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Eco-Conscious Enterprise: Contemporary Zero Net Energy Home in Santa Cruz

Building a sustainable family home that takes care of all its energy needs even as it keeps the carbon footprint to a bare minimum is an idea that is …

Santa Cruz

The millionaire case against Bernie Sanders

Rob May, the CEO of virtual recruitment firm Talla, writes how he was recently asked by an Elizabeth Warren supporter whether government should write …

Bernie Sanders

White Americans are nearly as blind to their racism as ever before

Along time ago, after a church service on a bright Sunday morning in the small town where I grew up, I heard one of the deacons tell another that he didn't believe colored people really wanted civil rights and integration. "If God had meant white people and black people to mix he would have made …

Google's self-driving cars can circle the equator 5 times an hour

You think your commute is bad? Google’s self-driving cars are doing 3 million miles every day, according to the company’s January report.<p>As it stands, the cars have clocked up more than 1 million miles driving autonomously on public roads, but using simulators, the vehicles are racking up 3 million …

Young voters are failing Bernie Sanders, just as they’ve failed so many before

The senator from Vermont is Hillary Clinton’s rival in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>The senator from Vermont is Hillary Clinton’s rival in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.<p>When Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire by a wide margin, he was understandably …

Middle-class

How 'negative interest rates' marked the end of central bank dominance

Most of the actions of central bankers – immensely powerful individuals who steer whole economies – pass largely unnoticed in everyday life.<p>Late last year, however, the customers of one small Swiss bank were among the first to confront the problems these monetary policymakers are now facing.<p>"We …

Jokes

There Are Crazy Valuations, and Then There Are the Valuations of These 3 Stocks

Crazy valuations can go both ways. Sometimes, stocks look incredibly cheap or expensive, which can prove to be opportunities to jump in or get out. The real question is always whether the market is right or if shares are being mispriced because of market inefficiencies.<p>Here are three stocks that …

We’re recycling way too much and it isn’t benefiting the economy or the environment — here’s how design can help

But recent research into the environmental costs and benefits and some tough-to-ignore market realities have even the most ardent of recycling fans questioning the current system.<p>No one is saying that using old things to make new things is intrinsically a bad idea, but consensus is building around …

Sustainability

Research finds that people are happiest on Saturdays — here's how to recreate 'weekend happiness' every day

At least that's what this survey found. Yet while the exact time of 7:26 p.m. seems strange, there have been multiple studies to back up that people are generally happier on weekends.<p>A team of researchers from Rochester University found that regardless of how much money you make, how many hours you …

Happiness

Declutter a Room's Decor

If you are a maximalist, then you know that there can be a very fine line between <i>"Well now, this living room is looking layered and full of life!"</i> …

Home Decorating

How Underpaid Are You Relative To The Rest Of America?

Let’s see!<p>In 2013, Kevin Short put together an infographic and bullet list summing up America’s inequality crisis, based on 2012 info about net …

Money