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Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

A foreign currency exchange service with a twist – it doesn’t exchange any money

Though quick to embrace technology in its business, the financial industry has always felt rather separate from the wider tech sector. Stringent security requirements, arcane systems and a business dominated by a few enormous companies have kept out the smaller firms that often drive innovation. …

Complex Questions About Life And Death, Explained In A Simple Animated Video

Kurzgesagt is a Munich-based studio of designers, artists, musicians, and scientists who create videos explaining complicated topics through simple animations. Founded in 2012 by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether, Kurzgesagt–German for “in a nutshell”–has released about two dozen videos explaining …

Biology

Warren Buffett’s favorite electric car company just lost a lot of juice

BYD—which stands for Build Your Dreams—is a Chinese electric-car maker with big ambitions. Warren Buffett likes it a lot, and according to FactSet his firm, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 25% of its Hong Kong-listed shares. Unfortunately for him, neither analysts nor Chinese car buyers are as enamored of …

Electric Vehicles

Mayonnaise disruptor Hampton Creek raises $90 million

In its quest to further upend the mayonnaise market, Hampton Creek, the San Francisco vegan food startup, has raised $90 million in venture capital from a hefty slate of investors that includes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.<p>The company’s latest round, which brings its total funding to $120 million, …

Report of Campus Rapes Prompts Backlash at University of Virginia

A chilling story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house has prompted a backlash from students and faculty—the early signs of …

University of Virginia

Indonesia shakes up corruption-tainted energy ministry

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s new energy minister on Tuesday launched a major shakeup of the graft-tainted ministry, requiring all top directors to re-apply for their jobs.<p>Oil Minister Sudirman Said took office last month and pledged to repair the image of his ministry, which has been rocked by a …

The Most Powerful Army You've Never Heard Of

What was once a nation with a limited presence on the international stage is acquiring advanced weaponry, instituting universal military service, and expanding its fleet of fighter jets and heavy vehicles.<p>A country of less than 10 million citizens has even proven willing frequently to use military …

Codecademy: From Zero Experience To A Tech Job In Three Months

Codecademy, a venture-backed company, offers free online training for tech workers. Since it opened in 2011, more than 25 million people have taken those courses, according to CEO Zach Sims.<p>Courses include how to build websites and e-commerce apps, which, said Sims, “use modern languages like Ruby …

1. Steven A. Cohen

Net Worth: $9.4 billion<br>Nationality: American<br>Source of Wealth: SAC Capital Advisors (hedge fund)<br>What happened: Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors in November pleaded guilty to insider trading violations while agreeing to pay a $1.2 billion penalty and to stop managing money for outside investors. The U.S. …

Dow flirts with record high as Japan gives stock markets a boost

Investors who have been waiting for good news on the global economy finally got some Friday.<p>Sparked by a surprisingly assertive policy move from the Bank of Japan, U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally to close out a wild October with what analysts see as positive momentum.<p>Japan said it would ramp …

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane broke up and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said.<p>The catastrophic breakup came after the plane dropped away from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its hybrid …

The Chinese President’s Love Affair With Confucius Could Backfire on Him

Ever since China’s President, Xi Jinping, first began to claim the reins of power in Beijing nearly two years ago, China watchers have speculated on …

China

Malaysia's Anwar says hopeful, lawyers question DNA evidence

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was a victim of a conspiracy but was hopeful of winning an appeal against a sodomy conviction and five-year prison term that could stymie his political ambitions for good.<p>Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar …

New York harassment video woman: My story isn't unique - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- What started as an expose of the harassment women face in public has turned into fodder for death- and rape threats against the woman in the viral video.<p>"There are people who've said a lot of things, but I'm not reading what they are saying," Shoshana Roberts told CNN's Anderson Cooper on …

Nato jets intercept Russian warplanes following 'unusual level of air activity'

Nato aircraft tracked Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea on Wednesday and sorties of fighters over the Baltic in what the Western alliance called an unusual burst of activity at a tense time in East-West relations.<p>In all, Nato said in a statement, its jets had intercepted …

Samsung's steep Q3 profit decline shows ongoing struggles in mobile

Samsung's third-quarter results were just as bad as the company warned, as tougher competition caused profits to tumble 74 percent year-over-year in its mobile business.<p>Overall, the South Korean electronics giant on Wednesday reported a 60 percent drop in company-wide operating profit -- its fourth …

MPAA Bans Google Glass And Other Wearable Cameras From Movie Theaters Because Duh

I’m pretty neutral on the whole face-computer thing. Would I buy Google Glass? Nah. But if you want to roll around looking like a broke-ass Robocop, we can still be friends.<p>But you should take it off your face at certain times, particularly when seeing a camera strapped to your noggin would irk …

Retailer-Backed Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Has Been Hacked, Testers’ Email Addresses Stolen

MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange), the coalition of retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Gap and others, who are backing a mobile payments solution CurrentC meant to rival newcomer Apple Pay, has been hacked. The data breach involves the theft of email addresses, but the CurrentC mobile …

Steve Ballmer made a seven-point to-do list when he retired. Here’s some of what’s on it

Steve Ballmer doesn’t sit still. When he was on stage at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Southern California Wednesday, he …

Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win

By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It effectively pushes the desktop medium forward more so than anything produced in recent memory.<p>But the Sprout is from HP.<p>Imagine if Apple had …

It's easier to get an iPhone outside Hong Kong's Apple Stores than in them

It's Wednesday afternoon, and it's packed in one of Hong Kong's three huge Apple Stores.<p>The branch in the imposing International Finance Centre in the heart of the city's business district is humming with customers. There are people at every station, clicking and swiping. And there's a long, …

Why is Sodastream pulling out of the West Bank?

Although the company says the move is based on commercial factors, it will also end a difficult year of negative publicity<p>Ad breaks during the Super Bowl are a big deal for any company, an opportunity to sell a product to more than 100 million television viewers during American football's showcase …

Calltag lets contacts know why you're calling them before dialing

If you’re tired of only reaching voicemail when you call certain contacts, Calltag might be just the app-sized answer you’ve been looking for.<p>Available for Android and iOS smartphones, the beta Calltag app works like a third-party dialer and prompts you to first select a contact and then choose …

Russian government gathers intelligence with malware: report

Malicious software designed to steal sensitive information from businesses and foreign governments is made in Russia and supported by the Russian government, a security research firm reported Tuesday.<p>The group behind the malicious software, or malware, has been identified as APT28 and has links to …

Russian Government