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This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

The Whisky Chronicles

We were driving on what is locally known as the Golden Mile, a stretch on the wind-pummeled, rugged island of Islay off Scotland’s southwest coast that includes three time-honored, world-renowned distilleries that most Scotch whisky drinkers would recognize by name — Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig.<p>…

Whiskey

The Uncomfortable Truth About Entrepreneurship That Nobody Wants To Talk About

Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey filled with ups, downs, and a few directions you never knew existed. But is it your journey?<p>I often liken the entrepreneurial journey to parenting; no matter how much you study it, observe it in others, ask for advice, prepare for it, or convince yourself that …

Entrepreneurship

4 Tiny Funds With Massive Dividends (Up To 11.7%)

When investors ask me why they should invest in closed-end funds (CEFs), I tell them three things:<p>First, CEFs pay an outsized income stream—7% yields are easy to get and easy to sustain with a CEF portfolio.<p>Second, CEFs often trade for less than their intrinsic worth. While ETFs trade at their net …

Investing

In Peru, a Still-Hidden Alternative to Machu Picchu

I was standing in a cloud forest in northern Peru, 10,000 feet above sea level. Quiet cloaked the more than 400 cylindrical homes and ceremonial buildings that make up the most important settlement of the Chachapoyas, or “Cloud Warrior” culture. Farther out were limestone walls up to 65 feet high. …

South America

Where fat goes when you lose weight

The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.<p>Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. The most common misconception by far, was that fat …

Nutrition

15 common math questions from the SATs everyone gets wrong

The SAT doesn't just test how good you are at math, reading, and writing — it tests how good you are at taking the SAT.<p>Preparing for the math section of the test requires lots of practice and memorization of some formulas, but it's also important to know how to recognize trick questions, sift …

Something mysterious is happening in the desert outside Phoenix

Something mysterious is happening in the Arizona desert 45 minutes outside Phoenix.<p>A secretive shell company just plunked down a cool $80 million for 25,000 acres of seemingly worthless land.<p>Investment firm Mt. Lemmon Holdings is sinking almost $100 million on a huge area of land far away from …

Investing

Here's Why I Plan to Take Social Security at 62

The right age to take your benefits is a personal decision, but for me, the answer is a no-brainer.<p>Instead of waiting to claim Social Security at my …

39 Great Whiskeys You Can Actually Find at Your Liquor Store

Here’s the truth about most “Best Whiskeys” lists you’ll find online: a slideshow of rare Pappy Van Winkles and Macallan Lalique releases aren’t …

The Second ETF To Buy For Your Core Portfolio

Creating a core portfolio of ETFs is a quick and simple way to manage your investments and provides a higher expected return for a given level of …

Investing

Research Keeps Showing This Kind Of Teaching Is Very Effective. So Why Won’t Schools Use It?

A new peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 328 studies performed over the past 50 years finds “strong positive results” for a style of teaching known as …

Pedagogy

A California judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee shops must put a cancer warning on coffee

Coffee shops in California, including places such as Starbucks as well as gas stations that sell coffee, need to post labels about potential cancer-causing chemicals in coffee, a California judge has ruled.<p>In March, Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued a tentative ruling that said coffee …

Coffee

After 45 Birthdays, Here Are '12 Rules for Life'

Don't lose friends over politics. Don't lose a spouse over pickles.<p>Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Somewhere in eighth grade, many of us acquired the idea that the nasty putdown, the superior smile, the clever one liner, are the signs of intelligence and great personal strength. But this kind …

The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either) | Inc.com

If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong--wrong wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn't-<i>be</i>-more-wrong."<p>The quote appears on …

Bill Gates

New Pass-Through Deduction Presents Tax Planning Opportunities for Pass-Through Owners

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) will dramatically change the tax treatment of income from many partnerships, limited liability companies, and S …

The Case Against College

Last April, Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the College for All Act, which would eliminate tuition and fees at public four-year …

Here’s Why the Arroyo Seco Should Be Your Next Great Day Trip

This piece originally appeared as part of our Be A Tourist in Your Own Town guide, in the December 2017 issue of Los Angeles magazine. Both untamed …

California

35 Hidden Bars Around the World and How to Find Them

Some of the world's most intriguing bars are in locations you might not expect, hidden in taco joints and noodle shops, or disguised as everything …

Country Lifestyle

We talked to an economist who predicted the Great Recession about the next financial crisis

Jim Rickards, the author of "Currency Wars," "The Death of Money," and "The New Case for Gold," and most recently "The Road to Ruin," is no stranger to financial meltdowns. As general counsel for the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), he had a front row seat as dozens of Wall Street …

39 Amazing Trips To Take With Your BFFs

Thanks to Instagram, we know all about the vacation habits of our favorite girl gangs, from the Kardashian-Jenner clan to Taylor Swift's posse of …

Older, higher more remote: uncovering the Peruvian landmark that's a rival to Macchu Pichu

This is the time when travel companies begin to talk up what they believe to be the hot destinations of the coming year. And the place that keeps recurring – certainly it’s top of the high-end specialist Red Savannah's trends list – is the pre-Inca citadel of Kuélap in Peru.<p>A rival to Macchu Pichu …

The Supreme Court's Blockbuster Patent Case: What You Need to Know

The Supreme Court has heard some big intellectual property cases in recent years, but nothing like this. On Monday, the court is hearing a …

10 Finance Books Worth Reading This Winter

Some suggestions, if you're having trouble deciding what to do when it's cold outside.<p>About this time of year, I like to make a list of newly released books to read during the cold winter months. There are so many new and interesting authors releasing new works each year that a check list makes it …

Ten Books that Changed the World

<i>Martin Puchner, author of</i> The Written World: How Literature Shaped History <i>selects ten books that he believes have strongly influenced the course of</i> …

Literature

How to Make Money Driving for Amazon Flex

You like to drive, have some spare time and need to make some extra cash — but you don’t want to shuttle people around.<p>Amazon is looking for people …

iPhone 5

For Your Bucket List: The Peruvian Gem That's The Next Machu Picchu

I didn’t expect to see a kangaroo in Peru, but that’s exactly what greets me in the Andean pueblo of Huamachuco. Admittedly, the marsupial is …

Explore the ancient ruins of Peru’s Choquequirao with virtual reality

The amazing ruins of Choquequirao in Peru are often compared to the country’s main attraction of Machu Picchu, but without the massive crowds of visitors that flock to the Incan site each year.<p>Lonely Planet named it the top region in the world to visit in 2017, and now the local government is …