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'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.

The mosquito-borne Zika epidemic is headed for its first summer in the United States. <i>New York Times</i> reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross that if the virus is ever going to hit hard in the U.S., 2016 will be the year.<p>"No one in the population has had the disease before, so …

Public Health

The Art of Recognizing Good Ideas

And why managers are so bad at it<p>There are two basic modes of judgment: criticism and praise. The former consists of identifying a subject’s flaws; the latter of noting its merits.<p>In most settings, criticism tends to dominate. For any idea or book or movie or what have you, the question that people …

Cirque du Soleil

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Genetics

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Genetics

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

A multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids

After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000.<p>The expense requires his family to rent an apartment in Campbell, California, because buying a home in a decent school district would cost too much. His daughter has excelled in high school, but Aguirre has …

College & University

‘Uber systematically breaking the law’ – Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson said taxi firm Uber is “systematically” breaking the law, but admitted it would be “nuts” to ban the app.<p>Uber’s popularity has grown rapidly in the past few years, with many of its users saying they value the app’s cheap fares.<p>However, in recent months, a row has emerged …

Boris Johnson

Most People Have No Idea Whether They’re Paid Fairly

Managers know that engaged employees are more effective. But despite the vast amount of employee engagement research out there, very little of it focuses on a person’s primary reason for employment in the first place: getting paid.<p>PayScale, the compensation software company where I work, surveyed …

10 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders

If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable …

A former real estate agent reveals 7 broker tricks to look out for when searching for apartment rentals

Apartment hunting is far from simple. You can go about the process one of two ways: through a broker — who acts as a middleman between you and the landlord — or you can work directly with the landlord.<p>While most people shy away from dealing with a broker in hopes of keeping costs down, working …

Real Estate

Finally, An Umbrella That Won’t Drip All Over

We’ve seen no shortage of umbrellas that try to design their way around their most common pitfalls: after you use one, they tend to get everything wet, spray colleagues, and drip all over the floor.<p>The Kjaro, which bills itself as a no-drip portable umbrella, might not be the sexiest brolly around, …

The life of private equity titan Robert Smith, the 268th wealthiest American

Robert F. Smith, CEO of Vista Equity Partners.robertfsmith.org<p>Robert F. Smith, CEO and founder of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, just graced the cover of Forbes' richest Americans issue.<p>With a net worth of $2.5 billion, he's ranked No. 268 on Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans.<p>That …

Venture Capital

How much does each state contribute to the US economy?

The US is the richest nation in the world, with an annual GDP of $17.3 trillion in 2014. However, some states are greater contributors to the economy …

Why Deferred, Zero Interest Credit Card Offers Are Often A Sham

Imagine, if you will, that you are shopping at the store with your friends and you see a big ticket HDTV that you really want. You are short on cash because you have not gotten paid yet, but they offer 12 month financing at zero interest. Sounds tempting, doesn't it? You can pay this off in a year. …

5 attributes that are crucial for success in the 21st century

We can no longer assume that being ‘in work’ is the same thing as being employed – ‘having a job’. As the world becomes more connected, so companies …

Education

5 Lessons Young Entrepreneurs Mostly Learn the Hard Way

Writer, Consultant, Freedom Advocate, Lifetime Entrepreneur<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a business is hard, and the difficulties often are compounded when you’re a young person beginning the entrepreneurial journey. There are many moving parts and resources …

Entrepreneurship