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Shell has struck first with its bold, $70 billion acquisition of an oil industry pioneer

Shell today fired the first shot in the battle for survival among the last few members of an old, rarefied and insular club—Big Oil. Its $70 billion acquisition of BG, a successful pioneer at some of the world’s richest frontiers, isn’t exactly a surprise, since the market has expected the onset of …

Oil

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy

Emojis

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'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.<p>Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.<p>The couple have asked "for …

Mad Men

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

Psychology

In Search Of European Unicorns

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Fred Destin moved to London to join Accel Partners in September 2014 after 10 years at Atlas Venture in Boston.</i><p>When you look at the returns of a typical VC fund, they may appear somewhat evenly distributed. For instance, 25 percent of the portfolio may be worth zero, 25 percent may …

Venture Capital