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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

How To Get Rich In Real Estate - Without Being A Landlord

Today I’m going to show you, hands-down, the easiest way to add rental real estate to your portfolio.<p>Don’t worry—you won’t have to leave your computer. Instead of hitting the streets to buy a four-plex or apartment building to rent out, we’re going to purchase a recession-proof real estate income …

Real Estate

You can buy elite residency in Thailand for $60,000 — and the government will even provide a 'concierge' service

There are seven different packages, with the most expensive being the "Elite Ultimate Privilege" scheme.<p>It costs $60,000 for 20 years residency, along with a $600 a year membership fee.<p>Included in the price is a state-sponsored concierge programme, entitling members to VIP access to government …

South-east Asia

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i><i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

9 things that crush the value of your home

While it's often desirable to live somewhat close to a good school, supermarket, or public transportation, living <i>too</i> close could cost you when you try to sell your home.<p>If you're in the vicinity of earsplitting noise — think airplanes taking off, firetrucks whizzing by, or the constant rattle of …

Extreme Sports

The Founder is a surreal startup simulator that strikes at the heart of Silicon Valley

A dark and powerful take on The Sims<p>If you were a Silicon Valley CEO, would your goal in life be to reshape society with world-changing products, or simply make as much money as possible and grow as fast as you can in the shortest amount of time? That’s the blunt and much-needed philosophical …

Silicon Valley

A startup that's developed an anti-aging supplement just raised $20 million

Elysium Health, the brainchild of former Sequoia partner Eric Marcotulli, former JPMorgan vice president Dan Alminana, and MIT biology professor Leonard Guarente, raised $20 million from investors including General Catalyst, which also recently led a funding round for cancer genetics startup Color …

Peer-Reviewed

I tried 3 common tricks to stop hitting snooze — but only one worked

But snoozing my way through the morning isn't exactly the most productive or, frankly, healthy way to begin the day.<p>In fact, research shows that hitting the snooze button may break up REM cycles, making the snoozer even more tired and contributing to lingering annoyances like that groggy, brain fog …

Time I

A renegade economist has a plan for reducing global debt

Professor of Economics at Kingston University and the author of Debunking Economics, Keen has a huge following among anti-system groups, starved of independent thinking, like the Post Crash Economic Society in Manchester and the initiative for Pluralism in Economics.<p>After eight years of …

Finance

There is a possible link between car exhausts and Alzheimer's

Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders. Now, for the first time, we have identified the abundant presence of these highly reactive particles in human brains.<p>Previous studies have …

Neuroscience

We're about to find out what happens when you give poor people basic income for life

In the old days of policymaking by aphorism—give a man a fish, feed him for a day!—simply handing money to the poor was considered an obviously bad idea.<p><i>How naïve—you can't just give people money. They'll stop trying! They'll just get drunk!</i><p>The underlying assumption was that the poor weren't good …

Income Inequality

7 things that surprised me when I flew on Europe's budget airlines

It's understandable — America's budget airline companies tend to get horrible reviews for everything from last-minute cancellations to relentless nickle-and-diming.<p>So when I tell friends and relatives that I regularly fly cheap airlines when I travel around Europe, I am prepared for their immediate …

Duty-free

How Much Do Shady Financial Practices Cost You, Exactly?

(Photo: geralt / Pixabay)<p>The United States' financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is plain. The rest sense that we are …

Finance

Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer's treatment, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Could medical marijuana treat Alzheimer's patients? One recent study found THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common feature of the disease. Furthermore, the researchers discovered it blocks inflammation, which damages …

Dementia

This breakthrough could help scientists see exactly how depression, Alzheimer's, and autism transform our brains

There are approximately 86 billion neurons in a human brain, one of the most intricate known structures in the universe. These brain cells all communicate constantly with each other using perhaps 100 trillion synapses, the messaging points between brain cells where signals can pass from one neuron …

Neuroscience

Here's every key Brexit date you need to know until the end of the year

No nation has ever left the 28-nation bloc and the surprise Brexit victory has plunged UK politics into chaos, with the Prime Minister resigning, Tory candidates vying for his position stabbing each other in the back, and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn facing a rebellion from Labour MPs.<p>While the …

United Kingdom

How Warren Buffett Succeeded: It's More Than Just Stock Picking

For those out there looking for Warren Buffett stocks, if you’re blindly following the “large moat, cheap valuation” mentality, you’re doing it wrong.<p>…

The doom loop is back: Europe’s banks are still buying more of their own governments’ debts

Europe’s banks are still buying more of their home governments’ bonds, even though the enormous exposures between states and financial institutions risk re-starting the so-called ‘doom loop’ that damaged the Greek economy so badly.<p>Banks have doubled their holdings of their own states' debt since …

Economics

TV stock 'experts' don't really know what they are talking about

Back in December I wrote, "There's an entire industry dedicated to telling you what stocks you should buy. The main job of thousands of stock analysts in Singapore and Hong Kong - not to mention London and New York and other financial centres around the world - is to tell investors what stocks are …

Stock Markets

Remedy opens public beta to ensure you’re not overpaying on your medical bills

Remedy Labs is opening up its medical insurance service to more people with the goal of preventing excessive billing and charges. The company said it’s now in a public beta, but there’s a first-come, first-serve waiting list. It claims that it has saved its undisclosed number of customers an …

Health Care

Rise Of Automated Trading: Machines Trading S&P 500

More than 60 percent of trading activities with different assets rely on automated trading and machine learning instead of human traders. Today, …

Machine Learning

There's a Brilliant New Way to Pay Less for Your Flights

There are probably worse travel planners than me, but I doubt it. I’m a procrastinator, and always fretting that I didn’t find the best deal. So a …

Flying

7 red flags not to overlook at an open house

When you're on the hunt for a new home, weekends spent touring open houses can quickly veer from fun to daunting by house No. 3. Keeping track of which home had that great kitchen (but terrible master bath) versus the home with a terrible backyard but a great floor plan can be tough. And while no …

Real Estate

Things you didn't know you could negotiate

"You don't get what you don't ask for."<p>Many of us have heard the phrase, but most of us never think to ask for a price break while shopping.<p>According to a 2013 Consumer Reports study, only 48% of people even attempt to bargain for a better deal on the products and services they buy every day — even …

Personal Finance

Picturesqe Uses AI to Help Photogs Sort Through Thousands of Photos Fast

How many photos did you come home with from your last professional shoot? Whether that number is several hundred or several thousand, that’s a lot of …

Artificial Intelligence

This is the best photo editing app for your phone or tablet

My favorite until now, Photoshop Express, offers users powerful tools to filter and tone their images, bringing some of the rudimentary, core features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to mobile devices.<p>Other apps, like Snapseed, VSCO, and even Instagram's built-in editing tools now offer similar …

Mobile Photography

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

Self-help

The only map you need to see to know the Arctic is the next major frontier

Global warming has increasingly led to the melting of Arctic ice.<p>And, as the ice melts, the world's last true backwater will become a hotbed of global geopolitical competition.<p>The following map from Parag Khanna's book "Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization" demonstrates exactly …

Global Warming

Use a tip from a former McKinsey partner to get through even the most mind-numbing meeting

If you're feeling burnt out in the office — and even if you're not — you may find yourself bored, wanting to put off daily tasks, and fantasizing about napping through your upcoming meetings.<p>Sevenshift CEO, McKinsey senior adviser, and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb understands your pain. …

Bank of England