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The Rise Of The Hedge Fund Startup Investor (Again)

The first question I thought of when I read that San Francisco hedge fund Coatue Management was the backer behind Snapchat’s $50 million round of funding was which VC firm lost the deal. My second question was why take money from a hedge fund?<p>In the past two years or so, you have seen more hedge …

Senate panel launches inquiry in Bitcoin, other virtual currencies

Following suit with other government bodies, the Committee on Homeland Security asks financial regulators and law enforcement agencies to report on "threats and risks related to virtual currency."<p>Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are getting hit from all sides by U.S. regulators. The Senate …

Cryptocurrency

When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.<p>So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?<p>If you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you …

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says

"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.<p>In many respects, we view entrepreneurs as successful, self-made men and women. We value their innovation and charitable endeavors. Yet we also associate plenty of negative …

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …

Earth's Life-Forms Collected to Aid in Genetic Research

The Smithsonian plans to create a huge bank of genetic samples to enable study of the planet's diversity through DNA sequencing.<p><b>It took a decade and nearly $3 billion to completely sequence the human genome. Now researchers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History are helping to tackle</b> …

TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better? Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.<p>Transcript<p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:<p>Time now for an idea worth spreading from the TED Radio Hour. What if there were a way to hack into your …

Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.<p>“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too …

Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

It seems like the Midwest is a hotbed for medical mysteries these days.<p>Earlier this week, scientists traced a brand-new virus to ticks in Missouri. Now disease detectives are hot on the trail of another puzzling pathogen in the heartland.<p>A stomach bug has sickened at least 321 people across 14 …

Surf's Up for Pathogenic Viruses and Bacteria, Too

Scientists Train People To Not Be Jerks

To be excellent to one another, just try out some Buddhist meditation.<p>If you're kind of a jerk, but at least concerned about your jerk-ness, take heart: researchers say they've shown it's possible to increase compassion in adults.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison actually has a whole department …

What Salamanders Could Teach Scientists About Growing Human Limbs

Regeneration, salamander-style<p>In an attempt to recreate the plot of multiple recent superhero movies, a team of Australian scientists is looking into the regenerative properties of salamanders--and into how humans can pull off the same trick.<p>Salamanders, specifically the axolotl, are vertebrates …

This 3-D Printed Bioplastic Windpipe Saved A Baby's Life

The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.<p>We've seen plenty of 3-D printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-D printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the …

This misshapen blotch was once the brightest supernova ever recorded

In the spring of the year 1006, Earth's sky was drastically altered by the appearance of a supernova that was brighter than the entire combined night …

Herschel telescope goes blind, ends mission

The Herschel space observatory has exhausted its supply of liquid helium coolant, essential to cool the observatory’s instruments.<p>ESA announced …

Europe Bans Pesticides In Move To Protect Honey Bees

Three popular pesticides will soon be illegal in the European Union, where officials hope the change helps restore populations of honey bees, vital to crop production, to healthy levels. The new ban will be enacted in December.<p>"I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to …

Saturn Shows Off A Massive Spinning Vortex: 'The Rose'

NASA is calling it "The Rose." By any other name, it's a mammoth storm on Saturn's north pole. Its eye spans an estimated 1,250 miles — 20 times the size of an average hurricane's eye on Earth. Winds in the Saturn storm's eye wall are believed to be four times as fast.<p>The stunning image of the …

Who knew a monstrous Saturnian hurricane could look so lovely?

The eye of a super-hurricane at Saturn's north pole looks like a peaceful red rose in a fresh bouquet of pictures from NASA's Cassini orbiter. But don't be fooled: That rosy appearance is merely due to the false colors ascribed to infrared wavelengths.<p>This storm's eye measures 1,250 miles (2,000 …

Science Weekly podcast: the origin of life

<b>Alok Jha</b> is joined by <b>Adam Rutherford</b> to discuss how life began some 4bn years ago – and the manipulation of its blueprint, DNA, through genetic …

Ad Targeters Are Laying the Groundwork for Visual Advertising

Images account for nearly 50 percent of the average Facebook News Feed’s content. Assuming Facebook is a proxy for the entire Internet, then roughly …

Advertising Industry

It's Going To Be A Busy Week For The Economy

Meanwhile, the latest reports continue to suggest that the U.S. is heading for a spring swoon. As such, everyone will be looking for clues of a pick-up or slowdown in economic activity.<p>Indeed, this week will be busy with economic data, and major companies like Caterpillar, Apple, Boeing, Starbucks, …

Markets
Markets

Twitter's Hashtag-Powered Comedy Festival Sounds Confusing

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The entertainment industry's looking pretty experimental these days, with the announcement of a new …

Japan Is On Another Huge Tear

The market disturbances of the first half of last week seem to be fading into memory a bit.<p>Things have calmed down, and the bull market trends are returning a bit.<p>The yen is weakening (with USDJPY nearing 100) and the Nikkei is on a huge tear.<p>Also, U.S. futures are currently pointing to a green …

Market Trends

Once Again, The Yen Is Getting Close To A Major Milestone

The week begins, and once again, the yen is nearing a major milestone.<p>USDJPY (Dollar vs. Yen) is near 100, a level that has been neared sevearl times, only to see the yen strengthen, and the pair repelled downward.

Japanese Yen

Google Paid This Man $100 Million: Here's His Story

Two years ago, Twitter was in disarray.<p>On April 14, 2011, Fortune's Jessi Hempel blasted Twitter for failing to launch exciting new products, generate meaningful revenues, or hang on to executive talent.<p>None of this was news to Twitter's board members or CEO Dick Costolo, of course.<p>They'd spent the …

Startups

Russians most interested in Bitcoin, searches show

Russia is the country most interested in Bitcoin, internet searches show, after a week in which the controversial electronic currency reached a record high and led to talk of a bubble.<p>The virtual currency, which allows users to circumvent the banks, burst into the mainstream as the price of a …

Sea lion is first non-human mammal shown to keep a beat

Previously, only birds with talents for vocal mimicry were thought to possess rhythmic ability in the animal kingdom.<p>Ronan, a sea lion at the …