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Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Religion

Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel

Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an avid supporter of Donald Trump, earned headlines this week for his defense of the president’s adultery with a porn star. Regarding the affair and subsequent financial payments, Jeffress explained, “Even if it’s true, it doesn’t …

Faith

The Best Senior Teams Thrive on Disagreement

Most team leaders try to build cohesion on their teams. Through team-building exercises and the careful establishment of norms and processes, leaders aim to create a culture of trust, psychological safety, and good feeling.<p>But should enterprise leadership teams also pursue cohesion? To explore this …

Management

Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior

Deep inside the Sun’s interior, the fusion of lighter nuclei into heavier ones causes a tiny amount of mass to be lost, converted into energy via the famous <i>E = mc2</i>. At temperatures of 4,000,000 K or above, all the way up to 15,000,000 K in the Sun’s very center, hydrogen and helium isotopes build …

Physics

Wetlands stopped $625 million in property damage during Hurricane Sandy. Can they help Houston?

Wetlands are nature’s sponges during hurricanes. Those along the coast slow down storm surges, physically impeding water from sloshing onshore. …

Louisiana fights the sea, and loses

WHEN Roosevelt Falgout was a boy, the brackish water that now laps within a few feet of his three-room cabin at Isle de Jean Charles was miles off. …

Rulers, Religion and Riches by Jared Rubin – why the west got rich

Why are some parts of the world rich, and other parts poor? In the west many of us live in conditions almost unimaginably more comfortable than billions of people in regions where economic growth and development have been slower. Inequality defines our world. As the Nobel prize-winning economist …

Religion

Does It Pay to Hire Consultants? Evidence from the Bordeaux Wine Industry

Consulting is pervasive in many industries. Yet the use of consultants remains controversial. Why would firms give away key activities to hired guns? Why would these “mercenaries” perform these activities better than in-house employees? Many employees dismiss consultants as people who “borrow your …

Wine

How A High-Earner Couple Got $100,000 Into Roth IRAs Via The Backdoor

If it’s tax season, it’s Roth season. High-income earners can’t open Roth IRAs directly; but there’s a backdoor way in. Since 2010 Congress has allowed Roth conversions for all taxpayers, regardless of income, so high-income earners can get Roths by first opening a traditional IRA that’s …

Retirement

The Two Biggest Mistakes In Setting Up A Single-Family Office

With the boom in private wealth and the rich getting richer, the number of new single-family offices is keeping pace. A consequence of the boom in single-family offices is that a percentage of them are being setup badly.<p>According to Angelo Robles, founder and CEO of the Family Office Association, …

Genealogy

How to invest like... the Guinness family

There are few families as famous as the Guinness family, who made their money with the eponymous brewing empire and are still thought to be worth more than £850m.<p>Arthur Guinness founded Guinness Breweries, having bought a 900-year lease on St James' Gate brewery in Dublin in 1759. The business was …

Investing

Can Science Prove The Existence Of God?

There’s an argument that many people make: that the natural world, and humanity’s existence in the Universe, point towards a divine creator that brought forth all of this into existence. To the best of our knowledge, Earth exists with a plethora of conditions that allowed for our existence, and …

Universe

Family Limited Partnership Can Help Lower Gift and Estate Taxes

Family Limited Partnership Can Help Lower Gift and Estate Taxes<p>Using a Pooled Investment Structure Can Help Families Pass on More Wealth<p>Updated …

We Interviewed Health Care Leaders About Their Industry, and They’re Worried

However the Trump administration and the Republican U.S. Congress replace or revamp the Affordable Care Act, it is unlikely to halt America’s ongoing move from the rightfully maligned fee-for-service payment system to one that pays for “value” — the quality of outcomes relative to the price. …

Health Care

Charitable Giving in the United States Is Broken Because of This Tax Incentive

Donor-advised funds are making it harder for nonprofits to get the financial assistance they need.<p>Charitable giving certainly feels like it's at an all-time high. Whether it's high-profile celebrities giving away the bulk of their net worth, or a powerful corporation parting with a large gift, it's …

Retirement

Wish You Could Be a Philanthropist AND Impact Investor? A New Fund Lets You Do Both

What if you could start your own foundation – but with no administrative hassles or set-up costs?<p>Even better, what if you could use your foundation to make loans to nonprofits and social enterprises so that your capital could be repeatedly recycled to create impact again and again and again?<p>A new …

Loans

Why the Berkshire Hathaway Wealth Model is So Successful

Use the Berkshire Hathaway Wealth Model in Your Life<p>Focus on Two Buckets of Value - Operating Income and Marketable Securities<p>Updated April 07, …

Investing

All of the US's energy consumption in one giant graphic

Today's graphic is special type of flow chart, called a Sankey diagram.<p>This particular one shows the total estimated energy consumption in the United States in 2015, and how energy flowed from source to the final destination. The graphic comes to us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory …

Energy

The $2.5 Billion U.S. Power Line No State Can Stop

A $2.5-billion transmission line carrying wind power to the U.S. Southeast is coming -- whether state regulators there like it or not.<p>On Friday, the …

Renewable Energy

Here's how Warren Buffett views risk

Warren Buffett<p>Bill Pugliano / Getty<p>What is risk?<p>According to modern portfolio theory, risk can be divided into two elements: <b>systematic risk</b> and <b>unsystematic risk.</b><p>Systemic Risk<p>Systematic risk - also called undiversifiable risk or market risk - is the risk inherent in the overall market and is <i>not</i> …

Investing

There's a wrong way to save wetlands - Futurity

For decades it's been common practice to leave space between new plants when restoring wetlands. It turns out that's likely all wrong.

Wetlands

Wealthy Families Create Private Trust Companies For Privacy, Protection, Tax Savings, And Control

Beloved basketball great “Magic” Johnson has said that you can’t play the other team’s game. They will beat you every time. You need to take control of the game and force the other team to play your game.<p>During one NBA championship, things weren’t looking good for the Lakers. They were plagued by …

Finance

Europe's most popular source of 'renewable' energy is worse for the planet than coal

We're not talking about wind, solar, or hydroelectric power here. The biggest renewable in Europe is wood pellets.<p>Burning wood — technically labeled a "renewable" resource since more trees can be replanted and they'll absorb carbon from the air — is the European Union's largest source of …

Fossil Fuels

Crop dusters seed mangroves by air to save Louisiana wetlands

Mangroves

Federal judge blocks Obama’s water rule

A federal judge in North Dakota acted late on Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was …

Attorneys argue powers during hearing on federal water rule

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys argued over state and federal powers for more than four hours Friday on an effort by 13 states to block a new rule that gives U.S. authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.<p>North Dakota is leading a lawsuit filed on June 29 challenging an Obama administration rule …

North Dakota

Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop the EPA Doesn’t Want to Control

Managing Editor, Environment & Climate News at The Heartland Institute<p>H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is managing editor of Environment & Climate News and …

How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Coconut Oil

Oregano, Basil, Rosemary and Dill. Image by Orissa Mora-Kent<p><b>By Orissa Mora-Kent<br>Health Impact News</b><p>It’s springtime again, and everything is growing …

Startups