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New Images Show Saturn's Moon Titan in Incredible Detail

Our limited human eyesight can really constrain our understanding of the universe. We can see only a thin swath of light’s wavelengths, those waves …

Astronomy

KKR becomes second PE firm to restructure after tax reform

What No New Particles Means for Physics

Physicists are confronting their “nightmare scenario.” What does the absence of new particles suggest about how nature works?

Why GE Is Selling Another Part of Its Business to a Private Equity Firm

Just a month after spinning off its transportation business, GE (ge) is nearing a deal to sell off a unit that makes industrial engines.<p>After missing …

Selling

SpaceX just sold the US Air Force the cheapest enormous rocket it’s ever bought

SpaceX has won its first contract to launch a classified military satellite on its Falcon Heavy rocket, beating out rival United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.<p>The launch contract will cost the US Air Force $130 million, far less than the $350 million average cost of …

Space Travel

Black Holes Could Actually Be Colliding Wormholes

When two wormholes collide, they could produce ripples in space-time that ricochet off themselves. Future instruments could detect these …

Comcast, in 2nd Try, Offers $65 Billion Cash for 21st Century Fox

Comcast announced an offer worth $65 billion for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s businesses on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with the Walt Disney Company for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.<p>The all-cash bid by Comcast, the largest cable company and broadband provider in the United States, came a …

Media Industry

AT&T Wins Approval for $85.4 Billion Time Warner Deal in Defeat for Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday approved the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal, in a decision that is expected to unleash a wave of corporate takeovers.<p>The judge, Richard J. Leon of United States District Court …

Time Warner

This Is Why The Event Horizon Telescope Still Doesn’t Have An Image Of A Black Hole

The data has been taken, collected, and analyzed. So where is the first image of an event horizon, already?<p>Across multiple continents, including …

The AT&T Ruling Could Change How Mega Deals Are Made

It’s the $85 billion question that could hold the key to how mega deals are made for years to come.<p>When U.S. District Judge Richard Leon hands down …

AT&T Judge Could Clear Time Warner Deal With ‘No Blackout’ Fix

AT&T Inc.’s wait is finally over. Nearly two years after inking an $85.4 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Inc., the phone giant will learn Tuesday …

Swiss Reject Plan That Would Have Revolutionized Banking

Switzerland dismissed a proposal to radically change the way banks lend money, a victory for the financial establishment including central bank chief …

Scottish breakthrough in carbon-capture technology

A gas-fired power plant in Scotland may be able to generate ultra-low carbon power at a cheaper cost than ­nuclear, according to its developers.<p>The engineers behind the Caledonia Clean Energy Project (CCEP) claim a scheme to strip the carbon emissions from the flue of a gas-fired power plant could …

What To Do When ETFs Become Weapons Of Mass Destruction?

In 2003, Warren Buffett called derivatives weapons of mass destruction. Borrowing Buffett's terminology, Arik Ahitov and Dennis Bryan, FPA Capital …

The green bond market, explained

In August 2016, an article on this website tried to explain the main drivers behind the surprising increase of green bonds in the capital market. One …

Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes

Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general …

Elon Musk has big plans for the new Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX just launched successfully

For nearly a decade, SpaceX evolved its Falcon 9 rocket every launch, trying to keep up with lead designer Elon Musk's relentless pursuit of …

Space Travel

Can Takeda Have Its $62 Billion Cake and Eat It?

Drugmaker thinks it can pay a steep premium and generate returns.<p>It looks like a scientific breakthrough in its own right. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has agreed to buy Shire Plc for 65 percent more than the rare-disease specialist's value just a few weeks ago — yet the Japanese drugmaker reckons the …

Nestle's Starbucks Deal Is Buzz-Worthy

It didn't come cheap, but the alliance makes sense if the food giant is serious about conquering the North American coffee market.<p>Nestle SA may have found the right brew for perking up its U.S. coffee business.<p>The consumer-goods giant on Monday announced a $7.2 billion deal with Starbucks Corp. …

How T-Mobile and Sprint Kept Their Blockbuster Deal a Secret

Last month, a $26.5 billion deal called “Project Lakes” rocked the telecom industry.<p>Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad. Project Lakes was the secret …

Why Investors Need Caution in $1 Trillion Loan Market

The market for risky loans often used in buyouts has ballooned on investor demand<p>By<p>Paul J. Davies<p>Paul J. Davies<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@PaulJDavies<p>paul.davies@wsj.com<p>Demand for risky loans that fund private-equity buyouts and other highly indebted companies has pushed the size of the market …

Private Equity

Sprint, T-Mobile: Three Big Takeaways

I almost can’t believe it. After years of flirtation and false starts—not to mention false hope for investors—wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc. and …

CBS Is Planning First Proposal for Viacom Deal Within Days

CBS Corp. is preparing to make an initial merger proposal to Viacom Inc. within days, people with knowledge of the matter said, setting the stage for …

Walmart-Humana Sounds Wild, But Makes Sense

As if the health-care-merger frenzy weren't wild enough already, it looks as if Walmart Inc. may soon dive into it.<p>The mammoth discount retailer is …

Takeda’s debts raise doubts over its ability to finance Shire bid

Japanese drug maker Takeda is facing questions over its ability to finance a debt-fuelled deal for FTSE 100 rival Shire without placing further strain on its stretched finances.<p>Ratings agency Moody’s has warned that Takeda will need to pile on more debt to its already weakened balance sheet if it …

Charting the adoption of direct startup investments by family offices

There’s money, and then there’s <i>wealth</i>. In all likelihood, money is what most of us have (or don’t have). It’s what we use to buy lunch, pay rent or put a down payment on a house. Wealth, on the other hand, is what buys yachts. But more than superficial material things, wealth also buys financial …

Venture Capital

Barclays: Too Big For a Deal, Too Small to Compete

A separation of the U.K. and international businesses is an obvious place to start thinking about hidden value<p>Does a leading U.K. retail and commercial bank belong with a mid-ranking U.S.-focused investment bank? If you were pitching this as a new business, you’d surely struggle to find backers.<p>But …

Investing

Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself?

Daniel Ek, Spotify Technology SA’s co-founder and chief executive officer, was in a celebratory mood on Feb. 28, the day his streaming music company …

The uproar over Unroll.me selling user data to Uber shows most people don’t understand ad-based business models

Nothing really comes for free.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>This week saw a furor surrounding Unroll.me, a service that offers to unsubscribe users from unwanted emails, but …

AdTech