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Fall from tree may have killed human ancestor Lucy, study suggests

The famous human ancestor known as Lucy walked the Earth, but it was her tree climbing that might have led to her demise, a new study suggests.<p>An analysis of her partial skeleton reveals breaks in her right arm, left shoulder, right ankle and left knee — injuries that researchers say resulted from …

Why China's Stimulus Package Was a Big Mistake

On Friday, China’s stock market fell yet again, pushing it into bear market territory.<p>More than a few economists these days are starting to say there …

Economics

Support Your Local Oil and Natural Gas Company

Whether it’s GHG emissions,“excessive” profits, “special” tax breaks or “subsidies,” and/or inevitable accidents such as spills, the U.S. oil industry faces relentless attack. Oil, however, is our main source of energy since 1950, supplying 36% of primary U.S. energy demand and fueling 95% of the …

Oil & Gas Industry

Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.<p>It hasn't worked out that way.<p>The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 …

Oil & Gas Industry

10 Of The Happiest Places On Earth

Even if you don't live in one of these allegedly jubilant locales, you can and should visit them. Here, the top ten, plus the one place in each country you've just got to see.<p><b>1: Switzerland. View Panoramic & Read More.</b><p><b>2: Iceland. View Panoramic & Read More.</b><p><b>3: Denmark. View Panoramic & Read More.</b><p><b>4:</b> …

Panoramic Photography

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Canada’s economy clouding over, with a chance of heavy showers

Considering the damage wreaked by the steep drop in oil prices, falling Chinese demand for other commodities and the lack of an effective replacement for Alberta's sputtering growth engine, the Canadian economy appears to be holding up reasonably well.<p>The crystal-ball gazers have been trimming …

Employment

The Heart of Business Analysis Planning: 8 Questions To Answer In Your Work Plan

Business Analysis Planning is about identifying the collection of tasks that need to be completed to ensure that the business analysis effort is …

Project Management
Pedagogy
Pedagogy

The Most And Least Common Jobs In The U.S.

Have you held one of the most or least common jobs in the U.S.? If you’re a waiter, a clerk, or a radio operator, the answer is yes.<p>Under the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Occupational Employment Statistics program gathers employment and wage estimates by geography and across all industrial …

Employment

Uniqlo goes where others have been burnt: Canada

Uniqlo, the Japanese clothier and retailer, is jumping into Canada with a plan to avoid some of the problems that have bedeviled other retailers who …

Uniqlo

Why Big Data Has Everything To Do With The Price Of Oil

The current malaise in the oil and gas industry commenced well before the falling price of oil started to dominate headlines and caused upheaval in currency and stock markets.<p>Take the Digital Oil Field (DOF) – a.k.a. Integrated Operations of the Future, the Smart Field, Intelligent Field, or …

Oil & Gas Industry

Stock market risk is higher today than it was in the dot-com era

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — The risk of a major bear market in stocks is now higher than it’s been in years.<p>That, at least, is the message of …

Stock Markets

Europe is leaking

2015-01-12T08:54:19.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>From JPM’s Flows & Liquidity team, this is what ECB QE incontinence looks like:<p>Specifically, that shows the …

Investing

Why Big Business Fails At Innovation

<i>The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.</i> – John Stuart Mill<p>Big businesses don’t seem to be very innovative. An informal glance around the big business landscape won’t reveal much in the way of innovation beyond perhaps the …

Innovation

Saudi prince: $100-a-barrel oil 'never' again

<i>Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told me we will not see $100-a-barrel oil again. The plunge in oil prices has been one of the biggest stories of the year. And while cheap gasoline is good for consumers, the negative impact of a 50% decline in oil has been wide and deep,</i> …

Oil

Wall St. falls; energy shares dragged down further by oil | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell for a second straight session on Monday, led by another sharp decline in energy shares as oil prices tumbled about 5 percent and concern grew ahead of corporate earnings season.<p>Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 7, 2015. …

Stock Markets

Construction hiring is surging

The construction industry, hit hard by the housing crash and recession, is ramping up hiring in an encouraging sign for job and wage growth this year.<p>Contractors added 48,000 jobs in December, the most since last January, and 290,000 in 2014, a nine-year high. That helped push overall payroll …

Construction Industry

Investing in oil can cause pain now but produce profits later

The crash in crude oil prices has led to big shifts in the global economy.<p>As just one example of how widespread the impact is, a recent report from …

Oil & Gas Industry