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How a Battery Breakthrough May Lead to Electric Cars That Charge in Seconds

Why "flow batteries" might be the answer.<p>An impediment to electric car adoption is the fact that they can take a long time to charge. That means for …

Clean Energy

Vaping may damage immune system and lead to lung disease, study suggests

Vaping speeds up the death of lung cells by 50 fold and could trigger lung diseases in later life, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists at the University of Birmingham found that the vapour inhaled from e-cigarettes damages immune cells, preventing them from clearing out harmful bacteria.<p>The researchers …

Public Health

Heavy rains in Kenya reveal a crack that shows Africa will split into two continents

Heavy rains caused havoc in Kenya in March, collapsing hospital walls, flooding entire neighborhoods, and closing off major highways. The downpour also exposed a fault line that geologists now say is evidence that the African continent will split into two over the next tens of millions of years.<p>The …

Horn of Africa

One Chart Explains Why You Should Own Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The past month and a half have been a rough time to be a Bitcoin investor. After seeing its value rise from $5,850 in late June to almost $8,400 on July 24 it has been on a slippery slope with a few short dead cat bounces and has fallen back to just above $6,000.<p>[Editor & Author’s note: Investing …

Cryptocurrency

Ritz-Carlton’s new cruise liners are the last word in luxury travel for the ‘1 per centers’ | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Last year the Ritz-Carlton Hotel revealed plans for a luxury cruise line, with three cruise ships set to begin sailing in 2020. Now, reservations are …

Hospitality

A Local in Greece Gave Me a Tip for Visiting the Country, and It's the Opposite of Everything You've Been Told

Use this tip on your next trip.<p>Traveling to Greece during the peak summer months can feel both like a dream and a nightmare.<p>The islands are warm, …

European Travel

Report: The White House Is Using California Wildfires as a Pretext to Seize Control of State Waterways

Donald Trump’s administration has moved to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration take control of California water management under …

Forests

Blue Light Is Causing The Human Eye to Attack Itself

Not good.<p>Excessive exposure to blue light isn't great for our eyes, contributing to a slow loss of vision over the course of a lifetime.<p>Scientists …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Southwest Airlines Did Something Brilliant 4 Months Ago. Now It's Paying Off Big Time

The news suggests they weren't just lucky. They were deliberate. And it's paying off now big-time.<p>It's been four months now since the fatal incident aboard Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which resulted in the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan.<p>It was a terrible tragedy, of course. But now a new …

Southwest Airlines

IRS Provides Guidance On 20% Pass-Through Deduction, But Questions Remain

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — signed into law on December 22, 2017 — gave birth to a brand new provision: Section 199A, which permits owners of sole proprietorships, S corporations, or partnerships to deduct up to 20% of the income earned by the business. While the provision has the potential to …

Retirement

The Black Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing the Legal Weed Industry

VICE met up with the owners of Gas House in Oakland to hear how they turned a black market weed business into one of the country's leading black-owned legitimate cannabis companies.<p>In 2016, VICE met business partners in Atlanta who had a dream of getting into the legal weed business, but couldn’t …

Cannabis

Wells Fargo says hundreds of customers lost homes after computer glitch

Hundreds of people had their homes foreclosed onafter software used by Wells Fargo incorrectly denied them mortgage modifications.<p>The embattled bank revealed the issue in a regulatory filing this week and said it has set aside $8 million to compensate customers affected by the glitch.<p>The same …

Finance

The Stock Market Is Shrinking. That’s a Problem for Everyone.

The American stock market has been shrinking. It’s been happening in slow motion — so slow you may not even have noticed. But by now the change is unmistakable: The market is half the size of its mid-1990s peak, and 25 percent smaller than it was in 1976.<p>“This is troubling for the economy, for …

Stock Markets

Stonehenge mystery solved, says breakthrough scientific study

The ancient mystery of who built Stonehenge has been solved, according to a breakthrough study.<p>A groundbreaking new analysis of the 25 cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire has revealed that 10 of them lived nowhere near the bluestones.<p>Instead they came from western …

Archaeology

The Trump administration is headed for a gigantic debt headache

Swelling government debt levels are shaping up to be the biggest economic challenge for President Donald Trump, a problem that could spill into the …

