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15 books Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk think everyone should read

Books have always been important to billionaire moguls like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.<p>Over the years, the trio has sung the praises of several books that influenced the way they see the world, from their approach to technological innovation to how they manage their businesses.<p>Here are …

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5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Eight things smart people never reveal about themselves at work

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can …

10 books '4-Hour Work Week' author Tim Ferriss thinks everyone should read

Tim Ferriss, the productivity expert, author and inspirational speaker, is an avid reader, and has highlighted many books on his show and through his blog, seeking to share some of the same wisdom that inspires him.<p>From self-help to science fiction, there is something for everyone, and these 10 …

New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit — here's what it's like

Less than a mile from Manhattan — one of the priciest and most densely populated places in the world — exists a little-known island that people abandoned nearly 55 years ago.<p>"North Brother Island is among New York City's most extraordinary and least known heritage and natural places," wrote the …

Dreams of wealth, fears of problems as Guyana finds oil

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Sleepy Guyana has long been one of the hemisphere's poorest places, a sparsely populated nation on South America's northern …

The Big Oil Squeeze

Don’t give up on crude oil.<p>I know black gold’s roller-coaster ride has been a frustrating one for many investors. Oil crept back toward $50 per …

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost -- and How Much Money Do They Save?

Much like electric cars, solar panels once seemed "alternative," even fanciful -- but are now soaring into the mainstream with ear-popping speed. There have been a lot of recent changes in the technology, bringing the price way down. And with the promise of lower energy bills, it's no wonder that …

World’s largest solar power plant planned for Chernobyl nuclear wasteland

The world’s most famous and damaging nuclear meltdown is now being considered for the world’s largest solar power plant. The Ukrainian nuclear power station Chernobyl had a nuclear meltdown on April 26, 1986. Since then 1,600 square miles of land has been deemed an ‘exclusion zone’ as the radiation …

Chernobyl

GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been captured and sequestered from coal plants? Scientists from General Electric (GE) could solve both those problems at once by using CO2 as a giant …

15 Of The Best Dive Spots In The World

Found Nemo.<p>It’s time to slip on some flippers, because these locations should not be missed.<p>The experts at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) have scoured the globe and compiled a list of must-see dive spots around the world.<p>The locations span six continents and vary from …

We've spent the last 3 years using Airbnb to live in 50 countries — here's how we afford it

<i>Here, they share their tips for traveling the world on a budget.</i><p>We've lived for a short time in 50 countries. In order to stay within our budget, we have to spread "the wealth" over expensive and less expensive destinations so it evens out.<p>Scandinavia, Israel and the UK are expensive. Mexico, …

17 of the best under-the-radar islands in Europe

Even if you haven't done much traveling in Europe, though, these breathtaking islands are well worth the detour.<p>They boast laid-back cultures, quiet charm, and an unspoiled nature that simply cannot be matched by the European mainland.<p>So pack your best camera, and get ready for an adventure.

Watch Out, Coal! Dubai Announces Plans For World's Lowest Cost Solar Plant

King Coal is taking a lot of blows recently. But at least it could usually count on being the cheapest alternative. Now even that’s called into question.<br>The latest battering to coal’s standing came when Dubai announced June 27 that it would build a massive 800-megawatt solar plant that will produce …

Renewable Energy

100 Percent Renewable Energy? We Have the Power.

Imagine: You wake one up one spring weekday morning, on a day like today. While you were sleeping, wind turbines, along with the battery in your electric car, produced much of the electricity that powered your water heater and charged your phone. You take a hot shower, then make breakfast for your …

Cabin crew’s sneaky mile high scam

A NEW survey conducted by British flight attendants reveals the dodgy behaviour they get up to during the flight.

The future is a pen and this microwavable notepad

Despite the abundance of technology that I surround myself with (laptop, phone, second monitor, tablet, camera, ridiculously heavy and terrible iPad charger) the two tool that never outlive their welcome in my daily repertoire is a pen and notepad.<p>I’ve tried using a whole range of different …

What oil freeze? Saudi Arabia and Russia pump more

So much for that agreement to freeze output.<p>The latest oil market data reveal that both Russia and Saudi Arabia ramped up their oil production in February, despite talks about supply caps.<p>The two oil countries agreed to freeze output at January levels last month, which caused oil prices to rally. …

Where do the oil sands fit in a low-carbon future?

<i>Jeff Rubin is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the author of</i> The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts.<p>Oil sands producers may have collectively breathed a sigh of relief on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent failure to get the premiers …

GE has a crazy new plan to harvest CO2 from the atmosphere and use it to store solar energy

If there’s one “resource” the planet has too much of, it’s carbon dioxide. One of the primary components to the greenhouse gases thought to be …

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The oil industry is using solar power in an ironic new way

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There’s a huge project taking shape in the deserts of Oman. It will extract crude oil from the ground by pumping vast quantities of steam into it. To produce the steam, water will be brought to a boil using as much as a gigawatt of energy. The source of that energy: the …

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Europe's Happiest City Is...

After polling citizens, the European Union has announced its findings.<p>In December, the United Nations named Norway the best country in the world for the 12th year in a row. Then last month, Germany topped the <i>U.S. News & World Report</i>'s "Best Countries" index. Now, a European Union survey conducted …

The world's 20 oldest cities

The high court halted Obama's climate change plan. This doesn't bode well | Scott Lemieux

The presidential election just got even more important – it will be a choice between a president in favor of climate action and one who would ignore it<p>Hours before New Hampshire’s primary voters made Donald Trump the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night – I can’t really …

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Facebook has spent billions of dollars on investments — and it's just getting started

Those are the words of Facebook CFO Dave Wehner on the company's recent fourth-quarter earnings call. To his point, Facebook increased its spending significantly in 2015, up 55% on a non-GAAP basis for the year. At the same time, fourth-quarter operating margin increased to 60% last year, up from …

The hedge fund that blasted Yahoo’s $7 million holiday party isn’t buying Marissa Mayer’s rebuttal

She described them as "gross mischaracterizations and untruths spread about Yahoo," saying the actual costs were only about one-third of what has been reported.<p>Given that the $7 million and $450 million figures first came out of the famous 99-page slide deck put together by SpringOwl Asset …

The McLaren 675LT is the supercar for high-tech speed worshippers

McLaren builds supercars for people who love technology. Ferrari builds them for people who are into a sexy, screaming engine and breathtaking styling, and Lamborghini builds them for people who had Lamborghini posters on their bedroom walls as teenagers. Pagani builds them for artists. Porsche …

It’s a Chinese Ponzi scheme that should really scare us

Forget Bernie Madoff - China's Ding Ning is the face of an industry which is beginning to crumble<p>One evening in December 2008, Bernie Madoff sat his sons down to tell them that he had swindled hundreds of his clients out of billions of dollars. He knew the game was up. He’d already written last …

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Apple Has Wasted Billions on Buybacks

In the past several years, Apple’s leaders have been touting the benefits—and wisdom—of its gigantic stock repurchase campaign. That wisdom, given …