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Everything You Need to Know About the Senate GOP Tax Plan

Senate Republicans released their vision for a tax-cut plan Thursday that would cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, with a one-year delay to …

Finance

The UN is using ethereum’s technology to fund food for thousands of refugees

Cancún, Mexico<p>The United Nations agency in charge of food aid—often billed as the largest aid organization in the world—is betting that an ethereum-based blockchain technology could be the key to delivering aid efficiently to refugees while slashing the costs of doing so.<p>The agency, known as the …

Here's how eating sugar affects your body and brain

In the late 1960s, a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard researchers $6,500 (about $50,000 today) to discount research that increasingly showed links between sugar and heart disease and to point the blame at fat instead, according to an analysis of historical …

Diabetes

Big money stays away from booming bitcoin | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin is booming, digital currency hedge funds are sprouting at the rate of two a week and the value of all cryptocurrencies has surged tenfold this year to more than $170 billion.<p>Yet for all the hype, mainstream institutional investors are steering clear of the nascent market, …

Cryptocurrency

Robots could destabilise world through war and unemployment, says UN

United Nations opens new centre in Netherlands to monitor artificial intelligence and predict possible threats<p>The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.<p>From the risk of mass …

The Future

Norway's sovereign wealth fund is now worth a trillion US dollars

It allocates the country's vast oil wealth into bonds, stocks, and to a growing extent, property. It is known to be able to move entire asset markets by its investment decisions.<p>Yesterday, the fund's total value surpassed one trillion US dollars for the first time.<p>"On Tuesday 19 September 2017 at …

Investing

Every sunset ends with a green flash. Why is it so hard to see?

Don't blink.<p>The finale of every sunset is green. Try to catch it, if you can. The story of the so-called green flash begins by answering this question: Why is the sky blue?<p>Sunlight contains every visible color, each with its own wavelength. Light travels as ripples, with crests and valleys; …

Particles

Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads

Surprise! The biggest celebrities aren’t always the highest paid.<p>Last November, actress Olivia Munn posted a video to her Instagram in preparation for the holidays: She wore green and red pajamas, she cooked a holiday turkey and she lounged on the couch with her two sweater-clad dogs.<p>She also …

Public Relations

What if we’re living in a computer simulation?

Virtual reality technology is making great advances, but it has also helped popularise a theory long debated by philosophers and now gaining supporters in Silicon Valley – that the outside world is itself a simulation<p>Have you ever wondered if life is not exactly what it’s cracked up to be? OK, …

Singularity

MORGAN STANLEY: The oil market's basic problem is not going anywhere

Cross-asset strategy analyst Adam Longson, like so many others, has lowered his forecasts for the Brent crude price in the period ahead.<p>Longson has based his downward revision on four factors: slowing demand; the decision from the US to lift its ban on crude exports; resilient global supply; and a …

Oil

U.S. OK's More Commercial Drone Use as Congress Probes Risks

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday granted four more companies exemptions to use drones commercially, further opening the airspace to unmanned aircraft even as lawmakers raised questions about the risks.<p>Trimble Navigation Ltd, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc and Woolpert Inc said in …