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Former Teacher Builds A Multimillion-Dollar Global Business 'Engineering For Kids'

<b>Part of the series “Women, Leadership and Vision”</b><p>Recent research has explored this important question: In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few female scientists and engineers? Compelling evidence suggests there are key environmental and …

Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune

In case you haven’t heard, the moon landings were faked, the measles vaccine causes autism, climate change is a hoax, and genetically modified crops (GMOs) are, you know, the pits. If you want evidence, just check the Internet.<p>Scientists like me adopt all kinds of strategies in trying to combat …

Public Health

Five Unmistakable Signs You're Underpaid

It is easy to be underpaid because pay negotiations are private. Unless you work in a job where salary levels are published — including a lot of government jobs as well as other kinds — nobody will know what you earn apart from your employer and yourself, unless you tell them. This is good and …

Disney Tops Global Ranking Of The Most Powerful Brands In 2016

The world’s most famous mouse has toppled Lego’s multi-colored throne.<p>Each year, global consultancy Brand Finance ranks the world’s most powerful brands, framing the sometimes nebulous moniker “brand” as “a marketing related intangible asset including, but not limited to, names, terms, signs, …

Want People To Respect You? Don't Do These 6 Things

Recently I attended a mini author conference put on by my wonderful publisher, Bibliomotion. Over the course of the day, we talked a good deal about the importance of presenting yourself as a credible source of information. As Erika Heilman, one of Biblio’s founders, says: “Why you?”<p>We were …

Harvard Business School

Investment Long Term With Less Risk

One of the most interesting words in the investing business is “risk.” It connotes danger, but also opportunity. And we misunderstand it at nearly every turn when saving for retirement.<p>Consider this old riddle from your elementary school science teacher. What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a …

Seven Steps To Pull Back From Financial Failure

You survived the holidays. You’ve tossed or stored the decorations and reordered your space (and your life) to January normal. The last reminders of celebration are the credit card bills that rolled in on schedule. If your New Year’s resolution was to be more financially responsible, this arrival …

Despite Stillborn Deal, Saudi-Russian Petrodiplomacy Could Reshape The Future Of Oil

<b>The Saudi-Iran grudge match still hangs over the oil patch.</b><p>Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world’s two largest oil exporters, finally reached an agreement on Tuesday to raise the price of oil, committing with Qatar and Venezuela to cap future production at January levels. But the petropower accord may …