. But YouTube gamer Lord …

The three majestic natural bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu" in honor of the Native Americans that once made this area their home. This is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the United States. Photo: Manish Mamtani

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …