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A breakthrough may make the mega flow battery commercially viable in the near future

With renewable power becoming more common, researchers are increasingly focused on figuring out how to safely store and discharge large amounts of energy. Expensive lithium-ion batteries don't do this well. Flow batteries, on the other hand, show a lot of promise — and a new design from researchers …

Meet the short-seller single-handedly crushing the titans of the hedge fund industry

That's right. Andrew Left's mom worries for his safety.<p>Left has been writing about stocks for more than a decade, but in the past few weeks has been catapulted to front-page news.<p>It started when Left's Citron Research published a report on October 21, asking if Valeant Pharmaceuticals was like …

There's a huge amount of oil stuck on boats in Singapore

In fact, in Singapore there's whole treasure trove worth of oil sitting on tankers in the country's docks because dozens of energy and shipping companies are unable to get funding for smaller deals to shift the goods, in an environment where the price of oil has tanked by over 50% since summer last …

Hemingway's 10 Best Quotes

In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.<p>In celebration of the man's birthday, our favorite words of wisdom from the legendary writer.

Literature

Articles about raising level and getting new roof basic bungalow becomes modern gem on Dwell.com - Dwell

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, is a new player on the local scene that has become the...<p>There's something fascinating that happens when creative types are placed in a new geographical context.<p>In need of new accommodations for its campers, Wildwood State Park …

Luxury Lifestyle

Happiest Man in the World: Stop Trying to be Happy

In his new book, Altruism, a scientist turned Buddhist monk argues that we’re all hardwired to be altruistic—and that’s the secret to true bliss.<p>Type …

Happiness

In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

The first thing you notice when you enter the grounds of Halden Prison in Norway's far southeast is the forest: Pine and birch trees surround buildings of dark black brick with elegant windows. There's no concrete exercise yard here; it looks like a university campus.<p>Are Hoidal, the prison …

Crime

4% monthly interest rate cap for moneylenders

Banned Russian art squirrelled away in Uzbekistan | Europe

<b>Nukus, Uzbekistan -</b> This seems like the least likely place for an art collection.<p>This city of 230,000 lies in the middle of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history - the desiccation of the Aral Sea - victim of Soviet-era efforts to boost cotton production in arid Central …

Art

Why McDonald's Isn't Dead Yet | Inc.com

McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon.<p>Its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday aren't expected to be pretty either, and there's a chance its dominance will continue to wane as newer …

McDonald's

What To Buy If Greece Exits The Euro Zone

Earlier last month, we discussed why the chance of a long-term solution to keep Greece in the Euro Zone was slim, due to three reasons:<p>1) Currency unions such as the European Monetary Union can only work in the long-run if wealthier states directly subsidize poorer states with no strings attached. …

Economy

A startup launched 9 months ago by these former Nokia engineers is going absolutely bonkers

Today the company says its database is already running on 100 million devices.<p>That makes it the second-most deployed database in the world, by the calculations of Alexander Stigsen, co-founder and CEO.<p>That's because this is an "embedded" database that runs on your mobile device. The databases built …

Databases

How The Fed Fostered The Oil Glut And Price Drop - Wall Street Losing Patience

Let’s start with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> article, “Banks Struggle to Unload Oil Loans,” which reveals the Fed’s role in encouraging excess oil production that led to the inevitable price drop (italics are mine):<p>Energy-sector deals have been a bright spot at a time when once-lucrative businesses, …

Economics

How to Make a Fortune With Franchise Stocks

Have you heard about the guy who invested $2,000 into <b>Home Depot (HD)</b> after it went public and never sold his shares?<p>He made millions, as we will see …

Dual Skyscraper Design that "Erases" Shadows Between Them

Gaming the sun through geometry and reflectivity<p>For something that gives life to our planet, the sun can be a pain in the ass, at least in cities. …

The surging dollar is a signal that a colossal financial event is just around the corner

When markets expect that US interest rates will be hiked, it typically strengthens the dollar. That's because people rush to change other currencies into dollars — they can make more money in dollar-denominated investments. The higher demand for the US currency drives its value up.<p>In the past, …

Markets

3 biggest financial mistakes made by each generation

High school yearbooks don’t say which students are “most likely to make terrible financial decisions.” But if they did, a recent report could predict …

As trading pits close, traders yearn for 'roar' of old

NEW YORK (AP) — When Marc Schwartz heard that many of America's last trading pits were closing down, the veteran commodities trader was hardly …

Stock Markets

Apple’s new Chinese ad will make you cry whatever language you speak

One of the most interesting things about Apple’s continued expansion into China is going to be watching how it tweaks its marketing to target a country Tim Cook has claimed will soon be Apple’s biggest market.<p>Ahead of Chinese New Year on February 19, Apple has debuted a new ad in China, updating …

Chinese New Year

London's $1 Billion Finance Startup TransferWise Is Just Like An Ancient Islamic Money Transfer System

It does this by not actually transferring money across borders — instead, it matches up payments with those going the opposite direction. So "your" money never actually leaves the country — it's just rerouted to someone who's being sent a similar amount by someone overseas. Your foreign recipient, …

Capture Any Audio on a Mac With Audio Hijack 3

Rogue Amoeba today announced the launch of <i>Audio Hijack 3</i> for Mac, which allows users to record audio from any source, including Skype, Safari, or hardware inputs like microphones. As described by the company, "if it can be heard on Mac OS X, Audio Hijack can record it."<p><i>Audio Hijack 3</i> follows in the …

Music Production

Giveaway: Win a Nikon D810 or Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Worth $3,000

<b>Update</b>: This giveaway is now over and the winner has been selected. Please see below for the announcement.<p>We’re back with another big giveaway as a …

Russia faces 'perfect storm' as reserves vanish and derivatives flash default warnings

BNP Paribas says Russia no longer has enough reserves to cover external debt and enters this crisis 'twice as levered' as it was before the Lehman crash<p>Russia’s foreign reserves have dropped to the lowest level since the Lehman crisis and are vanishing at an unsustainable rate as the country …

Economics

Seven Best Budget Travel Destinations

Traveling frugally doesn’t mean missing out, especially if you’re willing to think outside of the box when it comes to destinations. There are parts of the world where ten dollars can you buy you a meal, a beer and bed, not to mention excursions like cliff jumping or scuba diving.<p>Here’s a …

This spectacular home is at peace with the California desert

The Desert House is simply a stunning example of architecture as art. Located in picturesque Joshua Tree — right in Southern California's High Desert — the home is at a comfortable equilibrium with its barren desert environment. The structure is dominated by soaring concrete ribs, but the overall …

These Are the 4 Best Headphones for the Holidays

Few gifts are safer than a pair of headphones. Unless you’re shopping for DJs or recording artists, chances are your recipient is still limping along …

Gary Fong: My Account of the Ridiculous $300,000 Lawsuit Threat Against Nelson Tang

On July 14, 2012, I received a desperate email from a photographer whom I had only met once briefly at a public appearance. He was terribly …