Economy

Soros-backed Hyperoptic borrows £250m for ultrafast broadband rollout

The broadband operator Hyperoptic has received £250m in new backing to challenge BT by connecting millions of homes with fibre-optic lines.<p>The debt funding will be provided by a consortium of eight banks led by BNP Paribas and ING. It comes on top of £100m pledged by the same lenders last …

George Soros

A World-Leading Technologist on What the Year 2038 Will Look Like | Heleo

“In 25, 30 years, the internet will be more of a conversation, a presence that we experience, rather than a place that we go to.”<p><b>READ ON TO</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

This phone charger is also a hidden security camera

Nobody suspects a phone charger. They’ve become so commonplace that they seem to hide in plain sight. That’s why they’re a perfect disguise for a …

Gear & Gadgets

Is the housing market starting to cool off?

Slow sales and plummeting mortgage applications suggest home prices may have hit their peak<p>With housing inventory shortages rampant across the nation, the summer of 2018 was suppose to be “the most competitive housing market in recorded history,” as realtors braced to field a deluge of offers for …

Canadian Real Estate

DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now

From the policy of separating immigrant families, to limiting the power of labor unions, to naming the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, this summer the DeVos family name has been all over the news.<p>Over the years, the parents, in-laws and husband of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have …

Education

Washington Republicans rattled by Koch shift from Trump

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Washington are growing increasingly worried in the wake of a move by one of the GOP's biggest financial backers to break from President Donald Trump's agenda.<p>The decision by the conservative Koch network to be more selective in supporting candidates that back their free …

Republicans

I talked about racism with 10 strangers over dinner. It did not go well

A few weeks ago I had dinner with 10 strangers of different races and ethnicities. The topic at the table was racism.<p>We were brought together by L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson’s embRACE L.A. project, a series of intimate dinners in homes across the city held with the goal of fostering a …

Women of Color

Judge rules that Judaism is not a race but Jewish people can be targeted for racism. Here's why that matters.

Judaism is not a race. But Jewish people can be targeted for racism.<p>That may seem like a contradiction. But a recent ruling by U.S. Magistrate Mark Hornsby of Louisiana updated anti-discrimination laws in the state. In doing so, Hornsby has potentially helped to clarify the distinction between race …

Rights & Freedoms

What Does It Take To Be In The Top 1%? Not As Much As You Think

When you think of the top 1% of all income earners in American households, how much do you think this group rakes in? Millions? Tens of millions? What about the top 10%?<p>On the contrary, to be considered in the top 1 percent of taxpayers nationally, you’d need an annual income of $480,930. The top …

Retirement

Wells Fargo hit with $2 billion fine over faulty mortgages

The U.S. attorney’s office in California announced Wednesday that it’s fining Wells Fargo $2.09 billion for allegedly mispresenting loan quality for mortgages it made and sold leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The San Francisco-based bank said it will pay the civil penalty but did not admit …

Finance

Rare Diamonds Traced Back to an Even Rarer Element From the Center of the Earth

The movement of oceanic tectonic plates created scarce gems.<p>Blue diamonds shine with a particular allure within the cultural zeitgeist. From <i>Titanic</i>’s …

Geology

CRISPR creates new species with single giant chromosome

For at least the last 10 million years every yeast cell of the sort used to make beer or bread has had 16 chromosomes. But now—thanks to CRISPR …

Biology

Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice

Mice with pancreatic cancer treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study that spotlights the potential for human treatment.<p>CBD, the non-psychoactive (non-intoxicating) …

Cancer

4 Financial Savants Warn About The Great Crash Of 2020

They ought to know. To hear some of the financial world’s smartest folks, today’s buoyant times are numbered. Hey, they’ve been through it before. And they know the odds are in favor of a skid.<p>Some day, maybe next year, maybe in 2020, the economy will take a swan dive and the market will take the …

Stock Markets

Trump Goes to War With Koch Brothers

In angry tweets, president dubs conservative megadonors as ‘total joke’ after they pivoted toward bipartisan policies<p>President Donald Trump on …

Donald Trump