Veronica Holston

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The Neurological Pleasures of Fast Fashion

Research shows that the brain finds pleasure in the pursuit of inexpensive things, and high-street chains and online retailers sites alike are cashing in.<p>In wealthy countries around the world, clothes shopping has become a widespread pastime, a powerfully pleasurable and sometimes addictive …

Cost-benefit Analysis

Who was Andreas Lubitz, Germanwings co-pilot blamed for crash?

<b>Montabaur, Germany (CNN) —</b> Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's voice isn't heard in a recording of the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525.<p>But investigators say he was the one at the controls inside the cockpit, deliberately locking out the plane's captain and setting the plane on a crash course for the …

China's White-Hot Stock Market Is Going Up Again

Since the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rates on Nov. 21, the Shanghai composite has been going bonkers, surging a whopping 20%.<p>It's up 47% since the beginning of the year.<p>"Equity bulls have benefited from a perfect storm of positive conditions," Bloomberg's Tom …

Stock Markets

European Shares Tumble

Weak Asian Data and Fresh Concerns Over the Health of the Eurozone Lead Markets Lower<p>European stocks tumbled into the red Monday, pressured by a bout of weak data out of Asia and fresh concerns over the health of the eurozone after Standard & Poor’s cut its rating for Italy.<p>The Stoxx Europe 600 …

Stock Markets

Fortune.com

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Storm exits, sparing Philippines of huge losses

SAN JUAN, Philippines (AP) — A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon started to blow away from the Philippines Tuesday after leaving …

Berkeley protests over Garner death turn violent

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story said the Cal Student Store's window was cracked. Instead, it was The Student Store, a different entity, that was damaged.</i><p>BERKELEY, Calif. — A peaceful protest in this university town Sunday night over police killings of black men was …

Inside the murky world of knockoff smartphone apps and the ads that fuel them

There are two things any app developers can do to improve their chances of scoring a hit: Make a mobile game. And give it away free. But building an original game is a lot of work and the app store is cluttered with games. So there is a third thing the developer can do—”flip” an existing app. Buy …

Apps

Associated Press News

Google's acquisition of Nest wins FTC approval

The US Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for Google to purchase Nest for $3.2 billion in cash. After Mountain View announced the buyout earlier this year, Google stated it expected the deal to close in the next few months. The FTC has opted to grant Google an "early termination" to the …

Associated Press News

France's future at risk from 'unnatural families', say conservative protesters

Under a sea of fluttering pink and blue flags, the <i>Manif Pour Tous</i> (Demo for all) movement's complaints were eclectic and apocalyptic – with a dash of paranoia and conspiracy thrown in for good measure.<p>"If we don't stop this government there be no future for France," said Médéric, 20, a student. …

Ukrainian opposition demands elections

<b>Kiev</b> - Ukranian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko has called for immediate elections, saying that nothing short of the government's resignation will solve the political crisis, as the embattled president is set to resume office from Monday.<p>The boxer-turned-politician made the comments on Sunday at …

John Kerry labelled 'anti Semite' for warning of possible boycott of Israel

US Secretary of State has been labelled an 'anti Semite' for warning of a possible economic boycott if Israel fails to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians<p>John Kerry, the US secretary of state, triggered an angry backlash from Israeli leaders on Sunday after warning <b>Israel</b> faces an economic …

Deadly blasts hit Pakistan cinema

A cinema in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar has been struck by two blasts, killing at least five people and injuring at least 20 others.<p>The explosions took place on Sunday in the Picture House, as it is known locally, in Qissa Khawani Bazaar.<p>Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, …

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead: Actor Dies At 46 In New York Apartment

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday (Feb. 2).<p>The 46-year-old actor's cause of death has yet to be determined but the New York Police Department is investigating and a law-enforcement official confirmed to WSJ that the Academy …

a tour of our chicken coop

Yesterday, I shared pictures of the process of building our coop. Today’s post is simply a photo tour of the coop. Like I mentioned yesterday, our …

This is the world’s best-designed pizza box

A Mumbai businessman has revolutionized the way hot take-out food will reach you. His solution: making sure the packaging has proper ventilation.<p>Tired of having too many soggy pizzas delivered to him, Vinay Mehta decided to do something about it. In 2006, with a pen knife, some cardboard and a long …

South India

Davos billionaires: Oblivious to the coming revolution

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The world looks different from rarified altitude of a billionaire. Especially if you’re one of the 85 richest …

5 days of school shootings, lockdowns, scares jolt U.S. campuses

Every day this week a shooting, lockdown or scare jolted five campuses across the nation.<p><b>5) Friday:</b><p>South Carolina State Universitywas locked down for several hours Friday afternoon after a fatal shooting outside a dormitory left one student dead. Authorities are searching for at least four suspects …

Columbine High School

Microsoft's Tablet Strategy Pays Off

<i>Disclosure: I own MSFT stock</i><p>Microsoft Corporation seems to be getting its business strategy right, as evidenced by a recent earnings report.<p>Yesterday, the company announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted …

The Shockingly Low Salaries of Professional Cheerleaders

Give me an R! Give me an A! And a I! An S! An E! What does that spell?<p>High-school cheerleaders rule the halls, commanding the admiration of every dweeb, dork, and quarterback. But as salaried adults, cheerleaders are at the bottom of the pyramid.<p>This week, current and former Raiderettes—the cheer …

Why Vietnamese Americans rule the nail salon scene

The opening of VN Nails in Salida, Colorado (population 5,500), confirmed for me the Vietnamese American reign over nail salons in the United States …

Exploring Caves in the Valley of Fire

Careful Composition<p>Some of these spots are Extremely Difficult to get into. I’m not kidding. I have to get my body in positions that are not only …

Trees on the Pond

Buying things when you travel<p>If you buy stuff when you travel, do you usually send it back via mail or take it back? I’ve taken to just getting …

The Ever-Changing Mountains

Constantly Adding Back-End Functionality<p>Although this will not be terribly exciting from an outside-visual-standpoint, I am very happy that we are …