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Which gaming laptops are worth buying?

For years, the wisdom has been that if you wanted a dedicated gaming machine, you bought a desktop. Gaming components were too unwieldy to fit in a notebook form factor, and if you tried to put together a machine with desktop-caliber components, it always ended up too big and heavy to be truly …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

Space Science

How to Be a Good Programmer

There is more than one type of programmer. When I left grad school, I was a SAS programmer. Since then, I've learned other languages and don't really use SAS anymore. You could refer to me as a Python, HTML, CSS and JavaScript programmer. Basically, I'm a statistician who can do some website …

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5 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated

Getting yourself motivated while running your business may seem like a challenge.<p>What keeps you moving forward today might not be the same as the other day. It is not going to be easy to sustain motivation, especially when life keeps on making it difficult for you to do something.<p>I've previously …

Motivation

5 Unique Ways To Keep Your Brain Young

While our brains do lose volume over time, the good news is that your brain is a machine -- capable of regrowth and the ability to learn new things throughout your lifetime. But exercising your brain and whole body are crucial. Here are some unique ways you can ensure your brain stays sharp as you …

People with these rare brain disorders have a disturbingly skewed perception of reality

These are just a few of the strange brain disorders that have plagued a rare set of people over the years. Oliver Sacks' classic book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" introduced us to some of the strangest brain disorders people suffer from, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.<p>Here are a …

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Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control

China currency devaluation signals endgame leaving equity markets free to collapse under the weight of impossible expectations<p>When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the …

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Is This The End Of Employment?

Our client Scott got a great job offer and he was ready to accept it, but then at the last minute he wavered. He called us to ask for our advice.<p>“Do you think I should take this offer?” he asked. “I was all ready to sign the offer letter and then I felt a twitch. You’ve taught me to listen to my …

Don't believe your ears: the best classical music hoaxes

From the devious aristocrat to the invention of an entire genre, we pick some of classical music’s best hoaxes and hoaxers<p>It’s not just literature and visual art. Classical music has also been a happy hunting ground for hoaxers over the centuries. In a market that’s less driven by cash than the art …

Jokes

A Wall Street guide to bar etiquette

Read this, absorb it, and the next time you're out in a bar, imbibe… and abide by these simple rules for bar etiquette, and a few tips for your drinking pleasure:<p>1. Be a regular at more than one bar. It's a good hedge, if like me, you've been banned from a few<p>2. Be patient. There's no line to get …

No matter what A-levels you get, your parents' wealth will still determine your future

Private school pupils earn more than their peers even when they get the same grades. If we really care about social mobility, education alone is not enough<p>Across the country on Thursday, anxious students and their parents will get their A-level results.<p>For most families the stakes are high. A good …

Sociology

The Most Successful Job Interview Tactic

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>Having coached the full range of job seekers, from entry-level candidates to C-suite executives, I learned the one job interview tactic that makes the difference between success and failure. This same tactic works for coaches and consultants …

Employment

An exercise scientist told us 4 big things people get wrong about working out and weight loss

iStock<p>When it comes down to it, the biggest reason many people start workout programs in the first place is to lose weight.<p>Over and over again we've …

Exercise

Nasa astronauts take first bites of lettuce grown in space: ‘Tastes like arugula’

The bountiful harvest aboard the International Space Station is part of Nasa’s Veggie experiment to make spacecrafts more self-sustaining for longer missions<p>It was one small bite for man, one giant meal for mankind.<p>On a gustatory adventure never attempted by humanity, astronauts have for the first …

Four Fitness Foods You Should Avoid

The Journal Of Marketing Research recently released the article "The Effect of Fitness Branding on Restrained Eaters' Food Consumption and Post-Consumption Physical Activity". In the article, the authors looks into the effects of food branded as "fitness" food, specifically investigating whether …

Nutrition

Why Apple Investors Should Worry

The big revelation in the financial media is that “Apple stock is in a correction.” Well, it’s a little late for that. The handwriting was on the wall for the past five months. The stock is now back to where it was last January. This means anyone who bought since that time holds the stock at a …

Stock Markets

How A Couple Of 'Frugal Weirdos' Are Saving 71% Of Their Income So They Can Retire At Age 33

What do you do when you’re fed up with your job and always living for the weekend?<p>If you’re this young Boston couple, you decide to save more than two thirds of your income so you can retire to a homestead in the woods of Vermont before your 35th birthdays.<p>Meet Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods, a software …

Personal Finance

Your brain is particularly vulnerable to trauma at two distinct ages

Our brain’s ability to process information and adapt effectively is dependent on a number of factors, including genes, nutrition, and life experiences. These life experiences wield particular influence over the brain during a few sensitive periods when our most important muscle is most likely to …

The Brain

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The language you speak may affect your ability to get rich

Oftentimes, the biggest thing holding us back from accumulating wealth is ourselves.<p>However, there may be another significant factor — one that we <i>can't</i> control: the language we speak.<p>That's what Keith Chen, behavioral economist and economics professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, deduced …

Airbus just patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in 1 hour

In other words, Airbus just patented a hypersonic jet.<p>Airbus expects the jet to reach speeds as high as Mach 4.5 — or 4 1/2 times the speed of sound.<p>According to PatentYogi's Deepak Gupta, this means the Airbus jet could make the trip from London to New York in just one hour. That's a significant …

Aviation

How Peter Voogd Went From Zero To A Six-Figure Income In 6 Months

At age 18, he told himself that he’d never work a normal job again. Now Peter Voogd is a millionaire media entrepreneur and best-selling book author. But generating wealth wasn’t always glamorous for Voogd.<p>“I didn’t even have money to go to the drive-thru,” Voogd recalls. His frustration with …

Entrepreneurship

This is how the FBI hunts down the world's most notorious cyber-criminals

There is now a growing underground economy for cyber-crime. It is no longer the preserve of just the hacker elite. The market is thriving, said Symantec in one of its most recent threat reports. More cyber-criminals, whether sophisticated or glorified script kiddies, means more work for authorities …

Computer Hacking

7 Simple Tweaks That Make Your Brain Work Remarkably Well

Your brain is influenced by a wide array of factors. Here's how to get it working at its best.<p>Have you gotten through all the important tasks you need or hope to get done today? Neither have I. Yet with ever-more-loaded schedules, tight deadlines, and the constant flow of new opportunities, most of …

The Real Secret to Success Isn't Really a Secret

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over my career, I have observed people with different personalities, backgrounds, and behavioral styles achieve success in life. Many times I wondered if there was a reoccurring theme running through their success stories that would …

Self-improvement

The best of Britain's great outdoors

My eyes used to glaze over at the very mention of the word geology. But it is the furnace in which the priceless asset of our National Parks was forged. Look at a geological map of Britain and you will see one of the most complicated geologies of a land mass our size anywhere in the world. And it …

Giant air-sucking machines could be the solution to Earth's scary carbon dioxide problem

Canadian company Carbon Engineering is building machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the air by pulling it through a fluid, where it can either be discarded or recycled to be used as fuel.<p>Trees do the same thing, but the fan machines would ideally be built in areas where you couldn't plant …

Carbon Dioxide

How a tech executive turned a fudge store into an international candy empire

<i>Frank Crail was running a successful tech business when he and his wife decided to start a family in the small town of Durango, Colo., in 1981. Since</i> …

6 Ways to Be a More Sustainable Traveler

Travel<p>Reduce your impact on the planet, support local economies, and protect wildlife.<p>The United Nations designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development—an opportunity to raise global awareness about how responsible tourism can act as a vehicle for positive change.<p>The …